NE 4,000 Footers
NE 100 Highest
NH 4,000 Footers
NH 100 Highest
NH 52 With A View
NH Belknap Range
NH Ossipee 10
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.
Getting To Trailhead:
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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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