Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Carter, Middle Carter, NH
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 3-4 spots left at 19 Mile trailhead at 645a. Several cars parked along 16 at 4p return. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Two rock hoppable crossings along the lower section of Carter Dome Trail. Poles helped balance, but I probably made them more complicated than they are. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails cleared, in well maintained shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Many happy dogs out in this area for long hikes. One particular chocolate lab was very happy to greet us while we rested at the clearing just south of Middle Carter. 
Bugs: One flyer, a few in the warm afternoon sun. None biting. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A day of changed plans. Intended to hike a clockwise loop to include all three Carters, but learned that Dodge Camp Cutoff is closed to hikers. Wasn't interested in the extra distance to include all of Imp Trail and the road walk to get there.

Decided on an up and back on 19MBT to South & Middle Carter. Intended to include Carter Dome & Mt Hight, but ran out of steam to continue when back at Zeta Pass, and will leave those to another day. Still, 11 miles and two 4ks is a good day out.

Lower 19MBT easy going, Carter Dome trail a little more steep, wet and muddy in many places, but never too punishing. AT section between Zeta Pass and Middle Carter a lot of up and downs, many mud pits somewhat avoidable. The viewpoint clearing along the AT just south of Middle Carter is a must see -- views across the northern Presidentials and the North Country. Showing off with leaves at full peak.

Talked to many happy hikers. With no summit views, the higher sections don't seem much interest for more casual hikers.

4k #31 & #32 done. Keep hiking.  
Name: Lord Bass 
E-Mail: lordbass at g mail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-10-10 
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