Mount Cardigan

Mount Cardigan is a prominent bare-rock summit in western New Hampshire. It has extensive areas of bare granite ledges and alpine scrub giving it the feel of a much higher mountain. Most of the summit area was denuded by devastating forest fires in 1855. The Civilian Conservation Corps helped to develop the alpine ski trail network still in use today on the east side of the mountain. The mountain is set in the 5,000-acre Cardigan Mountain State Forest. The Cardigan Lodge, operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club since 1934, is located to the east at the foot of the mountain, and is often used as a base for day hikes in and around the mountain.

Mount Cardigan SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by scott

123 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Mar 10, 2015. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are West Ridge Trail, Holt Trail and Clark Trail.

Others who’ve summited Mount Cardigan

  • wskendal
  • snodough
  • StoneMan
  • hgagnon
  • 603MountainDweller
  • ElysiaD
  • Sash603
  • CaperClimbs
  • dennytron
  • Holmes
  • ElectroSpecter
  • atwoheadedcat
  • sunchaze
  • dlane819
  • MRF
  • Egg-O
  • hgpointer
  • fish0934
  • ecourville
  • MichaelNH
  • Shawn
  • MattyZ
  • eviltwinash
  • WickedStoked
  • lenfaucher
  • Wykdwch
  • cconte77
  • ccmorse49
  • Jbraz
  • kel1y22
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Routes Used trails & approaches

48% West Ridge Trail

15% Holt Trail

9% Clark Trail

9% Manning & Mowglis Trails (via Firescrew Mt.)

7% South Ridge Trail

3% Clark, Cathedral Forest & Holt Trails

1% West Ridge Trail to Skyland trail

0% South Ridge Trail to Bailey Trail to AMC Lodge

0% Bailey Trail

0% Bushwhack

0% h

0% Duke Ski Trail


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3,155 ft / 962 m


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New Hampshire, United States

Summited by

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  • wskendal
  • scott
  • snodough
  • StoneMan
  • hgagnon
  • 603MountainDweller
  • ElysiaD
  • hiking4000
  • Sash603
  • newenglandwarrior
  • CaperClimbs
  • HopsAndScotch

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