Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Wildcat D, Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, Carter Dome, South Carter, Middle Carter, NH
Trails: Ski trails, Wildcat Ridge Trail, Carter Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail, Camp Dodge Cutoff
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We parked at the Wildcat Ski area. We arrived at 6:15 and there was plenty of parking. When we returned they were open and a lot of people skiing and enjoying the day! Still plenty of parking though. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Imp Trail had some stretches where snow bridges are open and a bit sketchy, and one open water crossing that had icy rocks to step across. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All of the trails had some step overs and duck unders, but nothing that caused any issues. There were a lot of branches hanging over all of the trails that were very grabby :) 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Our pup had so much fun today! We did not see any other pups today, but I saw in an earlier report there were a few on the Carters today having fun!  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost, nothing found 
Comments: We parked at the Wildcat Ski area and went up the ski trails before they opened. We had our pup and the guys we saw working were totally fine with that! Ski trails were gorgeous of course, and as soon as we started on the Wildcat Ridge Trail the snow was frozen solid. Our Hillsounds did the job, but descents were a bit tricky all the way to Carter Dome. There were a few small areas with drifting, but had the frozen snow underneath. The first half mile up from Carter Notch to Carter Dome was all frozen snow, and we definitely had to use our hands to help us crawl up. After that initial steep section, the trail was much easier. Still frozen, but starting to soften up slightly so the traction was working much better! There were frozen post holes on all of the trails. Pretty easy to get around. As an earlier report mentioned, the Imp is pretty beat up, a lot of frozen post holes, and a lot of unstable snow over streams, and open holes over the streams, so just need to use caution. We used the Camp Dodge cutoff, and then then the White Mountain Road back to to the ski area parking lot. We wore Hillsounds from start until we got back out to the road. Snowshoes went for a ride.  
Name: Marylyn Styles 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-02-18 
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