Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Imp Face, Mt. Lethe, Middle Carter, South Carter, NH
Trails: Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, January 1, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All relatively easy. Microspikes are definitely necessary for a safe and easy crossing. No snow bridges. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The ladder on the north branch of Imp Trail is missing two rungs. It, however, is easily bypassed. The spruce is slowing taking over the trail just above the Imp Face on the Imp Trail. A few blowdowns here also. Carter Dome Trail could use some draining work. 19 MBT has a few washouts, but the lower section is great. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Hiked with a borrowed husky. Some of the ice flows on the trails were a bit tricky for her, but the new snow will probably cover them up. Only one other dog. 
Bugs: None!  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Pleasantly surprised at how clean the trails were. 
Comments: Since we hiked before the snow, the trail conditions will likely be pretty different than they were today.

First time doing these peaks in the winter. What an excellent time to climb them, especially when the weather was as good as it was. The snow was shallow at the bottom of the mountains, but there was probably about 1.5 feet of packed powder up high on the ridge. Good monorail the whole way, but beware of the postholes on the ridge.

Imp Face was SPECTACULAR. INCREDIBLE views of Washington, the Northern Presis and the ravines. Also a really cool, dramatic look into the large ravine of Imp Brook.

North Carter Trail had beautiful scenery near the top, as all of the trees were beautifully frosted with ice and snow. It was a super pleasant and enjoyable ridge walk on the Carter-Moriah Trail in winter.

We bushwhacked to the summit of Mt. Lethe, which proved to be surprisingly tight.

Really enjoyed Middle Carter and its expansive wintertime views.

We hiked out on 19 MBT in the dark with headlamps.  
Name: Summit Seeker 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-01-02 
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