Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Wildcat D, Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, NH
Trails: Polecat ski trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 2, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room at ski area. Other lots (19 MB, Joe Dodge) were overflowing onto highway. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No blowdowns. Some failed waterbars. Unmitigated erosion. Very brushy in places between D and B. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Minimal. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Ski area is still in early stages of mowing, so the work road is generally the easiest going. I stayed on Polecat proper, cutting off the work road in a few places on either mowed grass or minimal unmowed stretches. Generally dry with only one minor muddy area.

Wildcat Ridge Trail had some mud, running water, and wet ledge on the rocky portion of the ascent up C. Otherwise, generally dry across the ridge.

On the return, after climbing out of the C-D col, before the sustained steep (with a few random log steps), I did the quick bushwhack over to the ski area (second half was via a herd path) to cut off reclimbing D peak. Easy going once you can see the light of the ski slope as a guide.

Warmer temps than yesterday, but occasional summit fog. Lots of hikers out. Lots of wildflowers and monarch butterflies on the ski slopes. A few trees already turning.  
Name: rocket21 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-09-02 
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