|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Wildcat D, Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, NH|
||Ski trails, Wildcat Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, July 1, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Standing mud holes on the Ridge, simply could use some stepping stones thrown in. I pruned significantly from D-A and back again, so it should be fine for the rest of the season. |
||None, I think the first hike in many I have not seen them. |
||Black flies started in waves on the ski slopes around 3,500' with little breeze to blow them, but no issues if you kept moving. Significant wind on the top of all the slopes so little issues even when you stopped. However, in droves again on the hot slopes going down. |
|Lost and Found:
||No. 33 and 34. NO book time as there is no time given for the ski slopes, but I took 6:15 over 8.5-9 miles. I found nothing on line that made it significantly clear where to pick up the Polecat, etc. trails and the ski map is a bit out of scale. When you leave the parking lot and cross the stream on a bridge behind the lodge, go up around the gondola and past the triple chair. You can go high or low past the triple and you will see what is essentially a dirt road which goes all the way to the top. No long grass, no tick issues. Now, you can cut the trails a bit shorter if you do have a map printed or on your phone, but it is ankle deep grass in places and a bit steeper.|
The rain the night before made the rocks very slick heading across the ridge, so I took it slow. They eventually dried out with the sun, heat and wind on the way back. Lots of mud as mentioned above, but mostly avoidable without leaving the trail. Was surprised at how many people were out for a Monday, but it is the 4th week and the AT. Many going to the hut or over to Imp.
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.