Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Middle Carter, South Carter, Mt. Hight, Carter Dome, NH
Trails: Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No other cars 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A hand full of blowdowns on S Imp prior to the jct with N Imp and one after he jct. One in particular cannot be passed without going off the trail entirely. Another handful of blowdowns on the ridge - however, it appears the really significant blow downs were already moved thanks to the very evident trail work already performed (thank you!) 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No doggies today 
Bugs: Heavens to Murgatroyd! My Garmin says I burned 2600 calories. I will still gain weight with all of the bugs I ate today. They didn't really get bad until it warmed up - by that time I got all the way to Hight before they really became so unbearable that I didn't stay to enjoy the weather, threw my bug net on and continued on. When I hit 19 mile brook trail after the long descent, the little pond proved to be a bug hatching ground and the swarms were the worst I've ever experienced - mostly no-seeums. Once I passed the jct for the wildcats, any time I stopped mosquitos started biting. This was the only place I was actually bit. My clothes were treated with permethrin, deet covered the rest of me - it didn't mater. The only kind of spray that would do any good would be a flamethrower. Just keep moving and keep everything covered. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Mud and bugs comprise the story here, folks. A lot of the mud is avoidable on IMP, but a lot on the ridge is not. All different kinds of mud, too. Brownie mix mud, water mud, fake mud (it's actually a puddle underneath), cohesive mud, dried mud (my favorite), to name a few. Some snow near Carter Dome - pretty decent base still left in places, too. No traction needed though. Imp trail to CMT after S and N imp trails converge is like a spruce car wash - except you are the car. I tried to take nothing but photos, but the pine needles from my spruce wash got in everything. In spite of the bugs (the mud, I didn't really care too much about), the fact the weather played nice on my day off made everything that was negative inconsequential. The views were amazing, I only ran into a handful of people on the ridge and a group on 19 mile, so no crowds. It got pretty warm hiking out NMBT and that reservoir looked really inviting. Great day to be out!  
Name: BubblesTheHiker 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-06-12 
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