|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Imp Face, Middle Carter, Mt. Lethe, South Carter, NH|
||Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, July 23, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked on small, dirt surfaced lot at Imp trailhead (northern trail). This is off paved NH 16. Trailhead sign visible from road if you’re looking for it. A black Toyota Camry was vandalized in this lot. The car looked to have been parked overnight. The back windshield was smashed and something taken from the dash as it had also been torn out. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Nothing of significance. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Imp trail in need of updated blazes. Also, Imp trail from the summit of Imp face to the junction with North Carter Trail is in dire need of brushing. |
||Great trails for dogs. Met two friendly quadrupeds. Water sources scarce to non-existent on the ridge. |
||Oh yes. Mosquitos were the most infuriating down low before the rain. |
|Lost and Found:
Imp Trail (northern section) > North Carter Trail > Carter-Moriah Trail > Carter Dome Trail > Nineteen Mike Brook Trail > roadwalk on NH 16.
Imp Trail: this lovely trail is well blazed in yellow for the first 1.5 miles. Blazes then become much less frequent and very faded. I don’t remember any blazes near the Imp Face summit. Fantastic view of the Presidentials from the cliff of Imp Face. From the summit of Imp Face to the junction with North Carter Trail the footbed is very narrow, not blazed and plagued with encroaching vegetation. Footbed easy to follow.
North Carter trail: not blazed. Well defined and simple to follow footbed. Elevation grade much easier than the Imp. Did not note a viable water point though there was some flowing water on trail.
Carter-Moriah Trail: this is the AT and is blazed in standard white blazes. This trail is well travelled and we had no issue following it. Middle Carter has a carin off to the side of the trail. South Carter has a small carin just off the trail at a kind of viewpoint.
Carter Dome trail: a few blue blazes after the junction with the AT. after this it is unblazed. Well travelled, well defined footbed. Water crossing no issue.
Nineteen Mile Brook trail: well blazed in blue. Well maintained. Popular, frequently used trail.
Thunderstorms caught up with us while descending Carter Dome. Still a great day out. Not so many people today. Mostly thru hikers making their way over the Carters.
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.