Holt Trail and Manning Trail Loop to Mount Cardigan is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Alexandria, New Hampshire that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.0 miles
1,899 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips



3 months ago

Great views but half of the Holt Trail markers are faded and often far and few between. Also the best views are found by going in reverse.

The holt trail sucks and often takes you up an unnecessarily difficult path (and treacherous for one part) when you could easily walk around the trail a few feet to avoid this. Unfortunately when you get to the rocky top of the mountain it takes you through dirt sections prone to being muddy. I was safer by simply walking up the dry rocky hills. It rained yesterday but was sunny today so everything EXCEPT THE TRAIL was dry.

Mount cardigan is still very worth it but summit it by literally any path other than Holt to spare yourself frustration and potential danger if it is even remotely wet or icy.

4 months ago

Fun hike but was very unfortunately clouded in on this day. The views must be insane. Lots of slab towards the summit that can be slippery when wet. I’d probably want to be doing this hike on a dry day. Still, the trails were great and despite the inability to see any distance it was a great hike. Will return on a clear day.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hiked Manning / Holt Loop over past weekend. Beyond some wet scramble up, a soaked by and cloud socked peak, cautious decent of rock - it was very manageable for mildly experienced climber.

Monday, September 04, 2017

This is NOT a moderate trail!!
Refer to each listing for individual trail information. Hike was VERY challenging in both directions. Thankfully the scenery was spectacular both during the ascent and from the summit. Beautifully clear day offered views of the distant mountains and Newfound lake. Trail is not appropriate for children and rock scrambles are fun for experienced hikers with aggressive tread hiking boots for added traction. Total time=5hrs including lunch break.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Holt trail is a difficult trail not for the inexperienced and definitely not for kids. Be sure you have grippy shoes and do not climb this trail when it's been wet. There were several places where you can stop, catch your breath and take in the amazing views.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016