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Ascent of Wildcat Mountain on 2012-08-20

Climber: Chris Harding

Date:Monday, August 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wildcat Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4422 ft / 1347 m

Ascent Trip Report

Gorgeous day, sunny, 80s, some scattered puffy clouds. Parked at the Wildcat Ski Resort parking lot and walked the road to the Pinkham Notch V.C., where I picked up the trail to Lost Pond. Continued to the Wildcat Ridge Trail (also a section of the AT) and followed that over Wildcat "E," "D," "C," "B" and finally to Wildcat Mountain (aka, Wildact "A"). Hung around there for about 45 minutes, enjoying the view of Carter Dome and Carter Notch. Nice views to the north and southeast. I then backtracked over "B," "C" and "D" to the ski area and took the Polecat ski trail down. This was rather nostalgic for me, since this is pretty much where I learned to ski 35 years ago. I haven't hiked many ski trails, but I did this on another hiker's recommendation and it was incredible. Because of the wide trail, the whole descent featured amazing vista views of the Presidential Range. Also, there were fields of wildflowers and swarms of butterflies. Seriously.....swarms. I got some incredible pictures of the butterflies. Another thing I found interesting on this hike was the number of different mushrooms I saw on the Wildcat Ridge Trail. I probably got pictures of about 10 different species and those were just the more interesting looking ones. Fun hike, a lot of interesting things to see and amazing views.
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    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail



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