Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Wildcat A, Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, NH
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: 19 Mile Brook crossings were straightforward. Carter Dome Trail had two bigger crossings that required either stepping on submerged rocks or walking across a narrow log. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of blow downs on the Carter Moriah trail from the hut to Carter Dome. Of concern were two, around the 4045 and 4060 counter lines, which had snapped at the trunks but haven't fallen yet, widow-maker style. Carter Moriah up to Mt. Hight has a small field of blowdowns.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: saw one happy dog headed up to the dome 
Bugs: black flies at lower elevation, not too bad unless we were stopped for a while. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: 19 Mile Brook was surprisingly dry for the first few miles. Some mud and running water around 3000 feet. Ice and snow, and crumbling post-holed monorail up to Wildcat A. Barebootable on the way up, but spikes were helpful on the way down. Carter-Moriah trail up to Carter Dome was also surprisingly dry for the first half. Snow started around 4000 feet and persisted until close to the summit of Hight. Several feet of snow between Carter Dome and Mt Hight, and surprisingly stable. Bare-bootable if experienced and comfortable with bizarro shoulder season conditions, otherwise spikes helpful. If/when it gets warmer it will be a mess and maybe snowshoes will be helpful. Carter Moriah trail towards Zeta Pass was soft, slushy, post-holed snow. Carter Dome trail from Carter-Moriah to 19 Mile Brook was beautiful, mostly dry below 3600 feet, with a couple of high but manageable stream crossings (see water crossing notes).  
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-23 
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