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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.
Looking up the Signal Ridge Trail
Looking up the Signal Ridge Trail

Route: Signal Ridge Trail

Having seen on the WMNF web site that Gale River Road and Haystack Road were still open, my plan was to take the day and hike the Twins and/or Galehead. After getting up at a gosh-awful hour and driving to Twin Mountain, I was a bit perturbed to see both roads gated. Thank you, Almighty Federal Government. Sawyer River Road was still open, so I decided to hike Carrigain in the morning. It was fitting to see the bridge removal warning sign at the trailhead had been defaced - "of the govt, by the govt, for the govt (They don't listen to the people!)."

I was able to bareboot over the flats and up the first two switchbacks of the Signal Ridge Trail, prior to putting on Microspikes. Reaching the summit, my snowshoes never ended up leaving my pack - there was perhaps less snow on Mt. Carrigain than in Crawford Notch. The views were rather hazy to the south, west, and east, as yet another rain storm was inching its way into the region. Nonetheless, the views to the snow-covered Presidentials were quite strong.

For the descent, I took my time and tried to clean blowdowns of various vintages. Weatherwise, this felt more like early October than December.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Hike Commenced: 7:08 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,370'
Destination: Mt. Carrigain
Ascent Commenced: 7:09 AM
Summit Reached: 9:26 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:17
Trailhead Elevation: 1,370'
Summit Elevation: 4,700'
Distance: 5 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,430'
Hike Ended: 12:07 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:59
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 Mt. Washington from the Mt. Carrigain summit lookout tower - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington 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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