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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Wildcat A, Wildcat B, Wildcat C, Wildcat D, NH
Trails
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook, Wildcat Ridge Trail, ski trails, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, May 25, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty at 19m, I parked on a fisherman's pulloff along 16 for a loop. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The major crossings on 19M are bridged. However the usually docile crossing of the unnamed brook at about 2950 on 19M did prove quite tricky, I whacked around it 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some blowdowns along nineteen mile and WcRT, nothing a saw wont fix 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: black bombers making their first appearance 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Nineteen Mile Brook, Wildcat Ridge Trail, Polecat, Catnap, Lynx, Ocelot, bushwhack

A fine day before the clouds came in! Huge thanks to Sam for the spot. Nineteen mile was smooth sailing for the majority of the way, I did bare boot to 19M/WcRT junction. It's dry to past the 19M/CD junction, then it starts getting wet, monorail enters about 3000 feet, just after the water crossing. Firm for me, pleasantly surprised. WcRT, atleast to A, was a tedious side hill delight. Hard to maintain any sense of pace as the sidehill/monorail is 4' tall still and slick, with bare ground to the side in some spots. Just wide enough for single track. There are plenty of soft spots and very easy to recognize when you are not on it. Was able to cross the two open sections with care, however with these weeks temps, the 2nd one is not long for this world. After the switchback it got even more tedious as I was going into more sunbathed snow. Awesome views from A. Much to my delight, and some may call me insane, I found WcRT from A->D to be a speedway. It was NOT what I was expecting what so ever, but was delighted to see it was very much hard packed and ripe for a quicker tempo. There is one blow down coming off of B that sort of obscures the trailbed, but was able to right myself quickly. It is a mixed bag along the ridge, there is bare ground, bare rock, and then 3-4' of snow, all in rapid succession. I can confirm that the section from C to D is still soul crushing

Ski trails had firm snow to Polecat/Catnap junction. After that I took spikes off. 'redlined' some ski trails on the way out. Saw 4 people all day, three of which were in the first mile of 19m!

 
Name
Name: The Teal Goat 
E-Mail
E-Mail: Sea2thebiscuit@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-26 
Link
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