Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, South Carter, Middle Carter, North Carter, Mt. Moriah, Shelburne Moriah Mountain, NH
Trails: Wild River Trail, Black Angel Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Kenduskeag Trail, Shelburne Trail, Wild River Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, July 4, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: WMNF fee lot. Only a few cars in the hikers lot just before Wild River Campground.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: I carried five finger shoes for the Wild River crossings but was able to leave my boots on. The upper crossing was rock hoppable and at the lower one I only had to step in a couple inches of water. The gauge in Gilead, ME was 67cfs the evening before. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Black Angel Tr is very brushy in spots and muddy (slick) down low. The last 1/2 mile has numerous blowdowns. Most are easy to go around but some require a tight squeeze due to the steepness of the terrain on each side. The Carter-Moriah Tr was in great shape. Kenduskeag Tr had several blowdowns but most were easy to navigate. Beyond the Rattle River Tr jctn the trail was very muddy (deep) as well as numerous spots along Shelburne Moriah's ledges. The Shelburne Tr was very brushy and appears to see more moose traffic than humans. It may also require care to follow in spots. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: It was a hot day for Marlie. Plenty of puddles and small streams but not much on Carter Moriah Tr. Usually I try to discourage drinking from puddles but I figured the more water the better on a hot day. There were a few steep sections that may give some dogs trouble. Just north of Nort Carter and just below the summit of Mt Moriah. 
Bugs: A few mosquitos in the evening along the Shelburne Tr but over all not bad. I was stung on the lip by a bee while scrambling up some ledge (first good view) near the top of the Black Angel Tr. I'm not sure if there was a nest or it was just random. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There was a Coleman sleeping bag (the kind that you leave in your car) along the Kenduskeag Tr about 1/2 mile from Mt Moriah. I thought of carrying it out but it was soaked and probably weighed around five pounds. 
Comments: It was a long hot day but a great day to take in the whole range! The forest along the Black Angel Tr is beautiful and the views from Shelburne Moriah are amazing and abundant.

24.1 miles 6900' elev + 12hr 20min  
Name: IQuest 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-07-05 
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