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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

In town on a hot evening, I headed up Hurricane Mountain Road to do a quick jog up to Black Cap.

Heading up the Black Cap Connector, the early sunset rays were hitting the trees, making for great colors. After reaching the highpoint, I returned to the western viewpoint just in time for the sunset.

After watching the sunset, I had just enough light remaining to comfortably jog back to the trailhead before dark.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Hike Commenced: 6:53 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,705'
Destination: Black Cap
Ascent Commenced: 6:53 PM
Summit Reached: 6:10 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:17
Trailhead Elevation: 1,705'
Summit Elevation: 2,369'
Distance: 1.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 689'
Hike Ended: 7:32 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:39
Hike Distance: 2.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 754'

Black Cap Trail trailhead
Black Cap Trail trailhead

Looking at Mt. Chocorua and the Moats from Black Cap - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Chocorua and the Moats from Black Cap

The sunset as seen from Black Cap - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen 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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