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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Canaan, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up an abandoned ski trail
Looking up an abandoned ski trail

Route: Ski trails, bushwhack

Short hike up the abandoned Cardigan School Pinnacle ski area. Ascended via the trail nearest the road (more like an old woods road to start). Some blowdowns, but otherwise okay going. Higher up, it becomes a wider slope with lots of saplings. Path bears left and continues up to the top of the old ski area. From there, it was a brief open woods bushwhack to the wooded highpoint. Descended down the steep liftline (still mostly clear with a few pockets of saplings down low), then back up to the road. Decent directional views of Mt. Cardigan from the liftline.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Pinnacle
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, May 2, 2014
Parking Elevation: 1,160'
Destination: Pinnacle
Time Elapsed: 00:13
Trailhead Elevation: 1,160'
Summit Elevation: 1,450'
Vertical Gain: 300'
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:31
Hike Vertical Gain: 350'

The old ski area entrance
The old ski area entrance

Looking at Mt. Cardigan from the top of the old ski area - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Cardigan from the top of the old ski area

Topographic map of Pinnacle

Directions to trailhead: From Canaan, take High Street northwest (which becomes Canaan Street). Shortly after passing Follansbee Road, the former Cardigan Pinnacle ski area entrance will be on the left with a wire across the old road. There is limited room to park on the side of Canaan Street.

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