Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Wildcat D, NH
Trails: Wildcat Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I parked at Glen Ellis Falls lot. The full parking lot is closed, but there was parking in front of the gate. One other car when I arrived, and about ten when I left. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: easy to hop across the stream that is located at the trail head by the road. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: trail in good shape.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: N/A 
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
Comments: Nice sunny start to the hike early this morning. It provided excellent views of Mount Washington, and I posted a pic which you can see using the link below.

I started early and the cold overnight temperatures provided very firm footing on the snow. There is a lot of ice covering the lower parts of the trail which made the steep section just off the trail head a bit challenging. I was using microspikes which were essential for the lower section.
Top section still has fresh snow -- about 3 inches or so. Snowshoes would have been helpful here, but I didn't bring them.

I suspect that later in the day as temps warm that the snow will get quite soft and the trail will get pretty sloppy. There was evidence from a previous hiker of some postholes (I did not have that problem).

Overcast later in the morning which made the light very flat.

Lots of skiers at Wildcat and at Pinkham Notch (I assume going to Tuckerman's Ravine). Pinkham parking was overflowing when I descended at 10:30.  
Name: dacomp5 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-03-28 
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