Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Wildcat E, Wildcat D, Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, NH
Trails: Wildcat Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, August 19, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Glen Ellis Falls lot, remember $5 for day use pass 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossing the Ellis river was fairly easy rock hopping on this day. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few broken boards along the bog bridging, and a little paint needed on the summit platform sign with the elevation 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I wouldn’t recommend bringing a dog on this route 
Bugs: None to speak of on this day, surprisingly 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: This is an out and back hike of the Wildcat Mountains via the Wildcat Ridge Trail. If you are going solo, this is the one. I won’t hike ski trails, and I am not a fan of long road marches either. I parked at the Glen Ellis Falls lot. The trail starts immediately with a river crossing. The day I went it was fairly easy rock and boulder hopping. This trail is as advertised, steep and grueling right off the bat, but I think in some ways more fun, using your hands to scramble many times. The views from the ledges were outstanding. You go up and up, then up some more. I’m not considered a slow hiker, but the 2 plus miles to the Wildcat D summit took about 2 hours. The view by the ski lift and the actual summit platform are also great. The ridge over to A is up and down the whole way, but not nearly as hard as the first 2 miles, it goes pretty fast. The view at Carter Notch is spectacular, looking down at the Hut. Hiking back you know what to expect which is why many opt for another way out, but it wasn’t too bad. You kinda know where to step, hold, or grab already, and there’s no need to stop for the sights!  
Name: MacGyver from PA 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-08-20 
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