Elevation

4,062 ft / 1,238 m

Prominence

287 ft / 87 m

Summits

163 summits

Top climbing months

July   18%

August   14%

September  13%

Most climbed route

Wildcat Ridge Trail

Highlights

  • Wildcat Mountain's D Peak is a 4000-footer northern New Hampshire.
  • The Wildcat Mountain Ski Area has lifts up to the D summit.
  • Part of the Carter-Moriah Range of the White Mountains on the east side of Pinkham Notch.
  • Faces Carter Dome across Carter Notch to the northeast and Mount Washington across Pinkham Notch to the west.
  • Has five summits: A, B, C, D, and E Ñ along Wildcat Ridge, which curves 2 miles to the south and west. Only A and D are included in the official list of 4000 footers due to the 200 ft prominence criterion.
"Epic and sort of disappointing hike... we had decided to head up the ridge trail instead of the ski trails which took more time due to careful footing...but it was well worth it for views and sense of accomplishment. We had wanted to do all of wildcat AND carter dome AND the carters...but on the descent from wildcat A to the col between carter dome we all had some sketchy falls....I wanted to keep going but my two hiking buds said it was a no go...they didn't have the strength or mental state to continue. So just the 5 Wildcats for the day. Actually using my ice axe and crampons was pretty" - shay-shay, Apr 21, 2018
"Grid day. Went up Polecat ski trail to Wildcat D first. Took 2 hours, 10 min to get up. Took lots of pauses. First hike with snowshoes so had to adjust to the extra weight. Great views from the summit." - newenglandwarrior, Dec 15, 2017
"With no hiking partner for the day I chose Wildcat since I would be safely surrounded by skiers on a solo climb. I hiked around the river at the bottom and came up the side of a cliff to the Polecat trail. Once on the ski trail, I tended to take the closed paths in order to stay out of the way of the skiers. I crossed all of the peaks to A and then on my way back also grabbed E and then returned via the ski trail. With cloudless skies and 40 degrees at the summit, it couldn't have been a more perfect day to hike the Cats!" - shay-shay, Mar 6, 2017
"NoBo AT Thru Hike 2016. On Friday, I slack packed Kim for a 19 mile section. She took the gondola up to Wildcat D since she had already hiked the 3 miles on the wildcat ridge from Pinkham Notch. She hiked from D peak all the way to US2, over the wildcats, carters, and moriah. Long day but rewarding to slack pack a big section of the Whites . " - Kim-Stilson, Sep 2, 2016
"Wildcat Ridge Trail from Pinkham Notch is the toughest trail I've been on so far in the White Mountains. It was a great day (a little hot & humid) for a hike - but this trail took a lot out of us in 2.1 miles! " - PJSelmer, Jul 25, 2016

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