Wildcat Ridge

Wildcat Ridge Summits E-A
48 4K’ers=Wildcat A – 4422′, Wildcat D – 4050′

GPS Odometer=8.45 miles
Time=4hrs 45min (about 20 mins at Hut,+ 20 mins of bouldering included)

The climb up Widcat E is a Killer.  This is the only trail in the Whites that I have over exerted myself so badly on, that I actually had to turn around after vomiting a few times.  On that trip I felt better by the time I had got back to the notch, and re-started the same hike from the opposite direction (A-E). Well, that was back in May 1998 and this is now.  Still having that defeat eating at me, nearly 10 years later I was ready to tackle it again.
Heres looking back at the car after about a 1/4 mile up E

We could not resist jumping the “bottomless” 10′ gap between these cliffs Shocked.

The climb up the E Summit requires hands and Feet in Many Places.  Once you get to the summit of Wildcat E, its prettymuch just one foot in front of the other hiking.
Wildcat E Summit Area:

After the E Summit you come to the D Summit which is the the Top of the Ski Area.  I hate comming out of the Woods and being greeted by people who just stepped off a Gondola.  All the Steel structures are not my favorite either, but none the less the view from the observation platforum was great.  I took the oppurtunity to snap a pic of a cloudshielded TUX:

and Another Great BC Ski spot, Mount Doublehead:

The next 2 miles of the Hike is up and down C B and A  This pic was either C, or B Summit, (I think it was B):

Wildcat A has a great view from the Summit,  This pic is looking straight down at the Carter Notch Hut.

We stopped at the Hut for some cherry cobbler, and H2O and then we beat feet down the the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, which I dont get the name, because from where the brook starts, its only about 3 1/2 miles to the Peabody River .  This trail is very gradual and pretty, but the trailhead was about 4 1/2 miles back to our car.  Thanks to a couple in a pick-up truck we didn’t have to hoof it.

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