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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Wildcat A, Wildcat B, Wildcat C, Wildcat D, NH
Trails
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, ski trails
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, February 28, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at nineteen mile brook trailhead. The lot wasn't plowed very well, but I had no issues in my FWD car.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: It was a beautiful cold day for the wildcats. This was my second attempt at hiking them this February for my winter 48. A few weeks ago I had to turn back because the trail was underwater. I don't have a good history with the wildcats due to that hike, and a negative experience I had with someone on my previous hike to these mountains. Thankfully the trails were in much better shape this time, and I was solo. Nineteen mile brook trail (below the intersection with carter done trail) was packed perfectly, so I used microspikes. The massive posthole I left last time (when the monorail collapsed beneath me) was gone. Once I got past this intersection I began running into snow drifts ranging from ankle deep to knee deep. It was as if no one had hiked this trail since the last snow storm (though I know people did over the weekend). I put on my snow shoes shortly before reaching carter notch, and broke trail up to Wildcat A. I could tell that there was some pretty thick crampon-worthy ice below the snow. The ridge between A and D was not as badly drifted but snowshoes were still the best traction to use. By the time I reached D peak, the clouds of the presidentials cleared, giving my amazing views. I had the summit all to myself since the upper ski lift wasn't running. Rather than deal with the pointless ups and downs on the wildcat ridge again, I hiked down the ski slope. No one seemed to care, even though the lower half of the mountain was open for skiing. Finally, I did a 3 mile roadwalk back to my car.  
Name
Name: Nick C 
E-Mail
E-Mail: nich43@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-02-28 
Link
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