Trip Report: Mount Carrigian 3/16/2013

Mount Carrigain is a hike that I would do over and over again. The woods here are very pleasant, the trail is gradual and well designed, and the views from the summit tower are amongst the best in the White Mountain National Forest. The took the normal route, srarting where route 302 meets Sawyer River Road in the town of Livermore, NH. As normal in winter, Sawyer River Rd is gated, adding some miles to our day. There is a trail that exits the winter lot by the trail-head sign, and eventually rejoins the road, which is how we started out, but it was a post hole mess. We cut up to the road and hiked that down to the summer trail-head. We were passed by a few cross-country skiers, and several snowmobiles. We quickly noticed the trail has have several re-routes since the damage from Hurricane Irene. The first few miles are a long approach along the Whiteface Brook. until the junction with the Signal Ridge trail, which has been moved about 1/4 miles from where it once was. After sorting out some route finding, we began the switchback ridden ascent to the ridge. We made great time and the skies were beginning to clear. We finally came out on the exposed bit of Signal Ridge and were awarded some fine views, and layered up for the final push into the trees again and up to the summit tower. Once on the top we took some photos, had a brief lunch, and chatted with some other hikers that got there bit earlier. We made great time on the way out, never once had to change out of our Microspikes all day! The river crossings were not bridged, but were easily manged by hopping on rocks.


Distance: 14.60 mi
Time: 9:30:16
Avg Pace: 39:04 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 4,341 ft

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