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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 up the Signal Ridge Trail
Looking up the Signal Ridge Trail

Route: Signal Ridge Trail

The forecast looked perfect for Carrigain - Sawyer River Road was still open, the winds were forecasted to be a bit much in the Presidentials, and the morning was supposed to be sunny. As such, quite a few other folks had the same idea.

The water crossings were a bit tricky, as there was some ice on the non-submerged rocks. Reaching the steeps, the consistent snow started - never more than an inch. Arriving on Signal Ridge, the Presidentials were lit up in white. Clouds were moving in, as forecasted, so the lighting was unfortunately not going to stay that way.

The summit wasn't overly cold, though there was a little bit of wind up on the fire tower. The clouds had moved in just enough to take away the magnificent Presidential lighting. Since it was such a nice day, and because I wanted to see the peaks in better lighting, and because I wanted to work on getting my colder weather acclimation, I hung out on the summit for a good 45 minutes - though I ran out of patience in waiting for the light to reach the Presidentials again, the Franconias light up nicely as a large clould moved on.

The snow line had moved up slightly in a few hours, as the more mild daytime temperatures had moved in. A nice day for Carrigain.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, November 7, 2009
Hike Commenced: 8:25 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,370'
Destination: Mt. Carrigain
Ascent Commenced: 8:26 AM
Summit Reached: 10:34 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:12
Trailhead Elevation: 1,370'
Summit Elevation: 4,700'
Distance: 5 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,430'
Hike Ended: 1:34 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:09
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 the Franconia Ridge from the Mt. Carrigain summit lookout tower - Click to enlarge
Looking the Franconia Ridge 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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