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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Wildcat D, Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, South Carter, Middle Carter, NH
Trails
Trails: Ski trails, Wildcat Ridge Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail, Camp Dodge Cutoff
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only car at the large and nice Great Gulf parking. Other car parked at ski area main lot (since the other lot had a sign saying the gate would be closed at 3, although that wasn't done today) which had none on arrival and 4 later in the afternoon. The ski area was closed for the week. I-93 construction in the notch changed the roads a bit today, with 3 now getting to 93 S via an on ramp via a detour up one exit. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock steps 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No serious or new blowdowns or water in the trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Pretty nice day for Pepper. Trails pretty easy, temps nice, and water available in streams down low or a bowl up high. There is ice and it may be in steep sections, but he's used to it and had no problems. It's nice having a low center of gravity and 4 paw claw drive. 
Bugs
Bugs: Some flying but not biting mostly just north of Middle Carter. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: After calibrating Silverfox's trail report on the Carters and another for the Wildcats for the cold overnight, we decided not to take the snowshoes. It was a good choice although there are pockets of deep snow in places that were softening in the pm. Georg used 6 pt crampons and I used Hillsounds going down from D in the icy steep sections which were hard in the am. We used microspikes to go down from A. After that Georg barebooted, "skiing" all the ice as well as steeper monorail, while I put microspikes off and on to deal with the same and the pockets of bare trail between the ice/monorail. We saw a few other hikers near Carter Dome, but mostly had the trails to ourselves. AMC workers active at the Dodge camps. It was a beautiful day out, with lots of sun, little wind (which was refreshing), comfy temps, nice views in places, and trails that were a bit tricky in places with so much ice and/or solid monorail, and in other places easy. With great trail companions, Georg and Pepper, it was a superb day on the trails. Thanks guys.  
Name
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-04-19 
Link
Link: http:// 
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