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Trail Conditions

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 old Jeep Road
Looking up the old Jeep Road

Route: Jeep road, West Ridge Trail

Took the old Firewarden's Jeep road (departs adjacent to the bathrooms) to check it out. Still easily followed up to the West Ridge Trail. Appears to cut off about 1/10th of a mile, and avoids the initial up-and-down, but also has a few muddy sections. Drops into the West Ridge Trail just below the first trail junction.

West Ridge Trail had minor patchy black ice initially, but also had some blue ice above and below Cliff's Bridge. I was able to bareboot (and would have barebooted even if I had brought traction), but some may feel more comfortable with traction for these isolated spots. There were also some wet ledges that could set up overnight. In addition, due to the water perking up from these ledgy areas, it's safe to assume there will be ice when temperatures drop after the forecasted rain.

There was also a dusting of snow in a few places near the summit. Otherwise, the trails were generally dry (ground is generally frozen) with a few avoidable mud patches in the usual spots.

Chilly sunset. Winter is approaching.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Parking Elevation: 1,760'
Destination: Mt. Cardigan
Time Elapsed: 00:28
Trailhead Elevation: 1,760'
Summit Elevation: 3,155'
Vertical Gain: 1,395'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:14
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,435'

The start of the Jeep Road
The start of the Jeep Road

Looking at Mt. Washington from Mt. Cardigan - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from Mt. Cardigan

The sunset from Mt. Cardigan - Click to enlarge
The sunset from Mt. Cardigan

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. The old Jeep Road starts to the right of the West Ridge Trail.

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