|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Wildcat A, Wildcat B, Wildcat C, Wildcat D, NH|
||Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, April 30, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||No issues. Used Wildcat Ski lot and 19MB |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Slush |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All the crossings on 19MB are bridged so no issues. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Blowdown or two on the ridge between C and D. |
||My misfit plus two well-behaved others. |
|Lost and Found:
||I will only address from 19MB trail head to Wildcat A since WanderingSoules’ report covers the rest. :-). (We were the two women in crampons!)|
19MB was bare-bootable for about 2.5 miles. We used beater spikes from there until the WRT junction due to increasing ice and snow. We put full crampons on at the WRT junction and wore them all the way to D peak and we were glad we had them! There is a lot of ice, thick ice flows, and snow-coated ice on that 0.7 mile section from the junction of 19MB and WRT up to A peak - especially on the sketchy spots like the side-slopes and scrambles. Snowshoes were not necessary because any snow was packed and we never post-holed.
Yes, you could probably do it in sharp spikes but I prefer not to mess around or to have to think about or work too hard for traction.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.