Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Carter, Middle Carter, North Carter, NH
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail, Camp Dodge cutoff, road walk
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 29, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I parked on the road @ 19MB trailhead. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No problems with the crossings that aren't bridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The tops of a couple of limbs are encroaching the trail a bit on 19MBT and CDT but are easily passable. If I had my pack saw I would have made quick work of them, 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't see any. 
Bugs: Didn't see any. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: Trails are mostly dry with occasional minor mud. Although I didn't check the leaves box there are a fair amount of them down - especially on sections NCT and Imp Trail.

I hadn't been on the Carter ridge in quite a while so it was time for a revisit. If there are two features I like in a hike they are birch glades and the sights and sounds of running water - and both are prominent on the south end of this loop. I had forgotten how many viewpoints were on the north side of the ridge - views to the Presidentials were clear and vivid while views into the Wild River Wilderness showed a good amount of foliage. It didn't seem very busy here: other than the ridge I only saw two others today - both ascending NCT while I was descending.

Within two minutes of starting my hike on 19MBT I smelled smoke. A couple of large tents were set up on the opposite side of the brook with a good-sized fire going - well within FPA. I then encountered another breaking camp adjacent to the trail - also within FPA. I guess some think the rules don't apply to them :(  
Name: HMJ 
E-Mail: trailsntrees(at)gmail(dot)com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-09-29 
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