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Black Cap
Conway, NH

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

Looking down the Black Cap Trail

Route: Black Cap Trail

In my self designed knee rehab (kneehab?) program, based upon no expert knowledge, I decided to do the quick, easy hike up Black Cap from Hurricane Mountain Road.

I had previously done Great Hill with very little pain a few days earlier, so I felt rested and ready.

There were a few cars at the Hurricane Mountain Road parking area, however I likely met all of the owners descending within the first half mile.

The trailhead was somewhat difficult to find due to a bunch of blowdowns, however after looking around the back of the parking lot, I found a somewhat concealed "trail" sign and a corridor cut through some downed trees.

The trail was gentle and easy to follow until past the Cranmore Trail intersection. Shortly thereafter there was a fork in the trail - fortunately I saw a fading arrow on a rock pointing me to the left. From here, the trail steepens a bit (nothing more than moderate steepness), arriving at quasi-open ledges.

Though the top of Black Cap isn't completely bare, there are plenty of views from all over the exposed ledges. There are also two very short spur trails - one with a viewpoint to the east and another to the west.

I maintained a decent pace during the ascent and had no knee pain. The descent, however, was another story. After maybe 5 minutes, I felt pain starting to return in its normal place and by the end of the hike, my pronounced limp was back. Not a big fan of this knee injury stuff!

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Black Cap
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, May 21, 2007
Hike Commenced: 4:06 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,705'
Destination: Black Cap
Ascent Commenced: 4:07 PM
Summit Reached: 4:29 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:22
Trailhead Elevation: 1,705'
Summit Elevation: 2,369'
Distance: 1.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 679'
Hike Ended: 5:14 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:08
Hike Distance: 2.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 734'

Black Cap Trail trailhead

Looking east from the back of Black Cap into Maine

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from North Conway. Take a right onto Hurricane Mountain Road. Go past the Kearsarge North Trail trailhead, past the gate, and to the top of the mountain. Parking area and trailhead are on the right.

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