Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Surprise, Mt. Moriah, North Carter, Middle Carter, South Carter, NH
Trails: Carter Moriah Trail, Imp Campsite Spur Path, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, February 19, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Almost all water crossings were on 19 Mile Brook Trail. All were rock-hoppable. Some were snow bridged. Some were a bit dicey in snowshoes. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Several downed trees to crawl under or hop over, mostly between Moriah and North Cater, but to a lesser degree along more southernly portions of the Moriah Carter trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: A few, all happy and friendly :-) 
Bugs: Just the right amount! (none) 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Going up Moriah on 2/18, it was a relatively well traveled trail. Most people were wearing microspikes (a few were carrying their snowshoes down the mountain). We were happy with our snowshoes.

From Moriah to the Imp Shelter, there was significant powder. Would recommend snowshoes.

The short path to the Imp shelter was half deep powder and half crusty snow/ice. Even with the map, we couldn't find the bear box (it was buried in snow). The tree coverage is a bit lighter at the Imp Shelter than it is generally on the trail, so the wind penetrates more than would otherwise be expected below treeline.

From the Imp Shelter to North Carter was thick powder. Snowshoes only recommended. Lots of branches and downed trees encroaching on the trail before it got to the steep part. Powder covered the steep section. It was long slow-going.

I think we crossed paths with another group around Middle Carter. From there on, we didn't have to break trail. The trail generally got more packed the further south you went.

Coming down 19 mile brook trail was a really frustrating experience. Postholes were ubiquitous, and made it a challenge to navigate.  
Name: Human Biped 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-02-19 
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