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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Wildcat A, NH
Trails
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, March 18, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 19MB lot down to bare ground. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All bridged with logs or wood, no issues. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Few blowdowns on 19MB after the junction with CDT before WRT. Walk around, step over, step under. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one happy one. 
Bugs
Bugs: Mosquitoes  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
 
Comments
Comments: 19MB for the first 1.10 miles until the staired bridge is mostly flat packed icy snow. After the bridge it is mostly softer snow with patches of bare wet ground and flowing water. I kept spikes on until just after the 2nd log crossing after the junction with CDT because I didn’t want to cross the logs in snowshoes. Since I was consistently starting to work a bit harder for traction in the soft snow and sinking a bit, snowshoes went on all the way to Wildcat A summit. WRT is soft snow with just a few non-problematic icy patches. I used my Tubbs Flex VRTs based on the note from the person who did WRT on Monday.

I was glad for the bigger surface area of more aggressive traction from the SS on soft side-slopey areas and the icy patches ascending the 0.7 to the A summit. Because the snow is soft and deep on WRT, I did posthole a couple times with my snowshoes if I veered too far from the center of the path. Coming down was a bit sketchy on the steeps but I was able to remain standing due to the VRT traction and by Tarzan’ing some trees.

Snowshoes remained on until about a 1/2 mile before the staired bridge then spikes back to the trailhead.  
Name
Name: thegingerhiker 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-03-18 
Link
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