Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome, Wildcat A, Wildcat B, Wildcat C, Wildcat D, NH
Trails: Camp Dodge Cutoff, Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, Polecat ski trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Dodge Camp parking for about 4 cars 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Slush, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: From Camp Dodge Cutoff to junction for Carter-Moriah, solid trail for barebotting. From junction on, snowshoes for rest of trip. Carter-Moriah trail bareboot-bashed all over with numerous postholes. Wildcat Ridge Trail better trail, no postholes. At lower Carter Dome on south side, just above Carter Notch, the steep part of trail had extremely treacherous snow conditions due to mid to afternoon sun exposure. Structure of snow was basically gone with a minimum 2" slush/snow. You could not go down forward or sideward. Only real option was to go down backwards one step at a time digging snowshoe as far as possible into slope to gain traction under the slush. It was slow going but even going down this way you still slipped. A fellow hiker (Chip) who was in micros, changed to crampons,but took a monumental spill with a 70 yd slide down the trail, unable to stop his increasing momentum and speed and went blasting off the trail for another 30 yards before stopping at a tree. Needless to say you could hear his increasing panicking cries coming down as I saw him blasting into the woods. Luckily he was unhurt and was very happy he did not get hurt. Take caution on sun exposed steep trails, where ever they may be - spring conditions. A great day to be hiking, blue skies, moderate temps, with great views of the Presidentials.
Name: Gordon Reilling 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-03-16 
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