Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Middle Carter, South Carter, Mt. Hight, Carter Dome, NH
Trails: Route 16, Camp Dodge Cutoff, Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 18, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Space was available at the Nineteen Mile Brook trailhead parking at 8:15AM and at 4:30PM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Brooks crossed on rocks. The bridge over the second tributary from Rte 16 parking extends halfway across brook. The remainder of the brook can be crossed on logs or rocks. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in pretty good condition except the lower part of Nineteen Mile Brook Trail which was badly eroded from Irene. The Carter-Moriah Trail south of Mt Hight requires some clipping of evergreen boughs. The North Carter Trail has recently been brushed out. A log stairway on the Nineteen Mile Brook trail was down the river banking. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw none today. Trails leading to the ridge have plenty of water while the ridge itself is rather dry.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The most challenging aspect of today's hike was avoiding slippage on the ice. Most of the trails were dry however there were some stretches of ice especially on the upper portion of the North Carter Trail and the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail. I did not put on the microspikes as I was able to find enough dry rocks or dry ground to avoid the ice. Watch for the ice on a ledge that slopes towards Nineteen Mile Brook. Carter Lake was frozen.

Great views of Mt Washington and the northern Presidentials as well as the Wild River valley particularly from Mt Hight.

Used the logging road extending east from the AMC Dodge Camp to reach the Imp Trail. The camp is accessed via the first road right off route 16 north of Nineteen Mile Brook trail parking. While on the logging road be on the lookout for the crossing of the Imp Trail as it is not signed.

Amazingly I saw no other hikers on the trails although I heard some down towards Zeta Pass while I was ascending Mt Hight.  
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-11-18 
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