|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome, NH|
||Camp Dodge Cutoff, Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter Moriah Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, August 23, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Major crossings had bridges in tact. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||One bridge was down 2/3 of the wooden planks on 19MB; the final plank was sturdy. |
||Many pups; all happy to be out and about. |
||Some on summits by mud (no surprise there). |
|Lost and Found:
||Knocked out another three 4000 footers today (43/48)! Great day in the whites. Rain showers were called, but we didn't get wet at all. Views around Middle and South Carter were stunning with all mountains in the clear (though a bit hazy). Note, if you take the Dodge cutoff (frowned upon according to signs), go to the left when you come to the road fork---we went right and had to bushwack about 150yds. Imp was in great shape: slow and steady. Once onto the rock faces, elevation and distance doesn't seem to matter as you take in the views. Trails were dry with minor avoidable mud. |
Decided to go for Carter Dome as we were expecting to be more tired and SO GLAD WE DID! Views above Carter Notch from marked trail descending the dome were STUNNING! Amazing snack break.
Nearing the bottom of the trail off Carter Dome and approaching the Hut, came around a bend and was about 20ft from a family of BLACK BEARS (Mom and two cubs)!!! FYI, if camping, I can tell you there are certainly some bears. Just as scared as us as we were of them (always good when cubs are around); bears took off running up the hill the way they presumably came from. Decided to talk a bit louder for the next mile or so :)
Trail down was gradual and a breeze! Some water and slippery roots/rocks, but nothing crazy (still put it in the trip report above).
Distance/Elevation (Alltrails): 12.1miles /4505ft
Started from car at around 7am and arrived at 230pm
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.