|Hiking Trail Conditions Report
|Mt. Moriah, North Carter, Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome, NH
|Rattle River Trail, Kenduskeag Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Rainbow Trail, Wild River Trail
|Date of Hike:
|Saturday, September 3, 2016
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
|USFS fee lot at Wild River Campground Trailhead.
|Dry Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Crossings of Rattle River and Wild River were easy rock hops. Water levels are low.
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Kenduskeag Trail between Rattle River Trail jct. and Moriah could use some clipping here and there. Rainbow Trail had a half dozen blowdowns that need clearing and was a bit grown in lower down but otherwise looked good. Wild River Trail was a mix of overgrown-mud pit-blowdown "wilderness-y" trail on south end and smoother, more highly traveled, and better maintained on the north end.
|Rattle River Trail and Wild River Trail would be good for dogs. Otherwise, a long dry stretch in between!
|Lost and Found:
|Did this one as a point-to-point w/Fancypants dropping me off at the Rattle River Trailhead for my final, yet-to-be hiked trail this year up Mt. Moriah. Met a bunch of thru-hikers, including one camped on the summit.
Rainbow Trail was a joy. This was just my second time on this trail, so there were lots of mini breaks up high to ogle the unique and spectacular view of Wildcats w/Washington as backdrop. Birch glades farther down were gorgeous. The trail did get grown in a bit with stickers and ferns but was easy to follow. (Didn't look like it would be easy to follow in winter though!)
Fancypants met me a little south of Eagle Link on Wild River Trail after I'd gotten through most of the sloppy sections. At Eagle Link junction we met two nice USFS backcountry rangers and avalanche wonder dog Lily, who were switching out a couple of old signs. Spent a good half hour chatting, assured them the Wild River Trail, south end, was wilderness-y enough--haha--and carried out a sign for them which we unfortunately were not allowed to keep.
Great day on Carter-Moriah and Wild River Wilderness!
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.