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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, NH
Trails
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 1, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking at 19MB trailhead - may have filled later in the AM 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All rock hopable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trees down on all trails - easy to get around 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Cooper and Piper had a blast. Trail long but easy for these doggos. Softening snow and ice improved the traction for dogs. Couple of spots between middle and south are steep, but they handled them OK. Encountered no other dogs on the trail today. 
Bugs
Bugs: Saw several today, including a butterfly at Middle Carter Summit. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
 
Comments
Comments: Started on bare trail up 19MB; with expected running water and mud. At about 2700 ft the icy / loose snow patches increased in frequency so put on spikes for better traction. At higher elevation the trail was well packed, but loose snow. Went up the steep climb over Mt Height on way to Carter Dome, great views, well worth the effort. Snow was semi-packed, soft, resulting in good traction and we did not have any issues with balling. The last few feet to summit was pretty icy, but had softened by late morning and we got good traction there as well. Trek over the Carter Dome was similar.

Coming down Carter Dome Trail from CD, the trail was tricky. As reported in some previous submissions, the trail traverses the side of the mountain, and currently narrow and sloping sidewise. Several locations required careful footing to prevent sliding down into the trees.

The remainder of the ridge trail was great, solid, no balling for us. Just slight softening as the day temps increased, but still had good traction. Since the trail is packed with several feet of snow, it's possible to grab spectacular views above the trees. Spikes stayed on until 2700 ft, where the patches of snow and ice were few and further between. Remainder Imp trail was dry, running water, some mud, spring like.  
Name
Name: CookiesOnTop & Goldrush 
E-Mail
E-Mail: schwarzmc at yahoo dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-01 
Link
Link: https:// 
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