Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Wildcat D, WIldcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, NH
Trails: Ski trails, Wildcat Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 2 cars at ski parking lot at 930; there was no activity around the ski admin building or grounds 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: N/A 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Few duck unders on ridge 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: One very friendly pup, enjoying the snow 
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
Comments: Wildcat ski management has signs posted on polecat directing uphill walkers. The snow starts approx a quarter mile up the trail. Snowshoes went on at this point and stayed on for the duration of the hike. Crossed paths with 8 people, half wore snow shoes the other half light traction. Ski slope had good snow coverage and it appeared it had seen traffic with either snow mobiles or traction vehicles, compacting areas of the ski slope, mud areas were minimal and avoidable. The only section that had bare rock was between the ski patrol hut and the summit.

The ridge is a mixed bag of different conditions, elevated monorail, narrow monorail, hard packed trail, with numerous post holes on either side of the trail, some as deep as 15 inches. The snowshoes flew over these without adding to the mess. The snow was softer and loose on the steep sections between D and C, a challenge to any type of traction.

Snow squalls on the descent turned to drizzle, then to cold rain at the parking lot. More weather is coming!
Name: TicTacMan & Patches 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-04-29 
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