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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 old gondola line
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?

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Hike Commenced: 3:59 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,960'
Destination: Wildcat D
Ascent Commenced: 4:01 PM
Summit Reached: 5:01 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:00
Trailhead Elevation: 1,950'
Summit Elevation: 4,062'
Vertical Gain: 2,012'
Hike Ended: 5:57 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:58
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,122'

Looking up at the old gondola terminal and lift line
Looking up at the old gondola terminal and lift line

The old Wildcat Gondola summit terminal in a snow storm - Click to enlarge
The old Wildcat Gondola summit terminal in a snow storm

Topographic map of Wildcat D - Click to enlarge

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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