Description: Wildcat Mountain is a mountain located in Coos County, New Hampshire. The mountain is part of the Carter-Moriah Range of the White Mountains, on the east side of Pinkham Notch. Wildcat Mountain faces Carter Dome across Carter Notch to the northeast, and Mount Washington across Pinkham Notch to the west.
Wildcat Mountain has five summits—A, B, C, D, and E—along Wildcat Ridge, which curves two miles to the south and west. Both A (4,422 ft) and D (4,062 ft) are considered "four-thousand footers". B (4,305 ft) and C (4,285 ft) lack the topographic prominence to be considered more than subpeaks of Wildcat A.
The Appalachian Trail, which extends over 2,150 miles (3,450 km) from Georgia to Maine, climbs up from the Appalachian Mountain Club's Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch and traverses the summits of the Wildcat Ridge, continuing on to Carter Dome.
The Wildcat Mountain Ski Area is one of the best-known alpine skiing resorts in New England, with lifts from the base on NH Rt. 16 in Pinkham Notch 2,112 ft up to the D summit. The area has 47 trails on 225 acres, including Polecat Trail—the longest ski trail in New Hampshire. Also, the Wildcat Valley Trail, an ungroomed cross-country ski trail, leads from the summit down to Jackson, New Hampshire, dropping 3,240 ft in 11.1 miles (988 m in 17.8 km).