Mount Cardigan Trail

MODERATE 45 reviews

Mount Cardigan Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Canaan, NH that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.1 miles 1082 feet Loop

dog friendly

hiking

views

waterfall

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

hiking
2 days ago

Great times going with my 2 huskies up/down west ridge trail. Beautiful view once we got to the summit. Gets really chilly at the top so make sure you're prepared.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Great Hike. I took west ridge up and down, then back up south ridge and down west. Its a steady hike but not too difficult at all. west ridge trail is a bit easier than the south. Great views on a bare large summit

24 days ago

Fairly steep trail to the top, but worth it, 380 degree beautiful view- it was also a perfect day!

hiking
26 days ago

Very well maintained West Ridge Trail to summit is fairly easy. The South Ridge Trail is much steeper and less well maintained. Some nice views from West Ridge as you near the summit and 360 views from the rocky summit. Windy and cold today. Bring a jacket if you want to hang out on the summit for any length of time. There is a fire tower with a concrete footing so there is a wind break, but if it's crowded, the spot fills up quickly. SOuth Ridge trail is much more challenging but there are no views and its less well maintained and trafficked than the West Ridge Trail.

27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, beautiful view

1 month ago

A steep hike up the west ridge trail from the parking lot most of the way up. Loved this hike. It has amazing 360 degree views at the top with cairns along the way to navigate during inclement weather. Wet weather may make it tough above the tree line

hiking
1 month ago

I love fire towers. This was a great hike with a great view at the top. Check out my trip report with photos and some things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/cardiganfiretower

1 month ago

Love this easy hike! Lots of friendly hikers on the trail. Amazing views from the top!

2 months ago

Absolutely love this place!

hiking
2 months ago

Place is a little hard to find, up a winding gravel/paved path. Make sure you go to Cardigan Mountain RD and NOT Mount Cardigan Rd (different places!) We took the West Ridge trail up and back down in only 2 hours. I would rate the hike as easy and great for kids. Very beautiful view at the top. We didn't see any waterfalls only a few small dried up streams. Still enjoyed it though

hiking
4 months ago

Good for peak bagging. View is not that great but it's a fun hike up.

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4 months ago

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9 months ago

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1 year ago

1 year ago

Great 360deg view at the top

birding
1 year ago

Great hike if you've got a few hours to kill. Can be challenging under harsh conditions.

hiking
1 year ago

Nice hike with great views at the top. Nice spot to have a lunch and injoy the view before starting back

1 year ago

Easy hike until the granite top. ✨