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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome, NH
Trails
Trails: Camp Dodge Cutoff, Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 3, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Nineteen Mile Brook lot plowed. Camp Dodge access road plowed to gate...may be enough room for a vehicle or two to park without blocking. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: On south Imp Trail, open but easily rock hopped. On Carter Dome Trail, upper crossing was still partially bridged, but lower crossing was open with icy rocks. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few chainsaw blowdowns on Imp Trail. Decent number of small to moderate blowdowns on North Carter, Carter-Moriah, and Carter Dome Trails. Large blowdown in Zeta Pass has trail rerouting around it. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: What a difference a day makes. While I wore snowshoes roundtrip, one could Microspike this whole loop without postholing today, due to freezeup and sustained cold temperatures during the day. Trails were all hardpack frozen granular with the occasional blue ice bulge or open area from runoff. Lots of postholes on Carter Dome Trail above Zeta Pass from barebooters during warm temps - a pain to snowshoe or walk on as a result. This area should remain firm until next above freezing day or snowstorm. Ideal bushwhacking conditions in upper elevations as well.  
Name
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rocket21 at franklinwebpublishing dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-01-03 
Link
Link: http://www.franklinsites.com/hikephotos/NewHampshire/middlecartermtn-2011-0103.php 
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