|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Wildcat D (attempt), NH|
||Wildcat Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, May 18, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Glen Ellis parking lot gate closed but plenty of parking along the road leading up to the gate.
If planning to start/end on Lost Pond Trail AMC Pinkham Notch Lodge Parking was overflowing because of Skiing on Tuckermans. |
||Dry Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Impassable. Rock hopping past halfway across the Ellis River at the very start was not an option. Someone laid some approximately 6 inch diameter pieces of wood/logs across the rocks with larger gaps just past halfway across but they were not secure or steady.
Tried to wade across at the best spot I could find further upstream with boots and socks off and pants hiked up to the knee but only made it 3/4 of the way before knee deep fast moving water threatened to take me off my feet. Abandoned the attempt and called it quits because of the near freezing water, cooler temperatures and stiff winds this day. Getting soaked through not an option.
Detour up to Lost Pond trail near Pinkham Notch AMC Lodge not an option for me due to limited/wasted time spent trying to cross the river so called it quits.
A pair of hikers coming down from Wildcat D also surveyed the crossing up and down the river from where the trail crossing is and didn't even try it. Probably detoured north along Lost Pond Trail. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Plan on starting and ending up near the AMC Pinkham Notch Lodge on Lost Pond Trail instead of Wildcat Ridge Trail while the melt and spring rains are in effect. |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.