Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Carter, NH
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 31, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 19MB trailhead was not plowed at 730am but was beautifully plowed when we got back at 330pm. Thank you!! No cars in the lot when we got there and one car when we returned (which belonged to the dog plus it’s 2 humans!) 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Snow bridged! 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There is a new and complicated blowdown about halfway up the Carter Dome Trail (about 0.2 miles into the switchback section.). It wasn’t there 2 weeks ago. At least two trees are involved and the branchy section of one coniferous tree is making a dense overhead bridge over the trail. The trail is passable as a duck-under. It looks sort of neat but also looks like it might be a pain in the bum to clear. Sigh. There is a 10” diameter (at least) tree across the Carter Moriah Trail about 0.1 miles from Zeta Pass (I don’t know if this one is new). We ended up cutting an off trail path around it (there didn’t seem to be any other choice). There is another one further on that is a stepover but was easier to do that a bit to the left of the trail. Yippee, I saw the summit stick! Score!  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one today, close to the 19MB trailhead.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A fine day for some trailbreaking!! Snowshoes all day, of course (my favorite kind of day!!!)
19MB trail had some boot prints headed in the down direction when we were going up, and lots more boot prints when we came back down. It needs some more snowshoe love to make it the concrete sidewalk that we all love!!
Carter Dome Trail and Carter Moriah Trail were unbroken. 6” powder minimum at the bottom and across the water crossings (that are snow bridged). In the switchback section it started to be slightly deeper, with 1+’ drifts at the sidehills. Then it got SUPER FUN when we got to the 1-2’ long drifted sections. Eek!
Carter Moriah Trail had some of the 6” trailbreaking but more of the drifts. The largest drift we saw was over 2’!
I didn’t want to potentially hike in the dark so we turned around at South Carter and retraced our steps. We definitely started a new trench but it’s not at all consolidated!!  
Name: Bikecamphikegirl and Rick S 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-01-31 
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