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    Alexandria, New Hampshire

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    Merrimack, NH
    Adventurer | 391 pts
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    9/24/2018
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    Belmont, NH
    Pathfinder | 95 pts
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    7/19/2018
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    Nottingham, NH
    Pathfinder | 70 pts
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    11/9/2011
    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!
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    Harvard, MA
    Explorer | 40 pts
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    10/3/2010
    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.
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    Fairfield, CT
    Pathfinder | 142 pts
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    3/5/2010
    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!
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    Derry, NH
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    6/1/2009
    Great hike but go up the West Ridge Trail instead! Google the trail maps and you'll be glad you did!
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    Cohasset, MA
    Pathfinder | 157 pts
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    8/31/2008
    This was a very nice hike. Completed on a warm, sunny day, with dog. Lots of beautiful views and open ledges. Went up the Manning trail and down Holt (4 hours, start at AMC lodge)). Met only one person on the way up! Coming down Holt trail was a challenge - steep, open ledges. Probably dangerous in wet weather. But fun scrambling down. There are easier trails down. I've attached pictures.
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    Davis Island, FL
    Pathfinder | 156 pts
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    9/4/2007
    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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    Ely, VT
    Explorer | 40 pts
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    10/30/2006
    Very high wind at top....several muddy trail sections and one large tree across the trail...but what a view for such a short hike...
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    Eddyville, NY
    Pathfinder | 82 pts
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    8/4/2006
    Climbed Cardigan from Cardigan Stete Park, upo South Ridge Trail and down West Ridge Trail. This is 700 vertical feet shorter than trails from the AMC lodge. The trail is generally maintained, albeit eroded. There are magnificent views of the barren cone from the south ridge trail, then the baren cone ascent is very exposed with sensational views. The summit is very popular, so do not expect solitude. The whole hike with lunch took a little over 4 hours. I highly reccommend this loop
    Joel Mandelbaum drmaddog42@hotmail.com
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    Trail Information

    Alexandria
    Nearby City
    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    5.6
    Distance
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Moderate
    Skill Level
    No posted hours
    Season
    Cardigan State Park, nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/cardigan- state-park.aspx; AMC Cardigan Lodge and Campsites, 603-466-2727 (reservations), outdoors.org/cardigan
    Local Contacts
    USGS Mount Cardigan quad; Southern New Hampshire Trail Map, Map 2: D5–D3 (AMC)
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