Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, NH
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, November 19, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at 19 Mile Brook trailhead. Only 1 other car in lot all day. Lot doesn't seem to be plowed, just packed down from cars parking there. Might be tougher without snow tires. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: 2 initial stream crossings on Carter Dome Trail are still open water but easily rock-hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Numerous blowdowns on Carter Dome Trail between 19 Mile Br Tr and Zeta Pass. At least 10 step-overs, many duck-unders, 1 need to crawl under 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Good conditions for Eva with mild temps, light winds, deep snow mostly packed. Somewhat a concern with all the deep postholes but she was adept at maneuvering around them 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Thanks to Gumbyhiker and Ashley for breaking out the route to Carter Dome on Sat. Unfortunately at least 1 hiker on Sunday barebooted the entire hike, resulting in the section from Zeta Pass to Carter Dome summit becoming badly postholed. Knee- to hip-deep postholes since the snow is so deep and still very soft. I did what I could to even it out, but limited what only 1 person can do. I took Carter-Moriah Trail over to Hight on the way down, seeing only snowshoe prints from upper Dome Tr jct to Hight summit. That section was nice! no postholes! But then postholes again on my descent from Hight back to lower Dome Tr jct. ?? 19 Mile Brook Tr heavily used and firmly packed; I used spikes until Carter Dome Tr jct and switched to snowshoes shortly up Carter Dome Tr. Possible to use spikes as far as Zeta Pass but the snow depth and drifts significantly increase above Zeta. Snowshoes advisable!!  
Name: Donna D 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-11-20 
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