|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Carter Dome, South Carter, Middle Carter, NH|
||Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail, Camp Dodge Cutoff, Route 16|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, January 18, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Nineteen Mile TH is not plowed. If you have a sedan like me there is a shovelled opening on the North (Gorham) side that I was able to use to scoot in. I still got stuck however and thankfully always bring a shovel, spade, and sand. Otherwise there is a berm of snowplow crust that will scrape a lower clearance vehicle. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||A couple crossings that are somewhat bridged and easy to get across |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||[Bring your snow shoes folks, trail is still way to soft to go without them. They are recommended from a half mile into 19-Mile Brook all the way to a half mile into Imp Tr]|
If you're like me and you enjoy snowshoeing then this trail is for you. From the trailhead to Zeta Pass was well broken out but still soft enough that the bare booter ahead of us was making 2 to 3 inch divots. From Zeta Pass to Carter Dome and then over to Middle Carter was as if it hadn't been touched since the last storm due to drifting and wind swept snow filling in the trail. We followed the tracks of one hiker with snow shoes to Carter Dome whom at times was sinking pretty deep himself. With us 2 and a hiker or two behind us this trail was in pretty good shape. As far as I know only one hiker chose to do Mt Hight so snow is still fairly deep but you will have tracks (if they don't drift over) to follow.
The trail to South Carter was well packed by the time we got back to Zeta Pass. At South Carter we passed the hiker who broke trail to Carter Dome and 2 other hikers who turned around and so it was left to us to break trail (not to difficult) to Middle Carter and to try to fix deep post holes left by the above mentioned bare booter. As we neared the end of the ridge two bare booters were making their way from Imp Trail.
The North Carter Tr, Imp Tr, and Dodge cutoff were well packed from the previous day.
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.