Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Carter Dome, NH
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Couple cars in the parking lot 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water levels still low and rock hoppable. One snow bridge still intact about halfway between 19 mile and Zeta jct. Will probably be gone after the upcoming rains. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lot of blow downs on CD trail, especially right before/after Zeta - one I had to crawl under. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None 
Bugs: Two no-see-ums and a BUTTERFLY! :D 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: nothing 
Comments: There was fresh powdery snow on the trail and I followed someone's tracks up 19 mile until I turned on the Carter Dome trail and the tracks continued towards the hut. I didn't see any other tracks all day, except for something that was possibly a large fox. The monorail is getting smaller and more difficult to discern as the snow continues to melt. It hugs the side of the slope, especially after Zeta heading up to Carter Dome. Unfortunately, on that side of the slope the spruces are face-high and in your way. It felt like they were trying to shove me down the slope (jerks!). After you turn onto CD trail from 19 mile, it's evident what kind of hike you're going to have. In places where there's water on the trail, the bridges are gone and people have tried hiking around, sometimes successfully and sometimes not. The monorail itself was very stable - the problem was figuring out where it was, especially with the new snowfall. Stray just a little and it's a nice thigh high trip into the snow. I wore snowshoes for short awhile, but then the trail itself would just diminish into something 8 or 9 inches wide, hugging the side of the slope. So, they mostly took a ride on the pack. Decent snow pack as you reach the dwarf spruces near the summit with views of the entire Presi's - you're above treeline. The sun made the rime melt and I had to don my shell to keep from getting soaked since the snow pack elevated me into the spruce branches. It felt like I was in a car wash. Got to use a lot of different gear today, but the beautiful blue bird day made it all worth it. Ahhh - spring hiking :)  
Name: BubblesTheHiker 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-04-17 
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