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NH 100 Highest
NH 52 With A View
NH Belknap Range
NH Ossipee 10
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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the old gondola line
Route: Old gondola lift line, Wildcat Ridge Trail, (Wildcat D), unknown trail, Upper Polecat, Upper Lynx, Middle Lynx, Midway, Catenary, Lower Polecat
In the midst of some poor weather, I decided to head up to Wildcat for a quick exercise hike.
Arriving at the parking lot, I realized I was in the midst of a light snowstorm with moderate winds. Since it looked recently mowed, I decided to head straight up the old gondola line.
As I climbed, the winds and snow picked up. I also had to proceed with more caution, as there was an inch or so of snow and a decent amount of ice. By the time I reached the top of the ski area, it was a full fledged snowstorm. After reaching the summit, I took an alterative trail back down to the top of the ski area.
For the descent, I took the Lynx trail to the Caternary trail. The high altitude areas were rather windy - windy enough that I had to use my face mask for the first time this season. Is it really October?
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Looking up at the old gondola terminal and lift line
The old Wildcat Gondola summit terminal in a snow storm
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from Jackson to the Wildcat Ski Area entrance. The old gondola terminal is located between the current gondola terminal and the upper lodge.
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