Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, South Carter, Middle Carter, NH
Trails: Route 16, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail, Camp Dodge Cutoff
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 1, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Great Gulf lot even though there were a few spots at 19 Mile Brook. Plenty of room on arrival, still a few spots on my return. 19 Mile has cars parked along Rt 16 as I drove out, but no sheriff issuing tickets as I've seen other times. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: rock hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No blowdowns. Some sections of nice footbed, some could use brushing; some mud spots mostly around Middle Carter, some very geologically active stretches (eroding)especially around Carter Dome. Carter Moriah below Hight could use some waterbars, but many of the waterbars on the trails are filled, and some have switched roles with the trail, and the trail protects and drains them, not to the trail's advantage. The lower Imp, however, has had an incredible amount of recent drainage work. It might seem a bit overdone in a few places but after seeing so many problems beforehand overall it was welcome; it is way better than a severely eroding trail and nature will naturalize it quickly. There was some nice new trail work on Carter Dome down low too. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Pretty good dog trails. Lots of water until upper Carter Dome, but bring some for the rest of the hike until down quite a ways on Imp. Lots of shade too. No rough rock/boulders. Pepper saw two nice dogs. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Pretty nice day if a bit humid until late. There weren't as many other hikers as I would have expected for Labor Day Weekend. The Presi peaks were mostly in the clouds much of the morning and beyond. I managed to space out and drag Pepper a ways down Black Angell before emerging from my personal fog and seeing the error. He's a great companion; he didn't snicker once.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-09-01 
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