Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome, Wildcat A, Wildcat B, Wildcat C, Wildcat D, NH
Trails: Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, ski trails
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 17, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only car at Wildcat, about ten at 19M. It continues to amaze me how people really have no concept of parking at trailheads and leave 6' between them and the car next to them 
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: No issues on water crossings 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The leaves to about 1800 feet are still mostly on the trees, after that to about 2300, its less than 50%, after that, completely devoid. The waterbars are ready along all routes listed for love. Aside from that, I do remember one tree at about 6' high on WRT, closer to D, which is not a problem for summer travel but will be a step over in a few months 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Many doggies out today 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, Polecat, Catnap, Stray Cat

A FINE day in the forest. We opted to go up the predictably moist Imp and North Carter trail on the ascent instead of coming down it on tired legs. This was a great call as its currently in 'expert mode' with the leaves covering up the puddles. It's an exciting game of "is this firm or is this a puddle." - you're sure to lose atleast one round. We made short work of the flowing North Carter River Trail and made the ridge in short order. A repeat of yesterday's spirited winds welcomed us, but today it was about 20 degrees cooler. For someone who's a furnace - this was excellent. The ridge walk is in fine shape with lots of mud, but people pay good money for mud treatments so I took this as the mountains pampering me... or something like that. We made short work with no views to Zeta and then opted to skip Hight. We both have seen what the inside of a cloud looked like many many times and did not feel like we needed a refresher. This mile ish stretch was in fine shape actually and dry. The next time I'll be there it will be a side hill disaster. Cant wait. Met some fellow aspiring gridiots on the summit of Dome (hi Medusa!). Did my best chimpanzee impression down to the hut. Fun times. Ascent of A went without any issues and the trail is lovely, to A... From there, its delightful. I think someone installed a swimming pool at the junction of the outlook and WRT. I can confirm that it can be cleared with a running start and pole vauling with trek poles. It's gigantic. There are large sections of boot sucker mud along the entire ridge. I can also confirm that the stretch from C to D is still as soul crushing the 9th time through as it was the 1st. But everyone loves the D, so we put up with it... Wildcat D, get your mind out of the gutter. Delightful restricted views on the way down the ski trails to pickles and beer at the car. That's 23 so far this month. yeehaw.  
Name: The Teal Goat & Kiwi 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-10-17 
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