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Mt. Cardigan, Firescrew
Alexandria, NH, Orange, NH

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

Route: Holt Trail, (Mt. Cardigan), Mowglis Trail, (Firescrew), Manning Trail, Holt Trail

Holt Trail to summit was snow free and mostly dry. Ledges generally dry as well (thankfully...would not want to descend this trail, or attempt it if wet). A few minor muddy areas. Glacier ice on Manning Trail, either side of top of Dukes. Decent variety of wildflowers - bellwort, trout lily, yellow violet, trillium.

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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, May 9, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,392'
Destination: Mt. Cardigan
Time Elapsed: 01:00
Trailhead Elevation: 1,392'
Summit Elevation: 3,155'
Distance: 2.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,850'
Destination: Firescrew
Time Elapsed: 00:10
Trailhead Elevation: 3,155'
Summit Elevation: 3,064'
Vertical Gain: 184'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:51
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,074'


The Holt Trail trailhead
The Holt Trail trailhead

Trillium
Trillium

Looking north over the Firescrew at the White Mountains from Mt. Cardigan - Click to enlarge
Looking north over the Firescrew at the White Mountains from Mt. Cardigan

The Mowglis Trail between Mt. Cardigan and the Firescrew
The Mowglis Trail between Mt. Cardigan and the Firescrew

Ragged, Kearsarge, and Cardigan as seen from near the summit of the Firescrew - Click to enlarge
Ragged, Kearsarge, and Cardigan as seen from near the summit of the Firescrew

Trout lily on the Manning Trail
Trout lily on the Manning Trail




Directions to trailhead: From Bristol, take Route 3A North briefly, then take a left onto Bristol Hill Road. Eventually bear left onto Plummer Hill Road, then take a left onto Thissell Road, then take a right onto Town Pond Road. Town Pond Road eventually joins Mt. Cardigan Road. Mt. Cardigan Road becomes Shem Valley Road at a sharp turn - go straight on it. Parking is located across from the AMC facility. One can also find the AMC Lodge with more ease from Alexandria by following the AMC Lodge signs.

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