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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Mt. Carrigain
Livermore, NH

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

Route: Signal Ridge Trail

The forecast called for the development of a mostly sunny day. The full cloud cover and wet ground seemed to be in conflict with that forecast.

Nonetheless, a large group of canines set off for Mt. Carrigain. The trail was quite wet and the water crossings slightly tricky. The foliage, however, was quite nice down in the lower elevations.

As we ascended, we entered the fog. Reaching Signal Ridge, there was rather limited visibility. Spending nearly an hour on the cold, windy summit, the fog never lifted - a shame, as the foliage in the valleys would have been a superb sight. Nonetheless, it was nice to get out on the trails.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Carrigain
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Heavy

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, October 10, 2009
Hike Commenced: 9:11 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,370'
Destination: Mt. Carrigain
Ascent Commenced: 9:12 AM
Summit Reached: 12:30 PM
Time Elapsed: 03:18
Trailhead Elevation: 1,370'
Summit Elevation: 4,700'
Distance: 5 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,430'
Hike Ended: 3:56 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:44
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

Looking at the fog from the Mt. Carrigain summit lookout tower - Click to enlarge
Looking at the fog 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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