|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, South Carter, NH|
||Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, November 4, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Decent size lot off route 16. Only three other vehicles when I arrived at 8:00AM. On weekends the parking often spills out to the side of route 16. |
||Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Crossed just a tad downstream on the uppermost water crossing on the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail and avoided a tongue of snow extending over water as I suspect it was not solid. Crossed with care on rocks for the brooks on the Carter Dome Trail. The Cater Dome brook crossings were during the PM so there was no ice on the rocks.
Water levels may rise a bit with snow melt based on the forecasted warm up. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||One birch across the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail between the colossal bridge and the dam (about a foot in diameter). Can step over at on end.
One evergreen top standing upright on Carter-Moriah Trail by the Forest Protection Area sign for Carter Lake. Easy to get by.
White AT blazes not as effective in the snow covered bark but the pathway is evident.
A broken log on one bridge on the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail |
||Saw one dog. |
|Lost and Found:
||No hikers had been up the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail beyond the Carter Dome Trail junction nor on the Carter-Moriah Trail from the lake to Carter Dome since the last snow. The Carter Lakes were iced over but I would not venture out on the surface at this early date. The Carter Notch hut's windows and door were boarded up. The Wildcat Ridge Trail, Rainbow, and Black Angel Trails have not been used since the last snow. The snow depths were generally an inch or two with only very small pockets of drift to several inches. By late afternoon there were stretches of bare trail with many mud spots.|
Great views from the edge of the lakes, the outlook at pulpit rock off the Carter-Moriah Trail, at a short side trail just north of the Carter Dome summit, Mt Hight, and from spots along the ridge where the trees were thinned out.
The first hikers I encountered were on Mt Hight. Thereafter I met a half dozen other hikers.
Today you could either bare boot or use light traction. The ice flows on the Carter Dome Trail below Zeta Pass were primarily off to the side of the trail unlike one past experience where the ice was thick across the trail. The steep sections of the Carter-Moriah Trail ascending out of Carter Notch and the approach to Mt Hight from Zeta Pass did not have difficult footing today.
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.