Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Carter, Middle Carter (attempt), Mt. Hight, Carter Dome, NH
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 18, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Work has been done, but still quite a few blowdowns between Zeta Pass and Middle Carter 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Bugs are out, but not too bad yet. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Started up Nineteen Mile Brook Tr about 10:30. Took the Nineteen Mile Brook Tr to Carter Dome Tr - trail was a mix of dry with some wet areas up to just below Zeta Pass when some patches of ice/snow started. At Zeta Pass I took a left on the Carter-Moriah Tr towards South and Middle Carter. There was definitely evidence of work being done to clear the blowdowns, but there were still quite a few blowdowns along this stretch, some more difficult to navigate than others. Lots of taking my pack off/on. After hitting South Carter I descended to the col between South and Middle before deciding to turn around because it was getting to be later than I'd hoped and I was headed back to the Carter Notch Hut for the night.

From Zeta Pass to Mt Hight it was mostly stable monorail. I didn't use my microspikes, but would have put them on if I had been going down this way. Shortly after the summit of Mt Hight to Carter Dome there was a lot of snow. Manageable in spots, but I was postholing up to my mid-thigh at times. Carter Dome down to the hut was icy then patchy ice and bare ground. I put my spikes on to pick up the pace, but it probably could have been barebooted. Had a great night at the hut, only one staying for the night.  
Name: KS 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-05-19 
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