|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome, NH|
||Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, October 18, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at Nineteen Mile Brook (19MB) lot. This is a free, large, dirt surfaced lot that is plowed in winter. |
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All are either bridged or hoppable. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||All trails fine for dogs. |
|Lost and Found:
Road walk on NH 16 > Imp (southern branch) > North Carter Trail > Carter-Moriah > Carter Dome > Carter-Moriah > Nineteen Mile Brook (19MB) > end.
Imp: no blazes on the 0.9 miles from NH 16 to the turn at the Joe Dodge herd path. There is a small wooden arrow on a tree at this turn. After this I noted a few, sporadic, very faded yellow blazes. Then no blazes. The junction with N. Carter is signed. Despite the leaves the trail was simple to follow. NOT so simple to discern sneaky mud pits and rivulets beneath the leaf blanket. Punks. I have restained my toes the color of NH mud. Very fashionable. I also hear it is a great treatment for athlete’s foot. 😉
North Carter Trail: no blazes. Simple to follow. Some running water on trail (the part that doesn’t go up a stream). Snow began falling at about 3500 feet. It wasn’t stinking to the ground. Just sticking to my jacket… No ice. There is water for filtering about a 12-15 minute walk down from the junction with the Carter-Moriah. I can personally attest that this is an unreliable water source.
Carter-Moriah: this is the AT and is well blazed in white. It is well trodden (read “footbed is concrete”) and a bit muddy in parts. No ice. Snow not yet accumulating today. Just about plowed into a northbound hiker. Sorry! Neither he nor I expected any humans and therefore had our heads down against the snow and wind. Then I encountered a phenom. A southbound AT thru hiker!!! You go dude! Met a third nice fellow towards Carter Dome. He and I both marveled at the SOBO AT hiker. After the Carter Dome bypass I forgot how steep that 0.8 miles is down into Carter Notch. This was my first time here without snow and I was taken aback by all the rock work. Impressive. Though, it turns out that I like the snow better. Much easier on the knees… I did not see a spring after the summit as mentioned in the Guide.
Carter Dome: a few fresh blue blazes near the AT junctions. Elected to bypass today’s viewless Mt. Hight and take this sheltered 0.6 mile bypass. Again. Simple to follow trail.
19MB: well blazed in fresh blue blazes. Well maintained. Footbed is very well travelled in all seasons. Popular trail. Maybe not today… Apparently I have never been on the upper 1.9 miles without snow. I kept yelling “Where did all these rocks come from?!” Also several streams to hop over. Never knew they were there either. I also prefer this trail in winter. I can travel so much faster in snowshoes!!
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.