Perfect Sunday hike. We did an out-and-back on West Ridge Trail - it was blowing pretty hard at the top so we didn't try to find South Ridge for the full loop. Will definitely come back in the warmer weather and check out more of the trail system in this park. Loved it.
Did a nice loop hike from the AMC Cardigan Lodge back in August of 2016. Manning > Firescrew > Mowglis Trail > Mt Cardigan > Clark Trail > Holt - Clark Cutoff and then the Holt Trail back to the lodge. The trail from Manning to Firewscew as beautiful, serene and a perfect woods hike until just before the summit. My wife, daughter who was 7 at the time and both our dogs. We had a late start (1pm) and saw only a few people on the trail until we reached Cardigan. Cardigan was a gorgeous open summit and only slightly crowded. After a short stay, we returned to the lodge. This is one of my family's favorite hikes. The trails are relativley quiet and very woodsy without having a great deal of obstacles. They were also very dog friendly. The AMC lodge is a nice place to stop and visit and they also sell maps of the area. Highly recommend
Great trail with some minor challenge. Hiked in the end of October so the scenery was amazing. Started out with beautiful fall colors and turned to fresh snow covered trees. Little icy near the summit when the rock slabs become a little more flat. It was also crazy windy so we stopped a little short of the fire tower.
I loved this trail. It has a big mountain feel to it and is a nice challenge. But you've got to be comfortable on steep slabs with some exposure. Don't even think about it when conditions are wet, or if you don't have grippy footwear, and unless you are prepared to rappel, descending this trail is foolishly dangerous.
That's ok because descending by way of Firescrew and the Manning Trail is fabulously scenic and by comparison quite easy.