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Mt. Morgan, Mt. Percival
Campton, NH, Holderness, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The ladders up Mt. Morgan on the cliff trail
The ladders up Mt. Morgan on the cliff trail

Route: Mt. Morgan Trail, Crawford-Ridgepole Trail, Mt. Percival Trail, Morse Trail

Though I had hoped to hit Mt. Israel, reading reports from various sources from various years (especially one of lots of postholing on Mt. Israel recently), I decided to try Mt. Morgan and Mt. Percival.

The gate to the Mt. Morgan parking lot was closed, so I, along with the hikers who had arrived previously, had to park on the side of the road.

From there, the Mt. Morgan Trail was easy going (other than some mud), before steepening on the final approach of the top of the ridge. At this point the trail was basically a brook - fortunately there was some room to pass on the sides.

Soon I was at the junction of the Mt. Morgan Trail and the cliffs trail - I went for the cliffs trail. The ladders are fun, as is the cave (though it was a bit narrow with the accumulated snow).

The views from the ledge were strong, but overcast due to in part the haze of the 80 degree day - same story on the summit looking north and west.

The Crawford-Ridgepole Trail to Mt. Percival had a lot of blowdowns departing the Mt. Morgan summit, making for some rough going. Upon arriving at the Mt. Percival summit, the clouds started to pass over, making for nicer views. Though Mt. Morgan is nice, I think I prefer the views from Mt. Percival, as well as the larger ledge area.

The Mt. Percival Trail was dryer and in better shape than the Mt. Morgan Trail, allowing for a decent descent. The Morse Trail, crossing from the base of the Mt. Percival Trail to the Mt. Morgan Trail, was a bit muddier, but still passable.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, April 23, 2007
Hike Commenced: 4:16 PM
Parking Elevation: 810'
Destination: Mt. Morgan
Ascent Commenced: 4:17 PM
Summit Reached: 5:11 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:54
Trailhead Elevation: 820'
Summit Elevation: 2,220'
Distance: 2.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,440'
Destination: Mt. Percival
Ascent Commenced: 5:13 PM
Summit Reached: 5:47 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:34
Trailhead Elevation: 2,220'
Summit Elevation: 2,212'
Distance: .8 mile
Vertical Gain: 160'
Hike Ended: 7:04 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:48
Hike Distance: 5 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,740'


Mt. Morgan Trail trailhead
Mt. Morgan Trail trailhead

Looking southwest at Red Hill - Click to enlarge
Looking southwest at Red Hill


Crawford-Ridgepole trail near the Mt. Morgan summit (to Mt. Percival)

Crawford-Ridgepole trail from Mt. Morgan to Mt. Percival
Crawford-Ridgepole trail from Mt. Morgan to Mt. Percival

Looking over the Squam Lakes from Mt. Percival - Click to enlarge
Looking over the Squam Lakes from Mt. Percival

Topographic map of Mt. Morgan, Mt. Percival - Click to enlarge'


Directions to trailhead: Mt. Morgan trailhead parking is located on Route 113, west of Sandwich.

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