Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Wildcat E, Wildcat D, Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, NH
Trails: Lost Pond Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The lot at Pinkham Notch was almost full at 8:15AM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None on the route I hiked. Other hikers reported the crossing of the Ellis River was not difficult today. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in good condition. There is one evergreen across the Wildcat Ridge Trail at five feet above ground on the section between Route 16 and Wildcat E. Make sure you duck. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Ledges on Wildcat Ridge Trail may prove difficult for some dogs. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The Lost Pond Trail avoids a crossing of the Ellis River. There is new boardwalks near the beginning of the Lost Pond Trail. Great view of Mt Washington and Huntington Ravine from the shore of Lost Pond. Wildcat Ridge Trail is very steep and rough especially the ascent out of the notch. Rock stairs and wood stairs make the footing a bit more secure. However, the ascent of the ledges in wet weather or if surfaces are icy would be very difficult and likely not safe. Most of the ridge hike are on rocky surfaces with some small muddy and wet spots. Superb views of Mt Washington and the eastern ravines from various points on the ridge. There are also views east to the Wild River Valley and the Evans Notch area from other outlooks. There are no summit signs on the peaks except Wildcat D has the elevation noted on the observation platform and Wildcat A is adjacent to the viewpoint down to Carter Notch. Expect tourists around the top of the ski area.
Saw many hikers today. A few hikers from southern NH. A surprising number of AT thru hikers going in both directions.  
E-Mail: WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-09-23 
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