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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Carrigain Notch Trail
Route: Signal Ridge Trail, Carrigain Notch Trail, bushwhack, herd path, (Vose Spur), herd path, bushwhack, Carrigain Notch Trail, Signal Ridge Trail
With yet another hot day, we decided to stay in the woods and go for Vose Spur.
Starting on the Signal Ridge Trail, the temperature was already rising. Upon reaching the Carrigain Notch Trail crossing, we took an extended break at cool brook.
Reaching the large boulder with the stepping stones around it, we looked around for a place to push into the woods. In hindsight, we would have backtracked a bit from this, as the terrain near it was a bit steep and sprucy. Nonetheless, we eventually found the herdpath prior to the scree field.
The views from the scree field were superb, even with the hazy weather. While it was tempting to spend extra time here, it was a hot place. Thus, we moved on.
Above here, the herd path became very steep with a few scrambles. Eventually reaching the wooded summit, we took an extended snack break.
On the way down, we opted to avoid some of the steeps on the upper herdpath by pushing left and emerging at the very top of the scree field, then cutting across it back to the herd path.
Back at the lowest Carrigain Notch water crossing, we took another extended cool down break.
Getting To Trailhead:
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Signal Ridge Trail trailhead on Sawyer River Road
Looking down the scree field on the way to Vose Spur
Looking at Mt. Tremont from near the top of the traprock field on Vose Spur
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 West from Bartlett to Sawyer River Road. WMNF fee parking lot is a few minutes up the dirt road on the left. Trailhead is across the road.
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