Manning Trail, Clark Trail, and Holt Trail Loop to Mount Cardigan is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Alexandria, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,876 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

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nature trips

walking

forest

views

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4 months ago

What an amazing day we had on this trail. Started at AMC lodge (very cool in of itself) and headed up Manning. Got the heart beating and the sweat pouring (it was 100 degrees plus today) for much of the ascent but when we got to the first viewpoint it was all worth it. The slight scrambles up the ridge to the summit were challenging but doable. Firescrew was gorgeous. The summit and fire tower could never be described with mere words - absolutely breathtaking on this hot, but clear day. The descent down Clark was tough on the toenails at first, but then wasn’t bad at all. Will absolutely do this trail again!

5 months ago

Great hike. Lots of rock-face near the top which I don’t love. Very windy at the top too. But good challenging hike. We went up manning and down Clark, per recommendations we saw here. Glad we did that. Took us 3 hours including a short break.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Wonderful hike! I would definitely recommend going up via Manning. There are some granite scrambles that would make descending Manning more difficult, especially if wet. The last 1/2 mile before Mowglis gave one great view after the other looking back toward the east and Newfound Lake. We hiked Mt. Moosilauke the next day and felt like this hike was more fun and dramatic with the open granite scrambles. BTW- Mount Moosilauke was still great.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Did this trail in reverse which made it much more difficult but still a great hike! Went up Clark and down Holt. At one point we passed a sign saying that this was the steepest hike in New England. Took 4 guys of different ages around 6 hours to complete.

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