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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Middle Carter, South Carter, NH
Trails
Trails: Camp Dodge Cutoff, Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 13, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 19 Mile Brook lot is plowed and in good shape. I wouldn't recommend parking at the end of Camp Dodge Road unless you have a vehicle with AWD. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Snow bridges are rapidly deteriorating at water crossings on Carter Dome Trail and 19 Mile Brook. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: We came across a few recent blowdowns on the Carter Moriah Trail between the North Carter Trail and Carter Dome Trail junctions. They were all passable but we sawed a few limbs off of one of them to make it safer and easier to get by. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't see any dogs all day 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: We found a single black Leki hiking pole and left it at the trail sign at 19 Mile Brook parking lot. 
 
Comments
Comments: We parked at 19 Mile Brook and did a short road walk to Camp Dodge where we took the Imp Connector to the Imp Trail. The Imp Trail was crusty with several postholes and wasn't that well broken out, which made for slow going, but we had the trail to ourselves so we didn't mind. Trail conditions were better once we got up to the Carter Moriah Trail, which was mostly fresh powder with some minor drifting. The section of Carter Moriah Trail between Middle and South Carter did have some ankle-breaking postholes—not surprising because few of the people we ran into were actually wearing snowshoes. Trail conditions started to deteriorate once we got down to the Carter Dome Trail and 19 Mile Brook. Water running beneath the trail has made the snowpack soft and unstable and we found ourselves sinking up to our knees in a few spots even though we were wearing snowshoes. Sidehills on these trails were pretty treacherous in spots, too, as large chunks of the packed trail frequently broke off as we walked on it. If you are planning to hike 19 Mile Brook or Carter Dome Trail in the near future I'd recommend doing it as soon as possible because I don't think they will be safe or even passable for much longer. The same goes for water crossings. Snow bridges are barely hanging on.  
Name
Name: HikerMouse 
E-Mail
E-Mail: emilienoelle@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-15 
Link
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