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Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, Wildcat D
Pinkham's Grant, NH, Bean's Grant, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down Polecat on the way to Wildcat C
Looking down Polecat on the way to Wildcat C

Route: Stray Cat, Middle Polecat, Upper Polecat, bushwhack, Wildcat Ridge Trail, (Wildcat C), Wildcat Ridge Trail, (Wildcat B), Wildcat Ridge Trail, (Wildcat A), Wildcat Ridge Trail, (Wildcat B), Wildcat Ridge Trail, (Wildcat C), Wildcat Ridge Trail, (Wildcat D), Wildcat Ridge Trail, Upper Polecat, Middle Polecat, Stray Cat

With another so so day weatherwise, we headed to Wildcat. Starting from the C lot, we headed up a series of novice ski trails, then ducked into the woods near the top turn of the Polecat ski trail. Dropping onto the Wildcat Ridge Trail shortly thereafter, we continued down into the col, then up to Wildcat C, from where there were no views due to the light snow flurries.

Wildcat B was also socked in, however Wildcat A had slight views direction down into the notch.

Since we had skipped Wildcat D on the way in, we hit it on the way out, fortunately getting moderate views from the recently rebuilt observation deck.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Wildcat C
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Wildcat B
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Wildcat A
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Wildcat D
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Moderate (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, January 30, 2011
Hike Commenced: 8:17 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,950'
Destination: Wildcat C
Ascent Commenced: 8:17 PM
Summit Reached: 10:29 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:12
Trailhead Elevation: 1,950'
Summit Elevation: 4,285'
Vertical Gain: 2,515'
Destination: Wildcat B
Ascent Commenced: 4:17 PM
Summit Reached: 4:42 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:25
Trailhead Elevation: 4,285'
Summit Elevation: 4,305'
Vertical Gain: 195'
Destination: Wildcat A
Ascent Commenced: 4:43 PM
Summit Reached: 4:58 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:15
Trailhead Elevation: 4,305'
Summit Elevation: 4,422'
Vertical Gain: 182'
Destination: Wildcat D
Ascent Commenced: 12:36 PM
Summit Reached: 1:42 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:06
Trailhead Elevation: 4,422'
Summit Elevation: 4,062'
Vertical Gain: 609'
Hike Ended: 7:19 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:31
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,501'


The end (beginning) of Stray Cat next to the Tomcat Triple Chairlift
The end (beginning) of Stray Cat next to the Tomcat Triple Chairlift

Cloud as seen from Wildcat C - Click to enlarge
Cloud as seen from Wildcat C

Wildcat Ridge Trail to Wildcat B
Wildcat Ridge Trail to Wildcat B

Cloud as seen from Wildcat B - Click to enlarge
Cloud as seen from Wildcat B

Wildcat Ridge Trail to Wildcat A
Wildcat Ridge Trail to Wildcat A

Cloud as seen from Wildcat A - Click to enlarge
Cloud as seen from Wildcat A

Wildcat Ridge Trail to Wildcat D
Wildcat Ridge Trail to Wildcat D

Obscured views toward the Presidentials from the Wildcat D observation deck - Click to enlarge
Obscured views toward the Presidentials from the Wildcat D observation deck

Topographic map of Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, Wildcat D - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from Jackson past the Wildcat Ski Area main entrance. The C Lot access road is the next right, with trailside parking at the end of the road.

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