|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Imp Face, North Carter Mountain, NH|
||Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, December 4, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Both Imp lots are plowed out. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Most of the several small water crossings were passable, but a few required some care due to bulbous amounts of snow above unknown ice bridge depth. In better shape now that six have crossed over, but exercise caution! Water flow underneath is substantial in a few cases. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Several blowdowns to deal with, but probably not an issue without the snow (i.e. they're up higher in warmer months) |
|Lost and Found:
||Imp Trail north branch, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Imp Trail south branch|
Joined a group of five other Randomites, led by P. Werner, to hike two peaks, one NH52 (Imp Face) and a Trailwrights 72 (North Carter). Serious snow depth especially up high, it's like later January or February up there! Took Imp Trail north + North Carter trails up to the ridge, tagged North Carter, then descended back the same way but took Imp Trail south branch back to Route 16.
Carter Moriah trail north from its junction with North Carter trail, and the Imp Trail south branch between AMC Camp Dodge spur path junction, were not broken out, but the rest was. However, recent rains and warmer weather led to consolidation and hardening the past few days, providing for some real ankle killing the whole way. Bow-legged walking, awkward balancing and flailing of arms and poles, all that. At least it wasn't feet of powder? (would have almost preferred that...) Positives and negatives to be had, I guess.
Overall snow depth up high of up to several feet lifted us well into the canopy, providing ample opportunity to wrestle with branches and trees leaning heavily and firmly over the trail. Slowest pace heading up from the Imp Trail junction to the ridge, working through numerous spruce traps and settling/breaking through the crust. The going will be easier for those that follow!
||Erik Bertrand |
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.