Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Wildcat D, Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, NH
Trails: Wildcat Ridge Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 25, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Easy parking at Glen Ellis Falls parking access road (gate up). 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossing at Route 16 across from the Glen Ellis lot is easily done, so you can park there and avoid the one-mile Lost Pond Trail from Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. No issues encountered elsewhere on route. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few trees down, presumably from recent storm. Several areas have been cleared/brushed back recently - thank you! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a Wal Mart hiking pole a bit into the brush on the way up toward the southern end of Wildcat Ridge. Was bent already, simply packed it out. Picked up a few smaller pieces of trash along the way. 
Comments: Awesome day to be across from Washington and the northern Presidential Range! The Wildcat Ridge Trail provided numerous opportunities to take in the partly sunny skies and unobscured Washington summit. Encountered lots of people along the way, more than a few planning to descend the Wildcat Ridge Trail toward Route 16 - a little bold given the conditions on this steep section.

Early winter conditions abound up higher, but nothing micro-spikes can't handle, even on the steep ascent from Route 16 onto the ridge. Micro-spikes are essential for safe passage above, say, 3700' on the Wildcat Ridge Trail, and all along the ridge itself. You'll need them for the upper half of the 19 Mile Brook Trail, too. Snowshoes not necessary... yet. A few new inches of snow were expected overnight into the 26th, so do check for any more recent snowfall before deciding.

Saw one -- just one -- posthole along the ridge. Never too early for something like that. :)  
Name: Erik Bertrand 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-11-25 
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