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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Carter Dome, South Carter, Middle Carter, NH
Trails
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues on this route 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Handful of blowdowns on NMB between Carter Dome tr. jct. and the Notch. A couple of blowdowns on Carter-Moriah from the Notch to Carter Dome. From Carter Dome to the finish seems like an endless jungle of blowdowns, leaners, bendovers and debris. There is a lot to deal with on these trails. Some of the boards on the bog-bridge section between Middle Carter Mtn. and the North Carter tr. jct. are unstable and in the process of collapsing. Kudos to the trail adopter for the section between Carter Dome and Zeta Pass - who has already been out doing some trimming. Tough conditions to work in - we were impressed by the efforts. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The softening/collapsing snow-conditions will be challenging for larger dogs but Lucy had no problems anywhere and had a great hike. However, even she had difficulties staying on the mono-rail in some places.  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost: Black EMS Techwick base-layer shirt - got stripped from my pack I think between the Dome and Zeta Pass. Sorry for the littering - not intentional. Please e-mail me if you find it/carry it out.  
 
Comments
Comments: Opted to skip the Carter Dome tr. to avoid the crossings on that trail. Bare-booted quite comfortably to the Notch. Intermittent conditions until about halfway between the Carter Dome tr. jct. and the Notch at which point the mono-rail becomes permanent - reasonable wide and solid.

Used Hillsounds from thereon. Decent conditions from the Notch to Carter Dome. Some snow-free sections along the steep part.

Carter Dome to Zeta Pass very challenging - side-hilling with narrow mono-rail (and the beginning of the jungle-like conditions). Sliding off the monorail leads to immediate hip-deep post-holing. Snow-depth of 4' - for the most part - along the ridge.

Zeta Pass to North Carter tr. jct. was better without the side-hilling - but still a challenge. The monorail on North Carter tr. was very narrow, soft and unstable.

Imp is snow-free until about 1/2 mile from the North Carter tr. jct.

We brought snowshoes and they got another free-ride!  
Name
Name: LongMark&Georg 
E-Mail
E-Mail: perfrost@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-05-05 
Link
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