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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 one of the ski trails on the way to Wildcat D
Looking down one of the ski trails on the way to Wildcat D

Route: Ski trails, 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, bushwhack, ski trails

With an awesome bluebird day, we headed to Wildcat. Though the ski area was closed for the season, some ski trails still had top to bottom coverage. With cool overnight temperatures, we were able to boot up without sinking into the snow. After a few leisurely breaks, we donned snowshoes and headed across the ridge on a snow monorail. Depths ranged from probably two to six feet, though there was noticably less snow than a few weeks earlier.

After an extended break at the Wildcat A ledge, we headed back across to Wildcat C, then bushwhacked out to the superb ledges, where we had excellent views of the back of Wildcat D and the Presidentials.

Back on the Wildcat Ridge Trail, we dropped into the col, then climbed up a bit, then did a very short bushwhack back to the ski trails, cutting off the climb back to the summit of D peak.


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: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Wildcat B
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Wildcat A
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, May 1, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,960'
Destination: Wildcat D
Time Elapsed: 02:00
Trailhead Elevation: 1,950'
Summit Elevation: 4,062'
Vertical Gain: 2,112'
Destination: Wildcat C
Time Elapsed: 01:04
Trailhead Elevation: 4,070'
Summit Elevation: 4,285'
Vertical Gain: 585'
Destination: Wildcat B
Time Elapsed: 00:32
Trailhead Elevation: 4,285'
Summit Elevation: 4,305'
Vertical Gain: 195'
Destination: Wildcat A
Time Elapsed: 00:17
Trailhead Elevation: 4,305'
Summit Elevation: 4,422'
Vertical Gain: 182'
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,559'


The bottom of the ski area
The bottom of the ski area

Mt. Washington as seen from Wildcat D - Click to enlarge
Mt. Washington as seen from Wildcat D

Wildcat Ridge Trail to Wildcat C
Wildcat Ridge Trail to Wildcat C

Mt. Washington as seen from the ledges near the summit of Wildcat C - Click to enlarge
Mt. Washington as seen from the ledges near the summit of Wildcat C

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

Mt. Washington as seen from Wildcat B - Click to enlarge
Mt. Washington as seen from Wildcat B

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

The Carters as seen from the Wildcat A vista - Click to enlarge
The Carters as seen from the Wildcat A vista

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


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from Jackson to the Wildcat Ski Area entrance. The Polecat ski trail is located next to the summit quad/gondola base terminal.

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