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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.
Catnap on the way to Wildcat C
Catnap on the way to Wildcat C

Route: Stray Cat, Cat Nap, 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, ski trails

Ascended the ski area via the access road (Lower Polecat to Catnap to Middle Polecat to Tomcat to Upper Polecat), which was mostly dry and had lots of wildflowers in bloom. Took the short bushwhack from the top turn of Polecat to cut into the Wildcat Ridge Trail (and thus only climb D once).

Wildcat Ridge Trail had plenty of mud and slippery ledge. Some dry stretches, but plenty of muck. Snow still visible in Tucks, as well as Gulf of Slides and east side of Jefferson.

Hot afternoon/evening, but breeze made things bearable.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Wildcat C
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Wildcat B
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Wildcat A
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Wildcat D
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, July 1, 2019
Parking Elevation: 1,960'
Destination: Wildcat C
Time Elapsed: 01:13
Trailhead Elevation: 1,950'
Summit Elevation: 4,285'
Vertical Gain: 2,515'
Destination: Wildcat B
Time Elapsed: 00:12
Trailhead Elevation: 4,285'
Summit Elevation: 4,305'
Vertical Gain: 195'
Destination: Wildcat A
Time Elapsed: 00:08
Trailhead Elevation: 4,305'
Summit Elevation: 4,422'
Vertical Gain: 182'
Destination: Wildcat D
Time Elapsed: 00:52
Trailhead Elevation: 4,422'
Summit Elevation: 4,062'
Vertical Gain: 609'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:10
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,511'


Mt. Adams as seen from near the summit of Wildcat C - Click to enlarge
Mt. Adams as seen from near the summit of Wildcat C

The heavily eroded Wildcat Ridge Trail near Wildcat B
The heavily eroded Wildcat Ridge Trail near Wildcat B

Wildcat A as seen from near the summit of Wildcat B - Click to enlarge
Wildcat A as seen from near the summit of Wildcat B

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

Carter Dome from Wildcat A - Click to enlarge
Carter Dome from Wildcat A

The heavily eroded Wildcat Ridge Trail to Wildcat D
The heavily eroded Wildcat Ridge Trail to Wildcat D

Mt. Washington as seen from Wildcat D - Click to enlarge
Mt. Washington as seen from Wildcat D

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from Jackson to Wildcat Ski Area.

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