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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 drifted Signal Ridge Trail
The drifted Signal Ridge Trail

Route: Sawyer River Road, Signal Ridge Trail, bushwhack, (Mt. Carrigain), Signal Ridge Trail, Sawyer River Road, herdpath

A great weather forecast, though increasing winds. The Sawyer River Road walk went a bit slower than I would have hoped, due to balmy temperatures in the 50s. On the lower section of the Signal Ridge Trail, the first water crossing was still snowbridged, however the subsequent ones were open (but crossed on dry rocks).

The climb was fairly slow, due to all sorts of branches leaning into the trail. Reaching Signal Ridge proper, the snow drifting was amazing - while there was maybe a foot of snow here in February, the drifts were easily a dozen feet deep, all the way across the ridge.

Beyond the ridge, the route was broken out too far south of the summit, resulting in a somewhat thick bushwhack in a few places. After taking in extremely strong views, I broke out the trail proper.

On the return roadwalk, I opted to hope off and follow a brief old logging road back to the parking lot - not much of a time saver, but a change of scenery.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Hike Commenced: 11:33 AM
Parking Elevation: 900'
Destination: Mt. Carrigain
Ascent Commenced: 12:10 PM
Summit Reached: 2:53 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:43
Trailhead Elevation: 1,370'
Summit Elevation: 4,700'
Vertical Gain: 3,440'
Hike Ended: 5:50 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:23
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,050'


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

The drifted Signal Ridge Trail
The drifted Signal Ridge Trail

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. In winter, there is a WMNF fee parking lot located to the left of the closed Sawyer River Road. The Signal Ridge Trail is 2 miles up Sawyer River Road, on the right.

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