nature trips


Cardigan State Park spans 5,655 acres and is an excellent area for hiking. A mountain road leads to trails on the west slope of Mount Cardigan as well as a trail to the summit. Mount Cardigan's 3,121-foot treeless granite summit affords outstanding views of west central New Hampshire, with a panorama that includes Mount Monadnock and the White Mountains, Camel's Hump in Vermont, and Pleasant Mountain in Maine.

Great hike. Southern trail is definitely more challenging compared to the west trail. Great scenics views. I have done it many times with the family and the dog.

Great hike with great views.

8 days ago

So fun! Challenging, so avoid during wet or icy weather.

My favorite place to hike. Great view of mount Washington in the spring. If it's windy on mount Washington you can see the snow blowing off of it.

Great trail! Holt trail was very steep, be prepared to do a lot of scrambling/climbing. I recommend descending down Vistamont, the last stretches of Skyland and into Woodland were pretty overgrown, definitely recommend pants.

Overall it was a fun hike. There are two great spots at the top to stop and see everything although the majority of it is wooded. Very easy to follow the signs. I would recommend it and do it again.

met a couple hiking down Clark trail to AMC lodge. They said the Holt trail was not well marked from the summit and they couldn't find it. Beautiful day, great views, pretty easy hike.

This was an ok hike. Not as physically challenging as I would like and the tower is never open for people but it was a good first hike for the puppy.

It was a tougher hike than I thought it would be but worth It! Even my Dogs were Tuckered out.

Perfect variety of terrain, beautiful views. Our group of all skill levels did the loop in 5 hours with stops to take in the view.

Absolutely amazing 360 degree views after a moderately strenuous, uphill hike. I made the hike with a 20lb baby on my back, and our slightly out of shape pup had a little trouble with some of the steeper rock formations. There are, however, usually some lesser taken paths around the most difficult parts if your canine friend struggles.

The hike to the top is only 1.5 miles, and well worth it.

One of the best hikes outside of the White Mountains. The West Ridge loop makes short work of accessing the rocky summit that has the feel of a much higher mountain, with extensive above tree line slabs of rock. Views in all directions. Can get crowded, as West ridge trail begins at a relatively high elevation, minimizing gain, however, still a strenuous hike.