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Trip Log


Mt. Cardigan
Orange, NH

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

Route: West Ridge Trail

Arriving at the West Ridge Trail trailhead, the upper parking lot was surprisingly mostly empty. The West Ridge Trail was a bit wet in a few places, but for the most part good going. While the summit was extremely windy, we were able to find a place a bit out of the wind to sit down and check out the views. While there were some clouds in the area, the views were still quite strong - Killington to the west, the Ossipees to the east, Mt. Monadnock to the south, and the Fraconia Ridge to the north.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Cardigan
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Hike Commenced: 4:37 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,760'
Destination: Mt. Cardigan
Ascent Commenced: 4:37 PM
Summit Reached: 5:22 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:45
Trailhead Elevation: 1,760'
Summit Elevation: 3,155'
Distance: 1.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,430'
Hike Ended: 6:58 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:21
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,465'

The West Ridge Trail trailhead
The West Ridge Trail trailhead

Looking east towards the Ossipee Range from the Mt. Cardigan summit - Click to enlarge
Looking east towards the Ossipee Range from the Mt. Cardigan summit

Topographic map of Mt. Cardigan - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: Take Burnt Hill Road up to the green Cardigan Mtn post next to the access road gate. If access road is closed, park across the road from the gate; otherwise, there is parking at the picnic area.

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