Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome, NH
Trails: NH 16, Camp Dodge Cutoff, Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, May 29, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot was 3/4ths full at 8:45. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No problem with water crossings. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Several blowdowns along the course of my route, but they were easy to get around. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Ample water for dogs 
Bugs: Minor 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Today I got the road walk out of the way first. Then took the Camp Dodge Cutoff to the Imp Trail. The trail was dry for the first 2-3 miles. I didn't run into any snow until about halfway up the North Carter Trail. Snow depth became one to two feet in places and became continuous, so I put on my microspikes. I kept them on until the junction with the Carter-Moriah Trail. All the way across to South Carter the trail was back and forth between snow and dry sections based on how much direct sunlight that section of trail receives. I took my spikes off and left them off across the ridge. I would say this section was 70% clear of snow. The sections that had snow had a depth of 1-2 feet. The trail heading down South was completely clear of snow until just before Zeta Pass. Off and on snow through this section. A few minutes after the pass the trail was dry again as I headed up to Carter Dome. About halfway up, I came across patchy snow which became more significant, and then the last 3-4 tenths of a mile to the summit of Carter Dome had A LOT of snow, at least 2 feet and possibly three in places. I used my spikes here. Snow remained until right before the summit which was dry. I headed back to Zeta Pass. As I descended from Zeta Pass the trail was completely free of snow.  
Name: Eric Rathbun 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-29 
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