Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Wildcat E, Wildcat D, Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, NH
Trails: Lost Pond Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, September 24, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at AMC Pinkham Notch. Plenty of room. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in good condition. Bog bridges on Lost Pond Trail at stretch before meeting with Wildcat Ridge are deteriorating. A couple of small trees across Wildcat Ridge Trail are easy to step over. Otherwise a few trees high above Wildcat Ridge Trail can be walked under or require a slight duck. Many trees cut on Wildcat Ridge so the path is clear. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No water on Wildcat Ridge Trail. Some steep ledges. 
Bugs: A few house flies. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The ledges were dry today so the footing was secure. There is little opportunity for erosion on Wildcat Ridge Trail since the surfaces are mostly rock in the steep grades.
There are wood steps or chiseled steps in some ledge sections. There are many rock steps.
This hike would be challenging in wet or icy conditions. The Wildcat Ridge Trail from the junction with Lost Pond Trail to Wildcat E is steep with only brief relief on short flat sections. The footing is rocky.
There are a lot of up and downs along the ridge walk.
The ski area tram was not operating today.
The leaves are turning colors in Pinkham Notch.
The signed water source on the Wildcat Ridge Trail appears to be a muddy brook bed.
Good views of the Presidential Range and the eastern ravines from various points on the ridge and good views of Carter Notch from Wildcat A. Unfortunately, overcast skies made for gloomy views today although the summits came in to view in early afternoon.
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-09-24 
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