Cardigan Mountain (3,155ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,250ft
Trails: South Ridge, Skyland and West Ridge Trails
Distance: 3.6 miles roundtrip
Duration: 3 hrs, 15 minutes (includes stops for breaks and summit lunch)
Was planning to solo hike to the summits of Mounts Avalon and Field but I got a late start this morning so I decided to solo hike Cardigan Mountain. Definitely no solitude today with such gorgeous weather. Both the trails and the summit were busy with folks including families with babies and dogs. I started at the West Ridge Trailhead and at the junction, took the South Ridge trail to Rimrock. The South Ridge trail is a bit longer, narrower and steeper. And I came across 3 other hikers headed to Mt. Gilman. From Rimrock, I took the Skyland trail to get onto the West Ridge Trail, and ascend the summit. I spent 45 minutes at the summit relaxing, having my lunch and taking more photos.
Cardigan Mountain is part of the New Hampshire 52 with a view list and indeed, the summit rewards you with some great 360 degree views. At the summit I forgot to use my iPhone's Peak app....bummers!
Cardigan Mountain Trail Map
At the trailhead
Along the South Ridge Trail (2)
At Rimrock (3)
At the West Ridge and Skyland Trails junction
Along the West Ridge Trail (2)
At the summit (11)