Elevation

3,155 ft / 962 m

#217 in New Hampshire

#40,288 in United States

Prominence

1,922 ft / 586 m

#14 in New Hampshire

#853 in United States

Summits

195 summits

Top climbing months

June   12%

May   12%

August   11%

Most climbed route

West Ridge Trail

3.0 mi • 1,190 ft gain

Highlights

  • Mount Cardigan is a prominent bare-rock summit in western New Hampshire.
  • 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.
44 summits • 3.0 mi • 1,190 ft gain • 2 hr 44 min
7 summits • 4.7 mi • 1,631 ft gain • 2 hr 36 min
1 summit • 5.0 mi • 1,680 ft gain • 4 hr 6 min

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