Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Carter Dome, NH
Trails: Bog Brook Trail, Wildcat River Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Rainbow Trail, Wild River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 12, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Limited parking but only one other car there today. Gravel access road rough but unchanged by the recent rains. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hops with a few of the rocks being just a bit underwater. Pepper waded the larger streams.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails wet from recent rains. Only signficant blowdowns were on Rainbow. Wildcat River's mudpits mostly bog bridged; Wild River's only had some branches. Carter Moriah section had many failing water bars and was clearly eroding badly in places. Rainbow had very few waterbars despite its length and slope and really could use some to stop its erosion. Wildcat River has had extensive bog bridging work and more puncheons are there to be installed. It was the best trail of the bunch. Rainbow in the ice damaged birch glade is often hidden by raspberry branches, which are not a pricker issue but they hide the footbed which is rough. One would not want to get off trail in this section; it would be difficult to refind it since it is so covered and there are few blue diamonds marking it.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Pepper loves the Bog Brook to Wildcat River trails which have plenty of brook time. Rainbow is mostly dry. Wild River has lots of small brook crossings. All trails well shaded. Critters on Wild River kept him entertained. 
Bugs: A skeeter and some gnats when I stopped for a drink at Rainbow and Wild River. Otherwise none. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Keep an eye out for some sort of stinging insects on Wildcat River above Wild River. Pepper appeared to have been stung a couple of times; I was following and yelled "Go" when I saw that, so we took off. But nothing bothered me and after a 1 to 2 minute we stopped and had no problems. When I got back to the car the other hiker had left a note at the trail sign warning people about a yellowjacket nest.

We only saw one hiker on the trails, a bit below Carter Dome, and 3 on the peak. We went up Wildcat River, down Rainbow and took Wild River back to Wildcat River. Going counterclockwise made for quite a different hike. Wild River has a mostly nice footbed but some mud pits, although with care they are manageable. It was humid but with little sun the temps weren't bad. This was a good hike for Pepper for the day with the solitude and water. On the drive home we drove through an incredible downpour, one of the worst I've ever driven in. It didn't faze Pepper.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-08-12 
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