Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, South Carter, Middle Carter, NH
Trails: Route 16, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail, Imp Connector, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 29, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Nineteen Mile Brook was full at 8:30, so I parked at Great Gulf (did not fill up today). 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bridge or minor rock hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: About half a dozen blowdowns on Nineteen Mile Brook, the most vexing of which is probably the stepover near the trailhead. Blowdowns on Imp Trail and North Carter. I took out what I could by hand. Lots of unmitigated erosion on Carter Moriah Trail (getting really bad on the north end of Mt. Hight with some old log water bars now suspended 1-2 feet above the eroded footbed) and particularly on North Carter Trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Minimal, probably due to cooler temperatures. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail was fairly dry, with muck in the usual places.

Carter Moriah Trail from the notch to the summit was also mostly dry with only a few very small patches of snow that could be stepped over/around. Trees above about 4,400 feet were coated in rime.

A few deeper drifts of snow descending north off Carter Dome, but very short.

A little bit of muck in the low point on the way to Mt. Hight. Rough descending north end due to the unmitigated, advanced erosion (old waterbars are now hurdles).

Fairly smooth sailing to South Carter with virtually no snow. Also virtually no snow to Middle Carter. Bog bridges north of Middle Carter require caution, as a few are snapped, and a few nails are sticking up high above the boards. A few minor patches of snow beyond Middle/on the top of the North Carter Trail.

North Carter Trail was its usual mess, with unmitigated erosion turning it into an active brook bed.

Imp Trail (south) was relatively dry with muck in the usual places. Unmarked Imp Connector (used to be a sign on the camp side) was dry, as was the herd path connecting to Route 16/Great Gulf.

Never any need for Microspikes today, unless one likes the jingle jangle sound.

Though cloudy and a little brisk, a decent day without rain. Though Carter Dome views were a little obscured, all other peaks had decent views. Trails were a little busy, but not as busy was weekends last summer.  
Name: rocket21 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-29 
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