Mount Carrigain

Bartlett, New Hampshire

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This is a pleasant warm-up on an old logging road along a brook, then a steady climb to a breathtaking ridge walk, leading to arguably the best view in the Whites from the summit viewing platform. Mount Carrigain is a grand peak in every sense—grand in its presence at the southeastern edge of the Pemigewasset Wilderness; grand in its views, which are equaled only by those from atop Mount Washington in terms of the number of 4,000-footers you can see (forty-three); and grand as a day hike that will leave you both exhilarated and exhausted. Though technically in the town of Lincoln, the trailhead for the Signal Ridge Trail, described here, is closest to Bartlett. It is the most popular and shortest route up Mount Carrigain, though it is still a 10-miler with over 3,000 feet of climbing. Save this one for a clear day, not only for its special reward at the top, but also because the section across Signal Ridge is exposed with a steep drop-off to one side.

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"This is a pleasant warm-up on an old logging road along a brook, then a steady climb to a breathtaking ridge walk, leading to arguably the best view in the Whites from the summit viewing platform. Mount Carrigain is a grand peak in every sense—grand in its presence at the southeastern edge of the Pemigewasset Wilderness; grand in its views, which are equaled only by those from atop Mount Washington in terms of the number of 4,000-footers you can see (forty-three); and grand as a day hike that will leave you both exhilarated and exhausted.

Though technically in the town of Lincoln, the trailhead for the Signal Ridge Trail, described here, is closest to Bartlett. It is the most popular and shortest route up Mount Carrigain, though it is still a 10-miler with over 3,000 feet of climbing. Save this one for a clear day, not only for its special reward at the top, but also because the section across Signal Ridge is exposed with a steep drop-off to one side."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bartlett
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 3,149 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8 hours
Local Maps: USGS Mount Carrigain Quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Carrigain

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May 2018