New Hampshire
Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, NH
Trails: Wild River Trail, Black Angel Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, July 10, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Hiker parking lot at the Wild River Campground was about 1/4 full when we arrived on Sunday (might hold 20 cars) and there were 2 other cars besides ours when we returned late Monday afternoon.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Minor crossings on Black Angel Trail were not a problem. We had originally intended to use the Highwater Trail but found that the Moriah Brook Trail Bridge had been closed in 2015, and had been dismantled. So we crossed at the site of the former Spider Bridge further upstream. Outward bound the crossing was a rockhop that took a little while to figure out, but seemed better on the way back as we found a better route (probably the route where they had placed rocks for that purpose) and the water level may have dropped a little.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Black Angel Trail is little used but not hard to follow. It is mostly unblazed, maybe because it is in the Wilderness, but we did see 3 or 4 yellow blazes still in existence. There were fairly numerous blowdowns, some stepovers, some duckunders, some go-arounds of various degrees of difficulty. Lone Wolf was able to clear several blowdowns by dragging the tree off the trail. But many remain.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Mosquitoes were annoying, off and on, both days. But manageable.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a leather belt at the river crossing, and hung it in a tree. Found a blue fleece shirt on a blowdown on Black Angel Trail. We took that, but if you think it is yours, email me. We found and took a decent plastic camping fork stuck in the ground at a bootleg campsite we investigated on the BA Trail. We found and left a pair of sunglasses that was on the Black Angel/Carter-Moriah junction sign.  
Comments: Nice 2 day trip, accessing Carter Dome and Mt. Hight from the quieter east side. We saw 2 people on the Black Angel Trail, no one on the Wild River Trail, except near the campground, and only 4 people on the Carter-Moriah Trail. Contrast this with when we were driving up past the Bridal Path/Falling Waters trailhead there were 100s of cars parked on both sides of the highway and a similar situation at Appalachia. We certainly took the trail less traveled. Thanks to Lone Wolf for a great trip.  
Name: greatoz 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-07-10 
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