Wildcat Ridge traverse

Bjorn Poonen (B), Jason Jong (C)
Yunting Fang
Winter (outside IAP)
Trip level
Trip date
Sunday, March 20th, 2022
Difficulty rating
Physical condition for a hike of this length, and winter hiking experience.

We’ll hike the Wildcat Ridge, including Wildcat peaks A, B, C, D (and optionally E), all above 4000’. Wildcat D has a great view of Mt. Washington, just 4 miles away, directly across Pinkham Notch!

Hike: 8.9 miles, 3650 ft. elevation gain: up Nineteen-Mile Brook Trail (scenic brookside trail), along Wildcat Ridge Trail, then down Polecat ski trail (with nearly constant views of Mt. Washington). Wildcat Ridge Trail has some steep sections that are likely icy, so we’ll be bringing crampons in addition to microspikes. Feel free to rent an ice axe for extra stability, but this is not required. https://caltopo.com/m/7BVDF

Our required pre-trip meeting will be Thursday at 7pm at the MIT Student Center, and you’ll be able to rent gear there.

We’ll leave Cambridge early Sunday morning and stop for a quick breakfast along the way.


first-come, first-serve
Maximum participants
Signups opened at
March 15, 2022, 7:18 p.m.
Signups closed at
March 17, 2022, 10 a.m.
  1. Have you used crampons before? (if not, we can teach you)
  2. What is the longest hike you have done, in any season, during the past year?
  3. What winter hiking experience do you have?
  4. What kind of exercise do you do regularly?
Signups for this trip are closed.