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Mt. Cardigan, Orange Mountain
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: Holt Trail, Clark Trail, South Ridge Trail, Skyland Trail, Vistamont Trail, Woodland Trail

Fantastic weather for Cardigan - blue skies, temperatures in the 60s, a slight breeze, long reaching views, and no biting bugs.

Holt Trail below Grand Junction was generally dry with a few minor areas of mud/running water from recent rain. Middle portion of Holt Trail had similar conditions. Ledge scrambles on Holt Trail were wet and a bit slippery.

Also some slippery ledge on the ridge between Cardigan and Orange, as well as a few significant but short muddy areas. Scramble ledge below Orange on Vistamont was also very wet and slippery.

Some areas of muck on the lower Clark/Woodland Trails, but otherwise not too bad.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Parking Elevation: 1,365'
Destination: Mt. Cardigan
Time Elapsed: 00:58
Trailhead Elevation: 1,380'
Summit Elevation: 3,155'
Distance: 2.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,850'
Destination: Orange Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:50
Trailhead Elevation: 3,155'
Summit Elevation: 2,684'
Vertical Gain: 404'
Hike Time Elapsed: 3:13
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,354'


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

Looking at Orange, Ragged, and Kearsarge from Mt. Cardigan - Click to enlarge
Looking at Orange, Ragged, and Kearsarge from Mt. Cardigan

The Skyland Trail between the peaks
The Skyland Trail between the peaks

Looking at Cardigan from Orange Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Cardigan from Orange Mountain

Trout lily along the Vistamont Trail
Trout lily along the Vistamont Trail

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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