Mount Cardigan Loop Trail

MODERATE 110 reviews

Mount Cardigan Loop Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1250 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

snow

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8 days ago

Great hike! Avoid the white marked trail as it is not a loop if you are coming down the mountain. West ridge in and out was the best.

14 days ago

loved this hike! Definitely going back again.

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15 days ago

Awesome trail & definitely rewarding view at the summit. It was extremely windy at the top but manageable. We did the loop counterclockwise, which provides a steeper incline on the way up. We went in mid-June and it was still very muddy so don't wear brand new sneakers! Overall very diverse trail with steep inclines and flat paths.

hiking
15 days ago

This hike was tough but doable and the panoramic view from the top (green trees, other rolling mountains, few small lakes) was worth it! We went counterclockwise to do the steep parts on the way up, but then accidentally cut across on the skyline trail after the south peak - this turned out to be a great shortcut while still getting more variety than an out-and-back. Trail was pretty muddy most of the way.

16 days ago

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23 days ago

This is a delightful loop, with sufficiently challenging steep climbs, forested switchbacks, and gentle grades over stretches of bedrock. A large proportion of the trail is on smooth open bedrock or with low growing vegetation offering panoramic views. Grabbing a peaceful nook on the summit (easy due to size) to picnic would make for a great beach day substitute. I did this loop clockwise and will do it counterclockwise next time for a steeper workout.

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30 days ago

Phenomenal views!

30 days ago

Saturday 05-27-17 The view was spectacular! A little wet this time of year, need waterproof boots. The open rock summit is a steep coming down the south trail. Would definitely do this again. Highly recommend!

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3 months ago

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