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Mt. Carrigain
Livermore, NH

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

Route: Signal Ridge Trail

Though I had planned to take the day off from hiking, an improved weather forecast, coupled with seeing Sawyer River Road open, coaxed me out to Carrigain.

Though the water crossings were a little bit tricky, they were nonetheless doable. The trail was snow free until reaching the upper switchbacks - and even then, it wasn't too bad.

The views from the summit tower were tremendous in all directions - though perhaps not 100 mile views today, they were fairly close. Thanks to the pleasant temperatures, minimal winds, and zero summit bugs, I sat on the deck for awhile, resting my aching knee.

For the descent, I took my time clearing some blowdowns - though, once I reached the flats, the black flies came out, forcing me to be less ambitious.

Nonetheless, a great day for Carrigain.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Hike Commenced: 12:14 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,370'
Destination: Mt. Carrigain
Ascent Commenced: 12:15 PM
Summit Reached: 2:38 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:23
Trailhead Elevation: 1,370'
Summit Elevation: 4,700'
Distance: 5 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,430'
Hike Ended: 5:56 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:42
Hike Distance: 10 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,540'


Signal Ridge Trail trailhead on Sawyer River Road
Signal Ridge Trail trailhead on Sawyer River Road

Painted trillium coming into bloom on Signal Ridge Trail
Painted trillium coming into bloom on Signal Ridge Trail

Looking at the Franconias and Bonds from the Mt. Carrigain summit lookout tower - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Franconias and Bonds from the Mt. Carrigain summit lookout tower




Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 West from Bartlett to Sawyer River Road. WMNF fee parking lot is a few minutes up the dirt road on the left. Trailhead is across the road.

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