Ascent of Wildcat Mountain on 2014-07-07

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Monday, July 7, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wildcat Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4422 ft / 1347 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked Wildcat A with my Dad as part of our annual White Mountain camping trip.

We set out on the 19-Mile Brook Trail around 8:05 AM. It started out easy with good footing, passing by its namesake brook. The trail crossed a tributary of the brook and passed a few washed-out areas, soon reaching a junction with the Carter Dome Trail at 1.9 miles. (I took that trail to Carter Dome last year.) We stayed on 19-Mile Brook.

The trail from there made a few more brook crossings (bridged) and then became more moderate, with somewhat rougher footing. About halfway up this section, it became very wet and muddy, which warranted rock-stepping. After a notably level section, it made the final steep push to Carter Notch and the Wildcat Ridge Trail. We took a water break to prep ourselves for this climb, then we began the climb.

The Wildcat Ridge Trail to Wildcat A started with a steep section, then had a mix of moderate and steep sections. About 1/3 of the way up, we crossed an old slide track mentioned in the WMG. Then, the trail switched back up the steep mountainside, eventually making a very steep climb to the 4,422 summit.

We visited the true summit (a rock outcrop a few yards off the trail, marked by a small cairn), then went to the view ledge, which was incredible. Carter Notch and its hut, the rest of the Carter Range, the Wild River Valley, and the town of Gorham were visible. We took a quick snack break and then made the steep climb to the hut for lunch, then went back to the 19MB trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3050 ft / 929 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3050 ft / 929 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2950 ft / 899 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:19-Mile Brook Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:NH 16  1472 ft / 448 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3050 ft / 929 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2950 ft / 899 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route:Wildcat Ridge Trail, 19-Mile Brook Trail
    End Trailhead:NH 16  1472 ft / 448 m

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