Wildcat "A" Peak and Carter Notch from Carter -Moriah Trail
Wildcat Mountain AKA Wildcat "A" Peak is the northernmost peak on the Wildcat Ridge and it's five peaks A through E, with D Peak being the other "official" 4,000 foot peak. Wildcat summit is located on the Wildcat Ridge Trail (AT) and is a wooded summit that has an outlook nearby the looms high above Carter Notch with views across to Carter Dome and the Carter mountain range. The quickest way to get to Wildcat A Peak is from the Nineteen-Mile Brook Trail to Wildcat Ridge Trail.
Trails I've Hiked:
-Wildcat Ridge Trail: From Pinkham Notch Visitor Center 5.2 miles, 3,250 feet via Lost Pond Trail. From Nineteen-Mile Brook Trailhead 4.2 miles, 3,000 feet. The hike to A Peak from Nineteen-mile Brook Trail has easy to moderate grades with good footing until you reach the Wildcat Ridge trail where the terrain becomes very steep with a rough and rugged trail for the last .7 miles and elevation gain of 1,050 feet. The hike to Wildcat A Peak along the Wildcat Ridge over all peaks is very steep from the trailhead to Wildcat E Peak with some pretty open ledge scrambles that can be difficult to novice hikers and dangerous when wet. The hike along the ridge is very rough with many ups and downs along the way that can be tiring. However the views from the open ledges of Mount Washington and Pinkham Notch are spectacular!
March 16th, 2015: Up Polecat Ski Trail, across and down Wildcat Ridge Trail, down Nineteen-Mile Brook Trail
January 17th, 2015: Up Nineteen-Mile Brook Trail, across and down Carter-Moriah Trail, up and across Wildcat Ridge Trail, down polecat ski trail, road walk on Route 16
December 22nd, 2014: Up Polecat Ski Trail, across and down Wildcat Ridge Trail, up and across Carter-Moriah Trail, down Imp Trail, Camp Dodge Cutoff, and Route 16
June 22nd, 2013: Wildcat/Carter Traverse
May 5th, 2012: Wildcat/Carter Traverse
July 30th, 2011: MMD - More and More Difficult: "Pinkham Notch Loop" Dolly Copp Road, Route 16, Up North Branch of Imp Trail, across Carter-Moriah and Wildcat Ridge, down Polecat Ski Trail, up-over-down Lila's Ledge to Old Jackson Road, Up Tuckerman Ravine and Lion Head to Washington, across Clay, Jefferson, Adams, and Madison via Gulfside, Clay Loop, Jefferson Loop, Isreal Ridge/Lowe's Path, and Osgood Trail, down Daniel Webster-Scout Trail, road walk back to Barnes Field
May 29th, 2011: Moriah/Carter/Wildcat Traverse
September 5th, 2010: Wildcat/Carter Traverse
February 13th, 2010: Up Nineteen-Mile Brook, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail (South & Middle Carter), on to Carter Dome, down to Carter Notch, up and across Wildcat Ridge Trail, down Polecat Ski Trail
August 16th, 2008: Lost Pond Trail, up-across-down Wildcat Ridge Trail, Up Carter-Moriah Trail, down Carter Dome and Nineteen-Mile Brook Trail
November 22nd, 2009: Up Nineteen-Mile Brook, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, up and across Wildcat Ridge Trail, down Polecat Ski Trail