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Mt. Cardigan
Orange, NH, Alexandria, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Holt Trail
Looking up the Holt Trail

Route: Manning Trail, Holt Trail, (Mt. Cardigan), Clark Trail, Cathedral Forest Trail, Holt Trail, Manning Trail

Holt Trail to Grand Junction was mostly dry and in good shape. Upper Holt was wet with lots of blowdowns from recent snowstorm. Scramble ledges still wet too - not recommended for this with issues with heights, or without really grippy shoes.

Clark Trail and Holt-Clark Cutoff were very muddy.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Cardigan
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, May 30, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,365'
Destination: Mt. Cardigan
Time Elapsed: 01:05
Trailhead Elevation: 1,380'
Summit Elevation: 3,155'
Distance: 2.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,850'
Hike Time Elapsed: 2:49
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,925'


The Manning Trail trailhead near the AMC facility
The Manning Trail trailhead near the AMC facility

Looking over the Firescrew toward the White Mountains from Mt. Cardigan - Click to enlarge
Looking over the Firescrew toward the White Mountains from Mt. Cardigan




Directions to trailhead: From Bristol, take Route 3A North briefly, then take a left onto Bristol Hill Road. Eventually bear left onto Plummer Hill Road, then take a left onto Thissell Road, then take a right onto Town Pond Road. Town Pond Road eventually joins Mt. Cardigan Road. Mt. Cardigan Road becomes Shem Valley Road at a sharp turn - go straight on it. Parking is located across from the AMC facility. One can also find the AMC Lodge with more ease from Alexandria by following the AMC Lodge signs.

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