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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 Mt. Morgan Trail near the summit of Mt. Morgan
The Mt. Morgan Trail near the summit of Mt. Morgan

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

Having never hiked Morgan-Percival with blue sky and blue lake views, I opted to head over on a nice Friday afternoon.

Not a big fan of the logged lower elevations, I took advantage of my light pack and jogged the flats. Climbing up to Morgan, I opted to take the cave bypass.

The views from the highpoint, as well as from the lake vista, were tremendous. The bugs fortunately weren't too bad, so I was able to enjoy the scenery for awhile.

The next stop was of course Mt. Percival. I had forgotten how rugged and fun the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail was between them - neat little scrambles and viewpoints. Reaching Mt. Percival, I once again had super views with a deep blue lake under a deep blue sky. Unfortunately, the black flies didn't want me to loiter for too long.

Having never been on the Percival caves spur, I descended from the ledges (no sign - just some blazes) to a rocky area, then through the tight cave - probably a better idea for ascending (and of course in dry conditions). Nonetheless, quite fun!

Upon hitting the flats, I jogged most of the way back to the trailhead, as to avoid the mosquitoes who were trying to greet me.


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: Friday, May 28, 2010
Hike Commenced: 3:55 PM
Parking Elevation: 810'
Destination: Mt. Morgan
Ascent Commenced: 3:55 PM
Summit Reached: 4:39 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:44
Trailhead Elevation: 820'
Summit Elevation: 2,220'
Distance: 2.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,440'
Destination: Mt. Percival
Ascent Commenced: 4:47 PM
Summit Reached: 5:10 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:33
Trailhead Elevation: 2,220'
Summit Elevation: 2,212'
Distance: .8 mile
Vertical Gain: 160'
Hike Ended: 6:17 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:22
Hike Distance: 5 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,740'


Mt. Morgan Trail trailhead
Mt. Morgan Trail trailhead

Looking at Squam Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, and the Belknap Range from the Mt. Morgan ledges - Click to enlarge
Looking at Squam Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, and the Belknap Range from the Mt. Morgan ledges

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

The Sandwich Range as seen from Mt. Percival - Click to enlarge
The Sandwich Range as seen from Mt. Percival

The Mt. Percival Trail caves route
The Mt. Percival Trail caves route

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, across from the Old Bridle Path (West Rattlensnake) lot.

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