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The Captain, Mt. Carrigain
Livermore, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Signal Ridge
Signal Ridge

Route: Sawyer River Road, Signal Ridge Trail, bushwhack, (The Captain), bushwhack, Signal Ridge Trail, (Mt. Carrigain), Signal Ridge Trail, Sawyer River Road

Sawyer River Road was well packed for snowmobile traffic.

Signal Ridge Trail flats were well packed for snowshoe traffic. Barebooters were still sinking a bit judging by tracks. Nearing the ridge, there was drifting this morning.

Shortly after passing the spring on Carrigain proper, we slabbed around to the spine of the ridge (ie wilderness boundary) and descended it to the Captain col. Thanks in part to the snowpack, it was generally pretty good going with only a few very brief scrappy areas. Also quite steep, but no visible cliff bands. Snowpack probably 3-4 feet.

Ascent up the Captain proper (between the cliff bands) was slow going, as it was a bit scrappier, and because with the steeps, the snow was belt high for breaking. Fortunately we ended up hitting the recognized highpoint directly. The snowpack around the summit plateau was adequate enough that we were able to go over to the other potential highpoint without too much of an issue (a bit thicker in summer).

Returning to the col, we ascended a little bit, then dropped down to Carrigain Pond, surprisingly in open woods the whole way, contrary to the horror stories I had read about. Scrubby on the east side, cliffy on the north, but the east-northeast side of it was smooth sailing. Very neat place.

Climb back up Carrigain was slow going due to the powder, but the relatively mild temperatures were appreciated. Did the extra hundred or so vertical feet up to the fire tower to get the views, then headed out on the well packed trail.

Overall, it clocked in at about 11 hours (roughly half of it off trail with generous breaks for the views) and about 16.2 miles.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Difficult
Destination: The Captain
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Very Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Carrigain
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Very Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Parking Elevation: 900'
Time To Trailhead: 00:38
Destination: The Captain
Time Elapsed: 04:42
Trailhead Elevation: 1,370'
Summit Elevation: 3,540'
Vertical Gain: 3,580'
Destination: Mt. Carrigain
Time Elapsed: 02:06
Trailhead Elevation: 3,540'
Summit Elevation: 4,700'
Vertical Gain: 1,520'
Hike Time Elapsed: 10:52
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,590'


Signal Ridge Trail trailhead on Sawyer River Road
Signal Ridge Trail trailhead on Sawyer River Road

The Captain as seen from Signal Ridge
The Captain as seen from Signal Ridge

The Captain as seen from the col
The Captain as seen from the col

Looking at the Bonds from the Captain - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Bonds from the Captain

Carrigain Pond
Carrigain Pond

The Captain from Carrigain Pond
The Captain from Carrigain Pond

Mt. Carrigain from Carrigain Pond
Mt. Carrigain from Carrigain Pond

Signal Ridge as seen from the Mt. Carrigain observation tower - Click to enlarge
Signal Ridge as seen from the Mt. Carrigain observation tower




Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 West from Bartlett to Sawyer River Road. In winter, there is a WMNF fee parking lot located to the left of the closed Sawyer River Road. The Signal Ridge Trail is 2 miles up Sawyer River Road, on the right.

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