NE 4,000 Footers
NE 100 Highest
NH 4,000 Footers
NH 100 Highest
NH 52 With A View
NH Belknap Range
NH Ossipee 10
Campton, NH, Holderness, NH
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Cascade Trail
Route: Cascade Trail, Crawford Ridgepole Trail, Mt. Morgan Trail
Finally decided to check out the quasi-abandoned 'back side' approach to Mt. Morgan.
For the ascent, I used the southern branch of the trail, which starts near the southern shore of Perch Pond (there's an old wooden arrow on a tree at the start of an overgrown logging road). I didn't find this approach to be particularly rewarding, especially with the woods roads being overgrown. It is blue blazed and meets the other approach above the pond.
From there, there were a few decent stretches, a few overgrown stretches, and lots of old logging road crossings. I had to keep my eyes out to make sure I stayed on trail. While there were a few muddy areas, they were short lived and not bad in current conditions. The trail junction with the Crawford Ridgepole is pretty obvious, as there is a yellow arrow pointing hikers to stay on the latter.
The Crawford Ridgepole section had some nice foliage, though unfortunately the summit was in fog. Also occasional wet trail from the conditions.
For the descent, I retraced my steps, then took the northern branch of the trail, which I found to be dramatically better (not as overgrown, passes by the northern shore of the pond, and the foliage was good). If I hike this trail again, I will likely do it from this side. To get to this side, drive northbound past the pond, over the height of land, then look for a gate on a side road soon thereafter (room for maybe 2-3 cars to park near the gate). If going up this approach, continue past the pond, then look for a place where an older logging road bears uphill right (and look for a faded blue blaze).
In terms of distances, it was about 2.05 miles from road to the Crawford Ridgepole via the southern trailhead and about 2.2 miles via the northern trailhead. From the junction with the Crawford Ridgepole Trail to the lower Mt. Morgan Trail junction, about 0.4 miles. So, about 3 miles to the highpoint via the southern trailhead and about 3.1-3.2 via the northern trailhead.
Getting To Trailhead:
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The southern Cascade Trail trailhead
Fog on the Mt. Morgan ledges
Perch Pond from the northern branch of the Cascade Trail
Directions to trailhead: From Holderness, take Route 25 West, then take Route 175 North, then take a right onto Hardhack Road, then an immediate right onto Perch Pond Road. Perch Pond is a few miles up the road on the right. There is room to park roadside near the southern shore and for a few vehicles to park near the gate to the road to the northern shore (and northern branch of the Cascade Trail).
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