Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Carter, Middle Carter, Lethe, NH
Trails: 19 Mile, Carter Dome, Carter Moriah, North Carter, Imp S., Dodge wack, Rt. 16
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 22, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I had several spots available when I arrived for a somewhat late start. It was full on my return not surprisingly. That's way too small a lot for the hut and trail related users. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: rock steps 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There were quite a few spots of significant erosion from Irene and after storms on all trails except C-M and Imp. Many waterbars are still working but there's plenty that aren't being clogged or hanging. There's lot of running water in spots too. Using my boot and moving some rocks I redirected some water but a good rain will wipe that out. Imp trail in the best shape in some ways but down low lots of soft trail under thick leaves. I took out a few blowdowns but left one for a larger saw after trimming the branches. There's a couple duckunders that will need a trail crew axe or chainsaw. Newer sign at C-M and N. Carter still up and working but it was damaged some by a falling tree.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: It was an easy day for the mighty tough little dog with great temps, plenty of water to sip and dip, and some chippies to chase. We met an even smaller dog on the ridge.  
Bugs: None seen so far. I've been hearing of large numbers of deer ticks on dogs and hikers in the Thetford, VT area in the past week so Pepper and I will get a close check next. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We were told by a nice guy on Middle Carter that it was ham radio on the summits day. He had a makeshift antenna set up and was using the radio.

On the ridge we saluted Pepper's big "brother" Cocoa who passed away yesterday. Pepper seems perplexed by his missing presence. I know we will miss our nightly game of ball with him. He had so many leg ailments and injuries he never hiked; I hope he is running like the wind now.

We had a bit of snow on S. Carter, and some showers later, but some bright diffuse light near the end and the wet understory foliage generated magical light and saturated colors. It was good to be on the trails.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-10-22 
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