Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Carter Dome, NH
Trails: Bog Brook Trail, Wild River Trail, Rainbow Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Wildcat River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, June 17, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Unmaintained section of Carter Notch Rd in good shape. Room for only 4 or 5 cars at the trailhead. Further up from the trailhead the haul roads are gated. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Most are easy rock hops. The third/major Bog Brook crossing before the road has a blowdown across the stream up 60' from the trail with a live tree for hands to use for balance. The lowest major crossings on Wildcat River require some focus and use of wet rocks some of which aren't stable. Poles were helpful on these. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Bog Brook has regular spots of mud, but for most of it there are rocks or roots to avoid it. Near Wild River people are going to the side. The beaver pond close to Wild River crossable on the beaver dam. Wild River had mud spots in places but otherwise fine. Rainbow had numerous step over blowdowns in several places, up high there are several that are harder to get over. Wildcat River had some significant mud spots, but the bog bridges that were put in a few years ago are very helpful for the worst. Overall these trails have long stretches of great footbed and are fun to hike. Carter-Moriah between the Hut and Peak is eroding badly in many places, with most of its waterbars filled or of little use, it gets worse the higher one goes. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Fun day for Pepper. All those brooks made it sip'n and dip'n heaven. Water is still needed for the upper Rainbow and peak which are dry. He was also on moose watch, perhaps fondly remembering his chases or prior years, so I made sure any moose would hear us coming. Trails easy on the paw pads. 
Bugs: A few black flies while stopping on the top. Otherwise zilch. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This is a nice hike, a great alternative to the standard fare. Unfortunately the unique perspective of Carter Dome from the open area on Rainbow below the peak was blocked by clouds. We saw only one group prior to reaching Carter Dome, a few on our way down, and none thereafter. It was a great weekend for hiking; even more so with heat and humidity coming in.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-06-17 
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