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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
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.
Getting To Trailhead:
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Signal Ridge Trail trailhead on Sawyer River Road
Painted trillium coming into bloom on Signal Ridge Trail
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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