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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 Connector
Looking down the Black Cap Connector

Route: Black Cap Trail, Black Cap Connector

With Hurricane Mountain Road open, I opted to go for a quick jog to Black Cap. For jogging, I decided to avoid the minor scrambles of the upper Black Cap Trail by taking the Black Cap Connector for the final portion of the ascent, resulting in fairly gentle grades.

Though clouds were moving into the region, the views from the summit were still quite good, as the Presidentials were still in the clear. Surprisingly, there were no bugs to contend with.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Hike Commenced: 5:57 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,705'
Destination: Black Cap
Ascent Commenced: 5:57 PM
Summit Reached: 6:13 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:16
Trailhead Elevation: 1,705'
Summit Elevation: 2,369'
Distance: 1.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 689'
Hike Ended: 6:31 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:34
Hike Distance: 2.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 754'

Black Cap Trail trailhead
Black Cap Trail trailhead

Bellwort along the Black Cap Trail
Bellwort along the Black Cap Trail

Looking at Kearsarge North Mountain from Black Cap - Click to enlarge
Looking at Kearsarge North Mountain from Black Cap

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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