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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Carter Dome, South Carter, NH
Trails
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings on Carter Dome mostly snowbridged, so crossing were easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of blowdowns and some tangles on Carter-Moriah Trail between Zeta Pass and South Carter, see notes below. Thank you to those who have already done some clearing up there! It made the going easier! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: From the parking lot to the Carter Dome Trail, 19MB is pretty well packed, some rocks still showing here and there in the ledgy spots. A little more snow and a few more passes with snowshoes and it will be a side walk. Carter Dome Trail to Zeta Pass and on up to Carter Dome had anywhere from 2 to 6" of new snow over a packed base. Relatively easy going, but the snow was sticking and balling on the snowshoes due the warm temps.

From Zeta Pass to South Carter the Carter-Moriah Trail was unbroken, or at least had not been broken in quite some time. Snow depth was anywhere from 10" to 18" and in some places deeper. (Maybe Santa should bring me those tails for my snowshoes for extra float!) Add to that numerous step over, duck under, crawl under and tunnel under blowdowns and it was pretty slow going up to Middle Carter. Someone has already been up there to start the clean up, which really helped, we could see how much harder it would have been without any prior clearing of the trail. There are a couple of places where there are several large blowdowns tangled together, making crawling under the easiest option. Considering that the wind had picked up and it was still snowing on us, plus the fact that we probably would not have made it Middle Carter before dark, we elected to head back to Zeta Pass and down the Carter Dome Trail.

Thanks to HikingGuy, Claudette and Kevin for being wonderful friends and crazy enough to join me on this adventure!  
Name
Name: SBanks 
E-Mail
E-Mail: summersetbanks@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-12-20 
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