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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: Sunday, April 10, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easily hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: A WET and snowy but lovely day in the forest was had! Started up 19 Mile Brook and navigated the mix of patchy ice from rotting monorail and some standing/running water. Right now it feels like the world's longest transition zone; we opted to bare boot until the junction with the Carter Dome Trail and then don our spikes. From there to the Wildcat Ridge junction was one of the nicest stretches of the day-only a few bare/wet spots but everything else firm and covered. Ascending the Wildcat Ridge Trail, we verified that traction in your pack doesn't do you any good and kicked ourselves for not putting on our crampons as there were some sketchy spots hidden under the fresh snow and evidence of one poor soul sliding off the sidehill. Some butt-clenching steps and snowshoes would be nearly impossible here because the sidehill is so narrow. That said, we did run into one brave soul who planned to ascend and descend in spikes...it awaits those who like cheap thrills. Across the ridge we were in full snow globe conditions and there were 2-4" of fresh snow with textured ice underneath. Snowshoes would work, spikes would be tedious on the steeps, but we decided our crampons were the best choice for going down those snow-covered ice luges. The ice underneath was getting a little soft with the warm-ish temps and we were grateful for the extra traction it provided. Not nearly as icy and sketchy as a couple months ago but still no picnic. And speaking of picnics, we got to A and realized we should have brought goggles to our picnic instead of sunscreen. The jog down was winter spicy for sure. Double fisting gas station chocolate milk to close out the day. Nowhere near closing out any grid peaks though.  
Name
Name: The Teal Coat & Maine Goat Woman 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-04-10 
Link
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