Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Imp Face, North Carter, Middle Carter, South Carter, NH
Trails: Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 8, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Was concerned they might be difficult since there are a couple larger ones one both the Imp Trail and 19 mi brook, but I did not have any issues. There are also some smaller streams that make you get creative to cross though as there is lots of running water all over this time of year 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one pup!  
Bugs: Not much yet  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: I did lose a pair of aviator sunglasses... I believe on North Carter trail maybe halfway up 
Comments: Was happy with the conditions, was able to do the whole hike with just spikes since there was a solid monorail the whole way even though I had my snowshoes.

Fresh coating of 1 inch of snow on the majority of the hike occasionally made things a little extra slippery, but the temperatures remained pretty cold. Slushiest experience was hiking up the north Imp trail, once the switchback turns for early morning sun exposure, and then at the bottom of Carter Dome trail. Only had an occasional posthole when you stepped off the monorail. The worst part of the conditions was actually the snow on the trees. And anyone who's hiked this route could tell you how overgrown the trees are into much of the path (at least in winter) and so not only are you fighting annoying tree branches significantly, but the snow is drenching you. Granted all my gear was waterproof, but it gathered on my backpack, hood, and soaked my bandana I had hanging off. It was fine once, just an annoying non-ideal condition, of which to recommend ensuring you have a waterproof outer layer.

Only saw one other on the trail and we were able to socially distance no problem. Walking back to my car, totaled me at 13.4 miles!  
Name: Norcal in NE 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-09 
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