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bikehikeskifish
01-30-2012, 09:41 PM
After Isolation yesterday, I was not not sure what to do today. I got up when the kids did, and thought probably Cabot. Then there was a 15-minute delay on I293 in Manchester, and another 45-minute delay by the Hooksett tolls after the merge. And if that wasn't enough, a logging truck rolled on route 2 / 115 right in the intersection (where one can often find a moose.) Passing Appalachia, it was snowing and the sides of the road were slick. I'm thinking that the hatchery is probably not plowed well and I don't want to get stuck. So I turned right on route 16, heading for Pinkham Notch. I was torn between out-and-back Wildcats and Carters via 19MBT and out the Imp by Joe Dodge. Right near the junction with Carter Dome Trail, the skies showed blue overhead and I decided to head to the Carters. Turns out it was the right decision. Trails are in superb shape, probably bare-bootable, although I wore my MSR Denalis for the entire trip. Once off the Carter Notch Hut Highway, I saw only 1 person on the trails. 12.4 miles, 4650 feet, 6 hours flat.

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Switchback (one of many) on the Carter Dome Trail

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Hight, South, Middle, Moriah, Mahoosucs, Old Spec, and waaaay off, Saddleback

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Presidential Range in the clouds

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Baldfaces, to the east, not in the clouds

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J, A and M Momentarily in the clear (from Hight)

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But only momentarily

Although it was cold (10-15) and windy, the exposure time was short and the views were long and despite the temps, all my frustrations with the drive melted away as soon as I got to Carter Dome.

All Photos (https://picasaweb.google.com/102470229665583617112/Carters20120130#)