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Mount Cardigan Loop Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Canaan, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.0 mi Elevation gain 1,181 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bugs

Muddy

Over grown

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

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Please note: access road may close seasonally. Please research prior to your visit.

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Reviews (542)
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Recordings (387)
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Percilla Tran
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Hiking

Excellent hike with 360 views at the top. There's a fast uphill climb - mostly shaded at the start and then opens up near the top. The descent is pretty steep when going down Clarke's trail. Anyone with knee/ankle or any weak leg issues should use hiking shoes/hiking sticks or reconsider the trail. Sunscreen and bug spray highly recommended. Some parts were muddy/damp so there are lots of bugs.

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Sharath Kumar
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HikingGreat!

This was a great trial. We went on the west ridge trial and then towards skyline trial to reach the summit. The view on skyline trial is really awesome. Although the way towards summit in direction is pretty steep. Most people suggested taking this route while coming down the summit. In any case don't miss taking this route.

Sarah B.
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HikingGreat!

Great trail with great views. Lots of people and dogs. Would recommend west ridge up and south ridge down. South ridge was less crowded.

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Tim Gomes
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HikingMuddy

Great trail great views great conditions. Just do it!

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Larry M
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Hiking

Haven't done Cardigan since a winter climb over 40 years ago from the Holt Trail side. Nice hike today. No mosquitoes!! Didn't need bug spray. Went clockwise and happy we did. Faster to the summit and less scrambling over rocks and roots going up. Not overly crowded this particular Friday. On the trail at 8:15. Great views from the summit. Good views from Lafayette to Washington.

Megan Walker
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Hiking

Fairly quick hike with a spectacular view! Coming down South Ridge is pretty steep but still well worth it. Without a doubt I will be doing this hike again.

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cheryl deuel
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HikingRockyScramble

One of our favorites....perfect hiking conditions: sunny in 70s...lots of ppl and dogs. Parking non existent. Grateful it’s such a rewarding hike....and I saw my first ever BEAR on trail! Initially he was just off trail but then sauntered towards trail so we moved on....medium size bear.

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Jared Grace
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

So this was the second time I did Mount Cardigan, the first time I was completely socked in on West Ridge Trail (which is also beautiful). We decided to go down the loop this time and didn't regret it. It was a beautiful day up on Cardigan with views forever. When you come off the summit and continue on the loop, you lose elevation pretty quickly so, needless to say, it's steep. The rocks are really weathered so it's not too worrisome but it could be slightly vertigo inducing for some. There is a section, once you're in the woods, that is extremely steep. It's not super technical but it's steep so be aware of that. All-in-all this was a great trip.

Kirsten Burrows
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Hiking

Narrow trail on the South Ridge Trail, very steep at the top with the rock cap. Very minimal people so it made for a difficult but enjoyable hike.

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Samantha Pignatiello
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HikingRockyScramble
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Patti Malone
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HikingGreat!MuddyRocky

trail was great, wonderful views at the summit.

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Jo G.
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Hiking

Minimal effort & maximum reward. Loved this hike!! Highly recommend South Ridge up and West Ridge down.

William Benedum
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky
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Nick Biron
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HikingBugsRocky

great views

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Ben Ripple
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HikingRockyScramble

Fantastic trail. West ridge is easier on way up and south ridge a bit longer but rewarding with steeps on way down. Fantastic reward for short mileage

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Micaela K
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Fun, moderately challenging hike with great views. As others have suggested, we went up south ridge and down west. I would recommend this to others as well. The last bit of south ridge was basically a long flat rock at a steep incline (definitely recommend hiking boots/shoes with good grip). Much easier to go up than down this way. We were a bit confused by the trail markers. Trails are not color coded by trail name, which caused some confusion at intersections. Follow the orange markers (at the first intersection, the orange markers split into two directions; stay slightly right to follow south ridge) to the first summit (Rimrock). Then, follow the white trail markers until the final summit (where the fire tower is). To go back via west ridge, follow the orange markers back to the bottom.

Rick Ducott
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Hiking

Great quick hike. We made the round trip in just over 2 hours, 50 minutes up the west ridge, and another 50 down the south ridge by way of Clark trail and south peak. The way down was very steep but the views throughout were spectacular. We arrived at noon and the parking lot was half full on a very hot Sunday. As another member said, a great “bang for your buck hike” - we’ll definitely come back.

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Tony Arsenal
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