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Wildcat D, Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A
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 down the Straycat ski trail
Looking down the Straycat ski trail

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

On what ended up being a 'bank error in your favor' forecast, I headed to the Wildcats. With bright, warm conditions, I snowshoed up the ski trails to the observation deck on Wildcat D, from where there were excellent views of Mt. Washington. From there, I continued down the Wildcat Ridge Trail, keeping my eye on some ledges on Wildcat C. After reaching Wildcat C, I backtracked a bit down the trail, the bushwhacked over to the ledges, from where I found perhaps the best Presidential view from the ridge.

From there, I returned to the trail and continued over Wildcat B to Wildcat A, from where there were excellent views again, though clouds were starting to build back in.

On the way back, we stopped at the Wildcat C ledges again for an extended break, then returned to Wildcat D and down the ski trails. A nice spring day in the Whites.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, April 10, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,950'
Destination: Wildcat D
Time Elapsed: 01:11
Trailhead Elevation: 1,950'
Summit Elevation: 4,062'
Vertical Gain: 2,112'
Destination: Wildcat C
Time Elapsed: 00:37
Trailhead Elevation: 4,070'
Summit Elevation: 4,285'
Vertical Gain: 585'
Destination: Wildcat B
Time Elapsed: 00:16
Trailhead Elevation: 4,285'
Summit Elevation: 4,305'
Vertical Gain: 195'
Destination: Wildcat A
Time Elapsed: 00:13
Trailhead Elevation: 4,305'
Summit Elevation: 4,422'
Vertical Gain: 182'
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,699'


The bottom of the access trail to the Straycat ski trail at Wildcat lot C
The bottom of the access trail to the Straycat ski trail at Wildcat lot C

Looking at Mt. Washington from Wildcat D - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from Wildcat D

Walking on the treetops on the Wildcat Ridge Trail to Wildcat C
Walking on the treetops on the Wildcat Ridge Trail to Wildcat C

Looking Mt. Washington from a view ledge near the summit of Wildcat C - Click to enlarge
Looking Mt. Washington from a view ledge near the summit of Wildcat C

Wildcat Ridge Trail to Wildcat B
Wildcat Ridge Trail to Wildcat B

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

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

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

Topographic map of Wildcat D, Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from Jackson past the Wildcat Ski Area main entrance. The C Lot access road is the next right, with trailside parking at the end of the road.

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