|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Carter Dome, NH|
||Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter Moriah Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, February 28, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Nineteen Mile Brook trailhead off NH 16 parking lot is plowed in winter. It is not salted or sanded. In summer it is dirt. Today, of course, it was filled. I parked roadside about 200 feet north of the lot on a solid, paved shoulder (WITHOUT putting my tires over the white line). I used my trusty snow shovel (yes, I carry one in the vehicle) to shovel out a bit of the snow bank so I could park safely off the road. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Oh was I elated to see that there is a solid snow bridge over the major tributary brook of Nineteen Mile Brook on the Carter Dome trail! This can be such a troublesome crossing after heavy rains, ice-thaw cycles, or snow melt.
The remaining open crossings are bridged with man-made bridges or solid snow. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Good trail for dogs. Very popular trail system. Please leash them when people are around. |
||Legions of snow fleas. My gosh you should see them jumping around on the snow! |
|Lost and Found:
Out and back (O&B) using Nineteen Mile Brook (19MB) > Carter Dome trail > Carter-Moriah trail to summit of Carter Dome and back.
19MB: well blazed in blue. Packed out superhighway. Many people wearing only spikes, many wearing snowshoes. Some postholing off the trench, but not much. Please just use snowshoes if the thermometer registers above freezing. I mean, you bought them. Might as well use ‘em!
Carter Dome: no blazing, save a few blue blazes just before the junction with the Carter-Moriah (which is the AT). Hummm... So yeah, it’s kinda mostly generally packed out. Above 2500 feet there is increasing accumulation of snow. Soft (and wonderful) snow, of several inches. Most advantageous to trek up in snowshoes. But, of course, that’s not what I found. Post holes are present, luckily not in such frequency for me to elicit the powers of Snow Fiend, the almighty screecher of extensive profanities when my snowshoe gets caught in one. Even the knee-high snow mountaineers in my company were grumbling about the holes. I feel like Monica from Friends shouting “And I know!” Much less packed out trail past the junction with Carter-Moriah (that heads up to Mt Hight). Very soft snow almost all the way to the summit. The Carter-Moriah coming down off Mt Hight (this would be if you crossed the summit of Mt Hight and were coming down to the jct with Carter-Moriah) to the junction with the end of Carter Dome trail was a posthole blast out. The Snow Fiend glared menacingly at the holes...
Carter-Moriah: this is the AT, but is sparsely blazed in white blazes due to the terrain. Foot trench well established, easy to follow.
Warm temps today really softened up the snow. Snowshoes help keep the “sidewalk” going.
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.