Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Carter Dome, South Carter, Middle Carter, NH
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 18, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot was mostly full when I showed up at 8:15 AM. It was mostly full when I left at 5:15 PM. I assume it was mostly hut traffic. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Nothing that posed a challenge 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple trees down on pretty much every trail except for 19MB. Everything can be ducked under, stepped over, or walked around, but some of them could be easily removed with a small saw. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one. Seemed fine. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Went from 19MB to Zeta Pass to Carter Dome, back to Zeta Pass, to South Carter, to Middle Carter, back to Zeta Pass, and back to the 19MB trailhead.

Didn't encounter snow until I got close to Zeta Pass. From Zeta Pass to Carter Dome, the trail requires at least a pair of dull spikes. One guy who tried to bareboot it ended up turning around because he was sliding too much. What monorail exists is kinda sketchy at best, as I ended up postholing to my knees a number of times on the way back down.

There wasn't much snow on the way to South Carter. The section of trail between South and Middle Carter, however, had plenty of snow. I watched one guy eat it as he was descending from South Carter without traction.

I can't speak to North Carter or the Imp Trail, but there seemed to be a few folks that were doing that today. Without a car spot, I had to go back the way I came.  
Name: Jerome G 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-05-19 
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