Wildcat “A” and “D”

Hiked the Wildcats on 11/25/2014. These were peaks 531 and 532 for “The Grid over 60”. I actually hiked 4 of the Wildcat peaks but only A and D count as 4000 foot peaks, B, C and E don’t meet the elevation gain requirement from the nearest official 4000 foot peak. I hiked up the Polecat ski trail to the summit of D. The only snow on the trail was manmade and there were a few muddy spots on the lower parts. The ski area was not officially open. It was forecast to be windy but that didn’t happen so it was pretty comfortable hiking with temperatures above freezing and low winds. There were good views from the platform at the summit of D.

Tuckermans, Raymond Cataract and Huntington from Wildcat D
Gulf of Slides, Tuckerman Ravine, Raymond Cataract and Huntington Ravine from Wildcat D
Summit of Washington from Wildcat D
Summit of Washington from Wildcat D

The hike down from D was quite steep and icy in spots and was slow going. The rest of the hike over to A was pretty normal with a few icy spots but nothing to be concerned about.

Looking east from near the summit of Wildcat C
Looking east from near the summit of Wildcat C

The arrival at the summit of Wildcat A is always sort of surprising as it doesn’t seem like you have gone up enough to be there.

Summit of Carter Dome and Carter Notch from Wildcat A
Summit of Carter Dome and Carter Notch from Wildcat A
Carter Notch and Carter Notch Hut from Wildcat A
Carter Notch and Carter Notch Hut from Wildcat A

The walk to Wildcat D was the same as the walk over to A, just in reverse.

Adams and Madison from near the top of the Pole Cat  trail
Adams and Madison from near the top of the Polecat trail

Only 44 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

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