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Peaks Middle Carter, NH
Trails
Trails: Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, December 4, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: the parking area is not deep and comes up on you. If you are driving north up Route 16 keep your eyes alert once you go by the trailhead for the south branch of the Imp Trail, parking for the north branch is right up the road. The parking area was clear. No cars when I arrived at 7:30. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all are small and non a problem, ice is forming over the brooks, not totally solid yet. Some of the ice forming over the cascading water is beautiful. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: First part of trail is snow tree, no problems. At 40 minutes in I put on microspikes because of ice on the trail. The open ledges atop Imp Face cliff are almost snow free. The snow starts shortly after the ledges but it is not deep or a problem. There were 7 blowdowns, only one was large. Someone had previously gone through and cut through the big trees that had been blocking the trail. Thank you to whoever that was. I cleared up all the remaining stepovers, with exception of the remaining large tree (you can crawl over it, all branches have been removed). The trail is now clear with that one exception. Snow is 6 - 8 inches once you are on Carter-Moriah Trail. Trail is narrow on some areas of the North Carter Trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: there were none today but this is a good trail for dogs. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: nothing 
 
Comments
Comments: The trail was scenic, starts out with an almost level walk through open woods. There are no real steep areas on any portion of the trail. The hiking over the Carter-Moriah Trail to Middle Carter is as good as it gets for any trail I have been on. Perfect weather, perfect views.  
Name
Name: Bruce 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-12-04 
Link
Link: http:// 
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