Ascent of Wildcat Mountain on 2013-05-19

Climber: Evan B

Date:Sunday, May 19, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wildcat Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4422 ft / 1347 m

Ascent Trip Report

We had a gentle hike in from the parking lot before splitting off to the left to head up to Zeta Pass. All the way form the parking lot to the pass the trail is very easy and gradual. From the pass to the summit of Carter Dome, we skirted around Mount Hight. There was still some snow on the trail which made things a little bit slippery, but we managed just fine without micro-spikes. There was a good view from the summit straight to the north, but other than that it is completely wooded. On the descent to the Carter Notch Hut, there is a spectacular vantage point just before the trail plunges down the cliff into the notch. We stopped for a lunch break down in the notch at the hut and its ponds. We then carried on to bag Wildcat. This trail was a far cry from our gently hike in to Carter Dome. The trail is rather steep, and suffered quite a lot of large blowdown from the the winter. There is a wonderful view-point just prior to the summit. The summit itself is not marked. We found a cleared area where they had dropped in some timber, and explored the top of the ridge until the trail started descending again. After assuming we had managed to stand on the peak, we wound our way down to the notch again. Not long after descending past the notch, the trail gets very gentle again, and we had a lovely trail run back out to the car.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Wildcat Ridge Trail
    Trailhead:Carter Dome  
    Time Up:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
    Trailhead:Nineteen Mile Brook  
    Time Down:1 Hours 40 Minutes

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