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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 up the Wildcat Ridge Trail near Wildcat D

Route: Stray Cat, Middle Polecat, Upper Polecat, Wildcat Ridge Trail, (Wildcat D), Wildcat Ridge Trail, Upper Polecat, Middle Polecat, Stray Cat

With not too much time, I decided to head up to Pinkham Notch and hike up Wildcat. I had considered this to be a fallback-bigger-hike for some time, and that time was now.

I was surprised to see a decent amount of vehicles in the parking lot considering it was midweek after bad weather. Nonetheless, the skiing looked great.

The trails were groomed, making for easy snowshoeing. Above the top of the quad, no one had been up the Wildcat Ridge Trail in some time. The ice in the trees up high was very scenic with the sun.

The views from the top were strong, as the snowpack elevated my line of sight above the shorter trees. In addition, the viewpoint to the south and east along the Wildcat Ridge Trail was also very strong.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Wildcat D
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, March 6, 2008
Hike Commenced: 12:43 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,960'
Destination: Wildcat D
Ascent Commenced: 12:50 PM
Summit Reached: 2:12 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:22
Trailhead Elevation: 1,950'
Summit Elevation: 4,062'
Vertical Gain: 2,012'
Hike Ended: 3:19 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:36
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,122'

The end (beginning) of Stray Cat next to the triple chairlift

Looking west at Mt. Washington from Wildcat D

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from Jackson to the Wildcat Ski Area entrance. The Stray Cat ski trail is located just beyond the summit quad/gondola bottom terminal.

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