|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||South Carter, Middle Carter, NH|
||Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail, Camp Dodge Cutoff|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, February 29, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||The Nineteen Mile Brook Trailhead is plowed and the drivers park their cars in neat rows, with some forming rows in the middle and some extending out onto Route 16. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The small streams are not frozen solid, and most of them are bridged, but care is required to keep from putting a foot in the drink. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A few blowdowns that required crawling underneath. |
||No bugs. |
|Lost and Found:
||While it may be possible to HIKE these trails in just microspikes, it is not possible to stand aside to let other hikers pass without sinking up to your thighs in just microspikes. Wear snowshoes.|
These trails are all fully broken out, though the high winds in the exposed parts of the ridge may make them hard to follow in places.
I had planned to hike all the way to the Imp trailhead, but just as the Imp trail turned north, with its orange blazes clear in both directions, I saw what looked like a ski trail or bushwhack heading off to my left. Because it was clear where the road was, I headed that way and found myself at the AMC Dodge Camp, which appeared deserted (it was after 5:00 p.m.). Be advised, there is a sign up saying "closed to foot traffic," but it faces the road, so I didn't see it until I was leaving through the gate.
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.