|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, NH|
||Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, August 7, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||At noon, I saw one open spot and grabbed it, rest of lot was full and overflowing down the road. At 8pm, it was similar, with late arriving backpackers just hitting the trail. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Easy rock hops or bridged |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||All blowdowns were already cleared by someone else, including the 8 mentioned by Jack from Littleton between Carter Dome and the viewpoint. |
||Not bad, I got by without spray. |
|Lost and Found:
||Figured I would get a little longer hike in, and see if I could cut out the blowdowns Jack had mentioned. It soon became obvious I was following a prolific ax man; I saw one blowdown after another recently chopped out as I headed up 19 Mile Brook Trail. Obviously enjoys hitting it hard; steep angle cuts, and the severed central pieces were clearly lifted up by the butt end and tipped off the trail end over end. Impressive work.|
Trail was relatively quiet, I would pass folks periodically with long interludes between. Many folks immediately yanked their hankerchiefs over their faces, clearly brainwashed by the media into thinking Coronavirus was going to infect them any second. Every so often I meet someone who'd give me the relaxed no-panic-here look, and we'd both kind of chuckle as we passed each other. But everyone was polite and friendly, so at least the media didn't succeed in making hiking as miserable as everything else they touch.
Found some very low bush blueberries on Mt Hight. Appearing to florish on the peak by hugging the rocks with strong short limbs. You had to really look to see them, and they were quite tasty.
||Steve Marion |
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.