|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Wildcat A, Wildcat B, Wildcat C, Wildcat D, NH|
||Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, ski trails|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, February 11, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lot off Rt 16 is plowed and saw multiple cars. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Wet/Sticky |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All crossings frozen or bridges. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Saw one pup loving the snow! |
||Saw one little strange spider crawling through the snow on the trail...that was a first!
|Lost and Found:
||We parked at Wildcat ski area and arranged for a car service (Maura At Your Service) to bring us to 19 Mile Brook trailhead. Concern was walking Rt 16 on a Friday afternoon with limited shoulder for safety with cars/trucks cruising by at +50mph. We even stopped to pick up a hiker who was headed to 19 mile. Best money ever spent for that reason and BONUS - this enabled us to only have to walk Wildcat Ridge one way and not out and back, which would have been rough.|
Hiked in snowshoes from start to finish...this was the best mode of transportation. Don't be tempted to use spikes along 19 Mile Brook and please help keep the trails packed down nice. Saw a couple barebooters coming out as we hiked in and a few deep postholes. Not bad though.
19 Mile Brook trail was a little mush y from the warmer temps. From Carter Moriah junction it was less traveled and the trail was more packed powder. Wildcat Ridge trail was broken out but unstable in some of the switchback sections. Lots more powder along here. Ski trails were a frozen granular pack with some snowy sections that get piled up from skiers.
We started our hike at 2pm to catch the sunset along the ridge and walk down the ski trails with the moonlight...let me tell you it was pure magic! The sky was a myriad of color as the sun went down. The moon rose and the stars were incredibly pronounced. The snow covered presi range was all lit up ...truly spectacular. I didn't really even use my headlamp coming down the ski trails and enjoyed the moonlight and complete silence.
For anyone hiking the Wildcats, I HIGHLY recommend a traverse if possible.
||mountain girl |
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.