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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, South Carter, Middle Carter, Mt. Lethe, North Carter, NH
Trails
Trails: Wild River Trail, Black Angel Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, bushwhack, Moriah Brook Trail, Highwater Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Saw a mama moose and calf in the pond just after turning onto Wild River Road. :) Trailhead parking at Wild River Campground is a WMNF fee lot. I forgot my pass so paid the $3. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: "Closed" bridge over Wild River near Moriah Brook Trail is blocked off but still standing. I may, or may not, have used it. It may have been bouncy. Water is very low right now. Crossing of Wild River near old Spider Bridge site was an easy rock hop. Ditto for the multiple crossings on Moriah Brook Trail. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Black Angel and Moriah Brook Trails are both within designated Wild River Wilderness, so wilderness standards apply. I counted somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 blowdowns or too-heavy-to-lift branches on Black Angel Trail. Most of these were easy stepovers, but a few are in need of clearing--couple of crawl-unders and a few walk-arounds. Moriah Brook Trail was in a lot better shape--still a few blowdowns and a few overgrown, muddy spots. Need to search for trail in a couple of spots on MBT but pretty easy to figure out.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Would be a nice, albeit long, hike for dogs. There is very little water on Carter-Moriah Ridge but lots on Moriah Brook Trail and 2 or 3 spots on Black Angel.  
Bugs
Bugs: Couple of deerflies, that's all! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: I lost a folding umbrella (chance of rain & T-storms) on the short but thick 'whack to Mt. Lethe. It was sticking in a side pocket. I have the GPS track so may go back and look for it next month... or not. 
 
Comments
Comments: Another Trailwrights six-pack hike. Wild River, Black Angel, and Moriah Brook Trails were a joy. I saw only 5 people in these 13.5 miles contrasted with about 40 between Mt. Hight and the Moriah Brook turnoff.

I did bushwhack to the high point of "bogus" Mt. Lethe. It is THICK and much easier to do in a normal snow winter when all the trees are filled in. There is a very short herd path that just stops abruptly, but that is not the high point. I tracked 0.08 miles round trip which took about 20 min. Hah! There is a view from the high point!

Got sprinkled on descending North Carter, thankfully nothing heavier. Good thing since Mt. Lethe stole my umbrella.  
Name
Name: Snowflea 
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-08-07 
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