Hiking Guide

 New Hampshire
 New York
 Rhode Island

 View All

 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


Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Mt. Morgan
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
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.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Morgan
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Parking Elevation: 1,010'
Destination: Mt. Morgan
Trailhead Elevation: 1,010'
Summit Elevation: 2,220'
Distance: 3 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,260'
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,350'

The southern Cascade Trail trailhead
The southern Cascade Trail trailhead

Fog on the Mt. Morgan ledges - Click to enlarge
Fog on the Mt. Morgan ledges

Perch Pond from the northern branch of the Cascade Trail
Perch Pond from the northern branch of the Cascade Trail

Topographic map of Mt. Morgan

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).

Back to Mt. Morgan Profile

Copyright 2002-2021, All Rights Reserved.