Mount Cardigan Loop Trail

MODERATE 155 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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4 days ago

Despite living within a half hour this was the first time I've ever done this hike. Overall it was great, well marked trail-we followed the West Ridge up and down. I did it with my 70 year old Grandmother, 7 year old daughter, 3 year old son and puppy and it was challenging enough but not too hard. The view at the top is amazing. The only downside is the very narrow road, insane parking situation, people literally must have hiked up half a mile from their parking spots! Also lots and lots of traffic with people going up and down and boat loads of dogs some not on leads (no problem) but had some that ran up not on lead which really isn't good because just because that dog is friendly doesn't mean the other is. Either way I would definitely do it again. Reminder, it's carry in and carry out, help to keep our parks clean and enjoyable!

5 days ago

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5 days ago

My boyfriend and I did this trail today to appreciate the fall foliage. It was a beautiful and well maintained trail. It was of moderate difficulty and the views from the top were lovely despite the fire tower being closed. My biggest tip for someone looking to hike this trail would be plan to go during the off hours. This is a very VERY popular trail full of families and dogs all trying to enjoy the same space. Parking was difficult and traffic on the trail itself was very heavy. All and all, it was a fun hike!

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11 days ago

West Ridge trail up & down. Moderate hike, steep in places, rock face, fantastic sweeping views. Great foliage hike. Will go back to explore other trails/the loop.

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14 days 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

hiking
15 days ago

Good hike. Well marked trail.
Can be busy with other hikers

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25 days ago

awesome hike and awesome views! if you're gonna do the loop I recommend going up. it's very steep most of the way till you reach the first peak.

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1 month ago

Quick fun hike! Brought the dogs, everyone got a little muddy, but overall great time!

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1 month ago

Took the west trail to the summit and back. Well marked trail, gorgeous view at the top! Well worth the effort :)

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1 month ago

Went up for a sunrise hike and it was beautiful! Got to the trailhead at 5:35 and was up at the summit in time for sunrise at 6:20. It was a bit foggy at first but made for beautiful photos. You could see for miles once the fog cleared. The way down was a little more difficult than the way up but still pretty easy! Took my small dog and he did great!

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1 month ago

Quick and easy for anyone with decent experience. Good views at the peak. Can be very very gusty up there.

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1 month ago

good half day hike