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Mt. Lethe, Middle Carter Mountain, South Carter Mountain, Carter Dome, Wildcat A, Wildcat B, Wildcat C, Wildcat D
Green's Grant, NH, Bean's Purchase, NH, Pinkhams Grant, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to Mt. Lethe
Looking up the Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to Mt. Lethe

Route: Route 16, Camp Dodge road, unknown trail, Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, bushwhack, (Mt. Lethe), bushwhack, Carter-Moriah Trail, (Middle Carter Mountain), Carter-Moriah Trail, (South Carter Mountain), Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, (Carter Dome), Carter-Moriah Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, (Wildcat A), Wildcat Ridge Trail, (Wildcat B), Wildcat Ridge Trail, (Wildcat C), Wildcat Ridge Trail, (Wildcat D), Wildcat Ridge Trail, Polecat, Tomcat Schuss, Lower Polecat

With a decent forecast (but not superb enough to warrant a Presi trip), we opted to head over to the Carters and Wildcats. After spotting a vehicle at the ski area, we parked at Nineteen Mile Brook and walked to Camp Dodge. Beyond the camp buildings, we headed up the logging road to the Imp Trail, taking a right and heading up the icy path. Upon reaching the North Carter Trail, I put on my snowshoes for the balance of the hike. Once on the ridge, we hopped onto a herd path (to our left), then did a short bushwhack to the small knob known as Mt. Lethe. Once there, we had passing views of Maine and the Presidentials (in between gusts of cloud blowing through).

The next stop was Middle Carter, once again with brief views. Beyond there, the trail was a bit drifted as we worked our way to South Carter - no views from the view ledge, due to the fog.

After climbing out of Zeta Pass, I had a bit of a hunger bonk. Nonetheless, we made it up to the summit, where we once again had no views due to the fog.

The descent was a bit of a challenge, due to a hardpacked, slippery, steep trail - I was just on the outer limits of my snowshoe traction. After a food break next to the frozen lake, we headed up the steep climb to Wildcat A. By this point, the fog had moved out, resulting in excellent views.

The major climbs behind us, we moved across the ridge, having excellent views at multiple outlooks, eventually reaching the ski area and descending on the trails.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Mt. Lethe
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Middle Carter Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Moderate (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: South Carter Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Carter Dome
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Wildcat A
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Wildcat B
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Wildcat C
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Wildcat D
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, February 13, 2010
Hike Commenced: 7:32 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,485'
Destination: Mt. Lethe
Ascent Commenced: 7:43 AM
Summit Reached: 10:02 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:19
Trailhead Elevation: 1,490'
Summit Elevation: 4,584'
Vertical Gain: 3,164'
Destination: Middle Carter Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 10:03 AM
Summit Reached: 10:19 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:16
Trailhead Elevation: 4,584'
Summit Elevation: 4,610'
Vertical Gain: 150'
Destination: South Carter Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 10:20 AM
Summit Reached: 11:00 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:40
Trailhead Elevation: 4,610'
Summit Elevation: 4,430'
Vertical Gain: 415'
Destination: Carter Dome
Ascent Commenced: 11:01 AM
Summit Reached: 11:56 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:55
Trailhead Elevation: 4,675'
Summit Elevation: 4,832'
Vertical Gain: 1,347'
Destination: Wildcat A
Ascent Commenced: 11:56 AM
Summit Reached: 1:35 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:39
Trailhead Elevation: 4,832'
Summit Elevation: 4,422'
Vertical Gain: 1,204'
Destination: Wildcat B
Ascent Commenced: 1:39 PM
Summit Reached: 1:49 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:10
Trailhead Elevation: 4,422'
Summit Elevation: 4,305'
Vertical Gain: 65'
Destination: Wildcat C
Ascent Commenced: 1:49 PM
Summit Reached: 2:04 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:15
Trailhead Elevation: 4,305'
Summit Elevation: 4,285'
Vertical Gain: 182'
Destination: Wildcat D
Ascent Commenced: 2:08 PM
Summit Reached: 2:40 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:32
Trailhead Elevation: 4,285'
Summit Elevation: 4,062'
Vertical Gain: 362'
Hike Ended: 3:23 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 07:51
Hike Vertical Gain: 6,984'


The beginning of the logging road at Camp Dodge
The beginning of the logging road at Camp Dodge

Looking at the Presidentials from Mt. Lethe - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Presidentials from Mt. Lethe

The Carter-Moriah Trail between Mt. Lethe and Middle Carter
The Carter-Moriah Trail between Mt. Lethe and Middle Carter

Looking into Maine from Middle Carter - Click to enlarge
Looking into Maine from Middle Carter

The Carter-Moriah Trail between South and Middle Carter
The Carter-Moriah Trail between South and Middle Carter

Looking at fog from South Carter - Click to enlarge
Looking at fog from South Carter

The Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to Carter Dome
The Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to Carter Dome

Looking at fog from Carter Dome - Click to enlarge
Looking at fog from Carter Dome

The Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to Wildcat A
The Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to Wildcat A

Looking at the Baldfaces and Kearsarge North from the Wildcat A view ledge - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Baldfaces and Kearsarge North from the Wildcat A view ledge

The Wildcat Ridge Trail between Wildcat A and Wildcat B
The Wildcat Ridge Trail between Wildcat A and Wildcat B

Looking at Mt. Washington from near the summit of Wildcat B - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from near the summit of Wildcat B

The Wildcat Ridge Trail between Wildcat B and Wildcat C
The Wildcat Ridge Trail between Wildcat B and Wildcat C

Looking at Mt. Washington from near the summit of Wildcat C - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from near the summit of Wildcat C

The Wildcat Ridge Trail between Wildcat C and Wildcat D
The Wildcat Ridge Trail between Wildcat C and Wildcat D

Looking south from near the summit of Wildcat D - Click to enlarge
Looking south from near the summit of Wildcat D

Topographic map of Mt. Lethe, Middle Carter Mountain, South Carter Mountain, Carter Dome, Wildcat A, Wildcat B, Wildcat C, Wildcat D - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North past the Mt. Washington Auto Road entrance. Shortly thereafter, the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail WMNF fee parking area is on the right side of the road. A clockwise loop hike can be had by walking north on Route 16 to and then up Camp Dodge Road, bearing left at a junction, then walking straight up the road to a logging road (a workshop of some sort will be on the right next to the beginning of the logging road). The logging road leads to the Imp Trail.

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