Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Hight, Carter Dome, South Carter, Middle Carter, NH
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail, Camp Dodge Cutoff, Route 16
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 1, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: One car at Great Gulf Wilderness lot at 6:30 am arrival. Very few cars on return at 2:30 pm. Even Pinkham Notch Visitor Center was pretty quiet today. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: 2 notable crossings, all easily rock hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Overall trails were fantastic. Lots of trees cleared on the switchbacks on the Carter Dome Trail. North Carter Trail was the only notable running water and very wet trail.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Met none, but trails should be very doable for dogs who like long hikes 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Parked at the Great Gulf Wilderness lot and did the .4 mile road walk up to the Nineteen Mile Brook Trailhead. No snow until the turn off to the Carter Dome trail but didn’t put microspikes on until the Zeta Pass junction. Started with Carter Dome, summiting Mt. Hight first. Summit of Mt. Hight was foggy and extremely windy. Had to walk carefully to keep our footing! Quickly headed on to Carter Dome to the much quieter and sheltered summit. Took Carter Dome Trail off the Dome for the return hike. Middle and South peaks came quickly after the trek back from Dome. Skies started to clear and we got some good views of the Northern Presidentials on the many lookouts and viewpoints between South and Middle peaks!

The Carter traverse from Carter Dome, South, and Middle was an unexpectedly and relatively easy hike. Long, but not too strenuous and trails were in great shape. Easy to make quick and enjoyable progress! The 1-2” snow covering in the upper elevations offered a little traction in microspikes. There was lots of ice on the trails but easily passable in spikes. Lower elevations were quite dry. Removed microspikes about 2 miles out from the Camp Dodge cutoff.

Met very few people on the trails today. 3 groups, about 7 people total. But a fantastic day to be out there with lots of interesting sections of trail!

Full blog and pictures to follow.  
Name: New England Librarian 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-11-02 
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