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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome, NH
Trails
Trails: Route 16, Camp Dodge Cutoff, Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Nineteen Mile Brook lot had room around 7:45, but appears to have subsequently filled. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Carter Dome Trail crossings are open, but starting to ice up. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Cut out two vexing blowdowns just south of South Carter. Blowdowns of various sizes remain on all trails, including some large vexing ones. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Did not see anything 
 
Comments
Comments: Camp Dodge Cutoff and Imp Trail had 1 to 2 inches of snow, but fortunately not too much ice underneath. Not much recent traffic. Perhaps 2 to 3 inches on North Carter Trail, as well as some brief ice flows. I was able to bareboot these without issue, but some may feel more comfortable with Microspikes, especially if descending.

Not much traffic from there to Zeta Pass. Snow was generally 2 to 5 inches deep without much ice underneath. I was able to bareboot without issue.

Deepest snow of the day was ascending Carter Dome, where it was closer to 8 inches, with some deeper drifts. Again, I was able to bareboot without issue.

Carter Dome Trail below Zeta was well packed with boot traffic. A few ice flows, but again one could bareboot with care.

Nineteen Mile Brook Trail was also packed out with not too much ice, but a few minor perks/mud pits.

Spikes went for a ride and I didn't bring snowshoes. One more minor to moderate storm would make me want snowshoes up on the ridge.

Sunny day with some brisk winds on the ridge, but nothing too frigid.  
Name
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rocket21@franklinwebpublishing.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-11-16 
Link
Link: http://hike.franklinsites.com 
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