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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Middle Carter, South Carter, Mt. Hight, Carter Dome, Wildcat A, Wildcat B, Wildcat C, Wildcat D, NH
Trails
Trails: Route 16, Camp Dodge Cutoff, Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, Polecat ski trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 5, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No issues at Wildcat or 19MB - both lots pretty empty. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None of significance 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Close to a dozen large blowdowns on Carter-Moriah mostly between South Carter and Zeta Pass that will require a chainsaw to remove - we moved several smaller ones throughout the course of the day. Wildcat Ridge trail is a bit brushy in spots per usual - otherwise trails in pretty good shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Hannah had a great day - no issues with the terrain or ice, plenty of water, and the most exciting for her, plenty of mud! 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: What a great day for this traverse. Patchy ice started around 4000ft on North Carter Trail, on and off to the junction, some but less so on the ridge - all was easily stepped around so no traction needed. Gradually clearing skies and multiple layers of different cloud types made for some neat changing views of the Presi's. The only place we used spikes all day was for a few hundred feet headed up to Carter Dome - still up to 2-3' of snow in places. Very spotty patches of ice and snow headed over to Wildcat Ridge but no issues headed down into and up out of Carter Notch. A few extended areas of snow and ice on Wildcat Ridge Trail in the cols between C and D peaks but easily navigated around. Uneventful walk down the ski trails.



Ended up being a beautiful sunny day with almost no wind. Saw only about half a dozen people the whole day (thanks to the caretaker at the hut for the awesome brownies). Fantastic day out with Ali and Hannah - great day to try out some new gear and finish up round 4 on Wildcat D!  
Name
Name: Hikes with Hannah 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-05-06 
Link
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