Mount Cardigan Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews
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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


9 days 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


23 days ago

hiking

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


24 days ago

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


1 month ago

Absolutely love this place!


1 month ago

hiking

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


3 months ago

hiking

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


3 months ago

hiking


7 months ago

hiking


11 months ago

hiking


11 months ago

Great 360deg view at the top


1 year ago

birding

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


1 year ago

hiking

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. ✨


1 year ago

hiking

Great, easy hike for everyone.


1 year ago

hiking


1 year ago

hiking


1 year ago

hiking

Great hike on a Saturday morning. The weather was overcast and predicted to clear up, but never did. It was like hiking in the clouds when we got to the top. So needless to say there was not much of a view, but all-in-all it was still a great hike. I suggest you bring a wind breaker just in case!


2 years ago

hiking

Completed this hike in late June 2014 with my family. The climb up (bia the West Ridge Trail) is quite easy, except for a bit of rock scrambling towards the top, which is marked by cairns. The panorama atop Cardigan is fantastic, with 360 degree views toward Mt. Washington and the rest of the Whites, as well as views to Newfound Lake and Squam Lake. The views from nearby Firescrew Mountain (3,051') are much the same, reached by the Mowglis Trail from the summit of Cardigan. Overall, an amazing hike!


2 years ago

hiking

Great hike with stunning views! We'll be back again :)


2 years ago

hiking

Hard to beat this hike. Took three other dads and all of our three year old boys up with us this July. Boys were carried on shoulders most of the way, but they loved it. Great bald summit up top and good moderate hike from the lodge.