Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Wildcat D, Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, Carter Dome, South Carter, Middle Carter, NH
Trails: Ski trails, Wildcat Ridge Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail, road walk
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No major crossings. Imp Trail was basically a stream for a while, but there are enough rocks to keep your feet dry. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Some starting to come out at lower elevations, but managed to avoid getting bitten. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A classic spring hike in the Whites complete with just about every trail condition imaginable. Was trying to count how many times took spikes off and put them on again for this report, but quickly lost count. Definitely more than 10. WRT is pretty post-holed and monorail is quite unstable.

No snow down lower by the hut though. Going up Carter-Moriah to Carter Dome was surprisingly snow free for the steepest section near the beginning, which was really nice. Snow picks up again partway up the dome, but monorial was less post-holed and more stable than on WRT. Had to take spikes off many times while heading to the other two Carters and down North Carter and Imp Trails.

There seems to be water running under the snow near where snow ends on Imp Trail, so be careful of postholing there. After the end of the snow on Imp, the trail is basically a stream for quite a while, but there were enough rocks to be able to keep my feet out of the water for the most part (though they were already pretty wet at that point anyway from the slushy spring snow). After the stream finally diverges from the trail, it actually becomes quite dry and pleasant - almost like summer!  
Name: kt 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-13 
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