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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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Andrew Stich
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Lauren Scungio
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Lisa Collanzo
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I hiked this for the view, but the summit was absolutely covered in fog, very very low visibility. However, it was eerie and beautiful all the same and the trail is lovely and challenging. Plan to do again on a clear day.

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Jayson Brennen
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Excellent trail. It was beautiful up top with 360 degree views. If you're coming up 93, Google Maps takes you through several little towns and down dirt roads for several miles. Dont worry, you'll get there. Hike up was moderate via West Ridge Trail. The top was awesome. Hike down via South Ridge Trail also very good. Several viewing spots, boulders, and pretty steep in areas.

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Megan Walker
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John Brockway
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Andrew Clarke
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Michele Lutzen Durham
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Great trail. Marked well.

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Ally Phillips
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Amazing views from the summit! Was pretty busy on the trail.

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Josh Jackson
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Leslie Minchin
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Jonathan Mulla
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Mike B.
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Mount Cardigan's reputation for amazing views is well deserved! This particular loop was great; we took the West Ridge Trail up the mountain and then the South Ridge Trail back down. The views going down were even better than the views going up, and the south side of the mountain was much less crowded. When driving to the trailhead, don't be put off by the dirt road; just when you think you are lost and there is no state park entrance this remote, you're there! This is a wonderful, family-friendly hike with an appropriate "moderate" rating.

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Krys LeMay
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Definitely difficult for someone who doesn't hike all the time. Needed my inhaler on the way up but the views were definitely worth it.

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Brad Kolenski
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Mindy Marchetti
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Amy Williams
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Did a sunrise hike and was gorgeous! This trail is easily marked and great for any activity level. I went up the west ridge trail and went down the south ridge to Skyland to west ridge again. I HIGHLY suggest going across the skyland if your knees are fragile. I once went down the south ridge fully( Route that AllTrails suggest) and it was very steep that you had to go on your butt sometimes. The south ridge to skyland is better for knees!

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Olivia Paiva
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Amy McKenney
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Very fun. Brought Ally. Windy at the top

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Yuri Starodubtsev
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Anh B
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Brian Pratt
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Jingle B
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Loved this one best so far!

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Casey Bryson
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Great trail! Very well marked and the views are well worth the effort.

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EJ Thornton
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We hiked the West Ridge Trail up and back, steady up climbing most of the way with the last 1/4 to the top requiring scrambling over rocks. Gorgeous 360 degree views at the top. We hiked in 3 hours at a moderate pace and spent at least 30 min at the top for lunch. We are both in our 60's.

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Joe Semi
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Claire Coo
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Awesome view from top

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C.S. Patch
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Great trail with fantastic views. Some tight spots and rock scrambling. Can be done in 2-3 hours at a modest pace.

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