Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Surprise, Mt. Moriah, North Carter, Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome, NH
Trails: Carter-Moriah Trail, Black Angel Trail, Highwater Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 29, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The water crossing of Wild River was a knee deep ford. It ended up raining on me and by the time I made it to Moriah brook and Bull brook my feet were soaked so I just tromped thru them 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Black angel trail towards the top on the rock scrambles has 2 large blowdowns that completely block the trail Highwater trail is in desperate need of some relocations where many sections are right on the edge of an eroding bank 80 feet up or just completely washed away. One section where the river recently relocated itself was very tricky to navigate as well as by bull brook 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Very dangerous drop offs into the river and fords across rapidly moving water. Would not recommend for any dog 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found lots of solitude, didn't see anyone for 22 miles 
Comments: A long 32 miles in the Wild River Wilderness. Carter-Moriah Trail was in great condition and I made great time up Moriah and over the Carters. After that the real adventure began down the Black Angel trail. I took it to the end at rim junction. I was not to impressed with it, no waterfalls, streams or views to speak of. Then just as I was starting the long hike out on high-water trail it started pouring rain and didn't stop for the entire 10ish miles back to the car.High-water was a nightmare ????
It started pouring and didn't stop. There are so many washouts with no relocations. Parts of the trail are along eroded undercut banks high up. Whole sections of trail washed away into a stream that isn't even on the map because the river changed course so recently. There's a reason it's called the wild river I suppose. The dramatic effects of erosion are powerful there. But at the end there was some bits of virgin forest... you can see some of the massive trees that used to dominate all the forests up here before the axes came. It was definitely a memorable day highlighting some new trails in the Wild River Wilderness  
Name: Bluecollar4khiker  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-07-30 
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