Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome, NH
Trails: Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Both lots near Dodge Lodge were plowed. Decent amount of cars, but none parked on road. Gate closed at Dodge Lodge but that is irrelevant, don’t park there. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings on 19 Mile Brook small with full ice bridge coverage 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple duck-unders due to high snow, no blow downs in 13 miles of hiking. Only tree across the trail was near end of hike on 19 mile Brook trail. Easy to step over. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Lots of dogs out. Maya the husky got her 48th 4K footer today when she touched a paw on summit of Carter Dome. She was full of treats the rest of the hike and fell asleep in the car. Pemi the golden finished strong as always with a bit of paw icing. He was smiling at the end of the hike. A few other dogs on the trail were all well behaved! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We started around 8am at parking lot across from Dodge Lodge. We car spotted another vehicle up the road for our return down 19 mile Brook trail. The temp was 12F at the start with no wind and all 4 of us used snowshoes the entire 13 miles of our hike. The conditions are packed powder snowshoe trench/track. No ice at all. No rocks, everything is perfectly covered. Up top the snow was almost up to the blazes on the trees, if my calculations are correct that means almost 4ft of snow. I like my blazes at perfect eye level and most of them are painted that way.

We had clear views, with clouds hovering around the presidentials. The winds were not bad most of the hike except around South Carter where winds felt a bit uncomfortable. We got out of it fast and Carter Dome had very little winds. The sun was warm and the dogs were happy. Congrats to Maya for bagging the last of her 48 4K footers on Dome.

All four of us wore snowshoes the entire hike but we passed about 15 or more hikers who did not wear them. They only had microspikes on. The boot wielding dummies tried to stay on the packed powder of the trench, but if they even strayed a bit to the edge they punched a hole very deep. We saw a few snowshoe wearing beauties near Carter Dome.

We ended our hike at the 19 mile Brook trailhead and noticed a small laminated white sign stapled to the lower part of the trail sign post. It said, “wear snowshoes, don’t be one of THOSE people.” Or something to that effect. Not sure who put it there, maybe WMNF, but we had a chuckle. I was not laughing at this point because I realized I forgot my slippers for the long ride home, and left my boots on, but that’s irrelevant.

Great day out with Tara, Gypsy Hiker, Sunshine, Pemi the golden and Maya the husky dog.  
Name: Mr. Irrelevant 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-02-21 
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