Discover Southern New Hampshire
by Jerry & Marcy Monkman (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
© Jerry & Marcy Monkman/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.
Thanksgiving day hike with the whole family before our feast! Great morning hike nice for the more experienced and the inexperienced alike in the group!
First trip with the New England over Forty Hiking Group. Julie was the trail organizer. We had about 8 people show up for this hike at the AMC lodge. I didn't have the right gear, for this one and was very sweaty. Fortunately it was a relatively warm day. Great company spectacular views. Took the easier Holt-Clark trail. Fairly moderate hike with some steep rocky section about the last quarter of the ascent. Beautiful wide open rock face gives excellent 360 degree view. Firetower on top.
I hiked this loop that summits both Firescrew and Cardigan with two friends last weekend, and it was one of the most enjoyable hikes I've done this winter. The trail is a lot of fun, and not too steep for the most part, and the ridge that connects Firescrew to Cardigan was a blast. You get a sense of total exposure while crossing the ridge, yet without it feeling dangerous. We lost the blazes along the manning trail once or twice because of the snow, but easily backtracked. From the ridge to Cardigan we had to do a bit of bushwhacking to reach the summit because there were no more tracks in the snow for us to follow, but it was a lot of fun (even though I often suck waist deep in snow - didn't wear snow shoes - big mistake). Overall, Mount Cardigan's summit provided one of the best views I've seen of New Hampshire so far - rivaled only a few days later by the summit of Mount. Chocorua. Definitely do this hike, you won't regret it!
Great hike but go up the West Ridge Trail instead! Google the trail maps and you'll be glad you did!
Beautiful late summer day on the weekend found lot's of other hikers on the mountain. Trail was easier than the guide suggested partly because conditions have been really dry for the last few weeks in NH. We did the route in about three hours - considerably less than the estimate though we didn't hurry and took a leisurely stop on the summit.
This route is very nice but the trail shows the volume of hikers in wide worn sections and many roots. Not the worst I have seen but pretty well worn. We didn't bring our hiking dog but saw many on the summit and didn't see any section of trail that would have posed a challenge for an Aussie Shepard - next time...
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