Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Wildcat D, Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, NH
Trails: Ski trails, Wildcat Ridge Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 2, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No issues. Nineteen Mile Brook is well-plowed. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings on the upper part of Nineteen Mile Brook are still well-bridged. Down low, the snow "bridges" over the series of small tributaries are starting to get quite soft. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of blowdowns and branches on the Wildcat Ridge Trail. Pretty much a game of ducking around branches the whole way across. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't see any today. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Today was one of those days of lots of different types of conditions. After yesterday's warm-up and rain, the ski trails are classic northeast hardpack--crusty snow surface, hard underneath. I hiked up the ski trail in snowshoes, but spikes would also be reasonable. Once up on the ridge, the trail was broken out but less consistently consolidated. I continued on in snowshoes, but again--spikes would be reasonable. Wildcat Ridge has a LOT of blowdowns and branches sticking out everywhere; the high winds today probably didn't help. Even in the trees, the wind was howling this morning. The worst section of trail conditions-wise was the steep(ish) part from Wildcat A to Carter Notch. This section is a bit of a crusty, posthole mess interspersed with icy patches from butt sledders. I stayed in snowshoes, but it's sufficiently steep and iffy conditions-wise that spikes or even crampons wouldn't be a terrible call. Nineteen Mile Brook, on the other hand, is in great shape--solidly packed down, not many blowdowns or trail issues. From the hut down Nineteen Mile Brook, I stayed in snowshoes on the upper half (I tend to switch to snowshoes earlier than most), but everyone else I saw had spikes on. Halfway down, I too switched to spikes. Step off the trail, and you'll post hole! Some signs of mud/spring are definitely emerging on the bottom half of Nineteen Mile Brook--exposed rocks on the typically muddy patches.  
Name: IanB 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-04-02 
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