|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Wildcat D, Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, NH|
||Ski trails, Wildcat Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, March 17, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking at Wildcat main parking lot, or at parking lot C (1/2 mile north of the main parking lot) |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A couple of fallen trees obstructed the trail, but an alternative trail was broken to go around them posing no issues. Be mindful of a sizable glob of ice on the path from leading up to the observation tower from the ski patrol hut at peak D. |
|Lost and Found:
||Straycat, Polecat, Catnap and Wildcat Ridge Trail|
Hiked up Wildcat Mountain ski resort to reach peak D before lifts begin to operate (in general 8am weekends/9am weekdays) in accordance with resort rules, using snowshoes as best practice.
At the summit I picked up Wildcat Ridge trail, located slightly behind/to the left of the ski patrol hut, over to peak A - and back. With four peaks there's a lot of ascent and descent along the way- I would say it's one of the more challenging ridge trails, especially between D and C. Packed trail with some deep post holes and unstable snow if you step off the packed trail. I used snowshoes (with traction) the entire way and glad I did - the snow is getting soft and unstable footing/ice is real. At one point up a steep and icy incline I had to use the front points of my Snowfoot snowshoes.
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.