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

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.

Looking down the Mt. Percival Trail

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

My original plan was to do a larger hike, however I couldn't settle on what one to do. Looking at the blue sky, I decided to ski the morning at Black Mountain.

After some tremendous mid-winter "spring" skiing, I headed back southwest and decided to do the Morgan-Percival loop.

Arriving at a near-empty parking lot, I headed up the Mt. Morgan trail on my MSRs. Arriving at the Morse Trail junction, I decided to do a counterclockwise loop and headed to Percival.

The Morse Trail had seen minimal traffic, as had the first portion of the Mt. Percival Trail. Just prior to the actual ascent, the previous user of the Mt. Percival Trail had apparently turned back - I was 'breaking' trail (essentially sinking about 2" through the icy crust) from this point on.

The summit was glazed over in ice - the portions out of the sun were unbreakable. The views of the Lakes Region were tremendous.

After cussing a bit once I saw what I would be dealing with next, I descended down an icy slope into a spruce-y Crawford-Ridgepole Trail, branches hitting me left and right for most of the way on this unbroken stretch. Between this and the lack of visible trail markings in places, this short portion took a good half hour.

No one had been to the high point behind the Mt. Morgan ledges in recent times. The views from here were great, however the views from the ledges were even better.

After looking around for a bit, I pulled out my new axe and headed down, removing a blowdown along the way. Significant wet portions of the trail were melted out with spur paths around them.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, March 23, 2008
Hike Commenced: 2:50 PM
Parking Elevation: 815'
Destination: Mt. Percival
Ascent Commenced: 2:50 PM
Summit Reached: 4:09 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:19
Trailhead Elevation: 820'
Summit Elevation: 2,212'
Distance: 2.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,522'
Destination: Mt. Morgan
Ascent Commenced: 4:14 PM
Summit Reached: 4:49 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:35
Trailhead Elevation: 2,212'
Summit Elevation: 2,220'
Distance: .8 mile
Vertical Gain: 168'
Hike Ended: 5:59 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:09
Hike Distance: 5.1 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,735'

Mt. Morgan Trail trailhead

Looking over the Rattlesnakes at the lakes from the Mt. Percival ledges

Crawford-Ridgepole Trail

Looking at the Ossipee Mountains, Red Hill, and East Rattlesnake from the Mt. Morgan ledges

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113 west from Center Sandwich. The Mt. Morgan trailhead parking lot is located on the left, immediately after a peak in the road, just before the Old Bridle Path trailhead.

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