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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 up the Black Cap Trail
Looking up the Black Cap Trail

Route: Black Cap Trail

While I had very limited daylight to hike after work, I was determined to enjoy the excellent weather. With Hurricane Mountain Road still open, I decided a quick sunset hike to Black Cap would work.

The first portion of the trail was fairly dry. Reaching the ledges, there were a few patches of water and ice - all avoidable though. The sun was just starting to set as I neared the summit. Just beyond the summit, a near-full moon was rising over the flats and hills in western Maine.

Due to a general lack of clouds, the sunset display wasn't overly colorful. Nonetheless, it was a nice, mild night and a halfway decent display.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, November 2, 2008
Hike Commenced: 4:01 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,705'
Destination: Black Cap
Ascent Commenced: 4:01 PM
Summit Reached: 4:23 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:22
Trailhead Elevation: 1,705'
Summit Elevation: 2,369'
Distance: 1.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 679'
Hike Ended: 5:06 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:05
Hike Distance: 2.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 734'

Black Cap Trail trailhead
Black Cap Trail trailhead

Looking at Mt. Carrigain through Mt. Adams from Black Cap - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Carrigain through Mt. Adams from Black Cap

Sunset colors over the Ossipee and Sandwich Ranges - Click to enlarge
Sunset colors over the Ossipee and Sandwich Ranges

Topographic map of Black Cap

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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