Past Meetup

Wildcats (A+D) and Carter Dome (ADVANCED)

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The plan is to climb three of the NH 4,000 Footers - Wildcat D (#37 on NH4K @ 4,070') and Wildcat A (#20 on NH4K @ 4,422') and Carter Dome (#9 on NH4K @ 4,832'). Wildcat A is located in the Carter-Moriah Range and offers dramatic, close-up views of Mount Washington ( and the Presidential Range. Wildcat D is home to the Wildcat Ski Area and is considered an independent 4,000-footer.

We will start at the 19 Mile Brook Trailhead to Carter Dome. We will then head over the Wildcats bagging A and D before heading down Polecat. **There is a mountain access pass that cost $10 to use polecat. Please bring $10 cash so we can pay for the tickets and access this trail**

For those interested in staying somewhere for the night, sign up to stay at the Joe Dodge Lodge (

We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.


Trip Summary

On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) round trip we will hike about 12 miles and climb about 5,028 feet. It should take an average hiker about 8 hours 15 minutes to complete this trip. Bring your sleds! We will sled as much as possible! We will NOT be able to sled down Polecat, though. Please post if you need to borrow a sled or have extras!

This event is considered to be ADVANCED because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain. We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions and there is no guarantee that we will complete the entire event as described here (i.e. we might not reach the summit).

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Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two ahead of time. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.

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We will be meeting at Nineteen Mile Brook Trailhead on the east side of Route 16 north of the Pinkham Notch Visitors Center. According to Google Maps this spot is about 158 miles from Boston and it should take about 3 hours 14 minutes to drive there. This is our ending spot - we will leave a couple of cars here and then drive south to where we will start our trip.

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While carpooling is encouraged you are responsible for coordinating your own rides. Use the comments section below to communicate with others who may also be looking to share a ride. If you do share a ride be sure to share the expenses

As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear and agree to know and follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described (