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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Wildcat D, Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, Carter Dome, South Carter, Middle Carter, North Carter, Mt. Moriah, NH
Trails
Trails: Lost Pond Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Kenduskeag Trail, Rattle River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, August 22, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Minor, easily forded by rock hopping.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Mostly fine, although there were significant blow-downs on the Rattle River trail.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: One pup who was having a fantastic outing.  
Bugs
Bugs: None of much significance.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: So a one-day traverse of Wildcat-Carter-Moriah is unquestionably hard. 20 mile hikes are one thing, but done with more than 7,000 feet of elevation gain (and an awful lot being crazy steep) they become something truly diabolical. That being said, I had a fine (albeit exhausting) day out, and met a lot of very nice people. The trails as a whole were in nice shape, although there were more than half a dozen or so blow-downs on Rattle River. None so huge that they couldn't be ducked under or climbed over, but when you're coming off trail in the dark, it's annoying. I'm glad to have met the challenge, but in the future, I'm breaking this one up into its component parts, or taking more time to do it. Those mountains deserve closer examination and more relaxed enjoyment than a hell-for-leather sprint across their ridges.

A more detailed trip report, along with more than a dozen photos, is on my blog.  
Name
Name: Protean Wanderer 
E-Mail
E-Mail: hiker@proteanwanderer.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-08-23 
Link
Link: http://www.proteanwanderer.com/2019/08/23/trip-report-wildcat-carter-moriah-traverse/ 
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