Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Wildcat A, Wildcat B, Wildcat C, Wildcat D, Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, South Carter, Middle Carter, NH
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail, Camp Dodge Cutoff, NH 16
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 19MB Trailhead lot bare ground. Only 2 other cars today. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Most are (wood) bridged, the few open ones were easy rock hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Variety of blowdowns on virtually all trails I hiked today, with notable ones on C-M between Dome and the notch, and on N Carter Trail. Too many to remember or detail. In a few cases they are enough of an obstruction to have created herd paths around them. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Snowfleas! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a single men's Dakine mitt hanging from a tree near the Carter-Moriah and N Carter Trail junction. If it's yours, please email me and we'll figure out how to get you reunited with it. 
Comments: Bluebird day for Carters & Wildcats. Traction summary: there is alot of hard/glaze ice on the ridge trails, full crampons are highly recommended.

Ascended 19 Mile Brook Tr to the notch, then out/back to Wildcats A-D, then CCW loop of Carters (Dome/Hight/South/Middle). Overall the trails were in decent shape, I started with micros on 19MB and up to Wildcat A, then at the first site of the ice luge after Wildcat B, I donned the 10pt crampons, which stayed on 'til just before Mt Hight. At Hight (summit area is totally bare rock) I switched to micros to descend, which I quickly regretted, as it was too slippery with loose snow and I did in fact slip. Air was warm, and while I wasn't postholing so long as staying in the center of the trail, the micros were balling so I switched back to the crampons until descending N Carter Tr. At 2250' there was so little snow/ice on S Imp Tr that I removed any traction for the remainder.

It was nice chatting with the family ascending Wildcat A, who had stayed at the hut the night prior.

Video showing trail conditions in link below..  
Name: Eric H 
E-Mail: ejhansen at gmail 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-04-06 
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