Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Carter, Middle Carter, NH
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail, Camp Dodge Cutoff, road walk
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at 19MB trailhead at 6:30am. Only about a half dozen other cars there then and not too many more when I left at 11:30am right when a few others were leaving as well. Not too many others out on a hot and humid weekday!  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The few there were were rock hopable but the rocks were slick.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There is a large and obnoxious blowdown on Carter Dome Trail in its lower section. I don’t think it was terribly far up from its jct with 19MB Trail...maybe 0.5mi?? It’s just tall enough that even taller folk have to duck under it. I believe it’s been there for awhile. Both this and 19MB Trail are blazed in blue occasionally. Both are well trodden and easy to follow. The only part of Carter Dome Trail that could prove the exception is on one of the water crossings (I believe it’s the first) where there’s some old storm damage and thus the trail becomes a bit obscure briefly around where the trail crosses the water. I believe it’s described in the guidebook as such. Old trail signs at some of the jcts with some distances that are pretty off, mainly the one at the jct of C-M and 19MB. Of course there are always bog bridges that could be replaced in spots. C-M Trail is blazed in white as it coincides with the AT. Occasional blaze below tree line. The ledges are minimal so easy to follow in summer. I don’t recall North Carter Trail or Imp Trail being blazed. Both are well trodden and easy to follow except one spot on Imp around some water and blowdown where the trail turns right. Just a tad obscure.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None seen but shouldn’t be too hard of a hike for a hardy hiking dog.  
Bugs: Not the kind that bite but lots of other flies and bugs that were annoying. Also, I walked through many more spider webs than I would’ve guessed given how well used these trails are.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None.  
Comments: My first two grid peaks out of 19 needed this month. Just got back from CO and heading out of state again shortly...I better get cracking! Trying to grid out peaks via fun bushwhacks so if you’re interested let me know :)

It was foggy this morning when I got in the car north of the notch and things just began to clear when I got to the trailhead. I believe my starting temps were in the high 60s. The trails were more wet than I would’ve guessed with lots of slippery rock and bog bridges. Usual amount of mud. Even in the afternoon the brush was wet on the Camp Dodge Cutoff which is unsigned but easy to find and follow. I’d seen something on Facebook a month or two ago about the AMC closing access to it but it wasn’t signed so I walked through. Many people saw me and I even said hello to one person so there didn’t seem to be an issue :)  
Name: Liam Cooney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-08-12 
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