The trip up Wildcat E from Rt 16 is very steep, with pinned steps on bare rock. It can be difficult in wet weather. The Wildcat Ski Area is located on the west side of the mountain, the lifts topping out between D and E.
From the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center there are two options to climb Wildcat E. The Wildcat Ridge trail starts at the parking area for Glen Ellis Falls, about 1 miles south. The trail crosses the Ellis river just past the trailhead, a difficult and sometimes dangerous crossing. Many people start at Pinkham and take the Lost Pond trail to the Wildcat Ridge trail, a distance of about a mile. From the north, the Nineteen-Mile Brook trail climbs into Carter Notch where it meets the Wildcat Ridge trail for the climb up to Wildcat A.
- Pinkham Notch Visitors Center - Take Rt 16 north from North Conway, located about 10 miles north of Jackson. Parking in the main lot does not require a WMNF parking pass, parking in the overflow lots does. There are bathrooms, coin operated showers, food, some gear, and pay phones. Lodging is available with reservations.
- Nineteen-Mile Brook - One mile north of the Mount Washington Auto Road, this small lot often fills up. A WMNF Parking Pass is required.
- Glen Ellis Falls - One half mile south of Pinkham Notch, there is a parking area on the west side of Rt 16. The trail goes under the highway before fording the Ellis River.