Mount Cardigan Loop Trail

MODERATE 131 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.

3.1 miles
1250 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips


trail running




wild flowers





over grown




3 days ago

3 days ago

Great hike. Southern trail is definitely more challenging compared to the west trail. Great scenics views. I have done it many times with the family and the dog.

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17 days ago

My favorite place to hike. Great view of mount Washington in the spring. If it's windy on mount Washington you can see the snow blowing off of it.

21 days ago

met a couple hiking down Clark trail to AMC lodge. They said the Holt trail was not well marked from the summit and they couldn't find it. Beautiful day, great views, pretty easy hike.

22 days ago

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24 days ago

This was an ok hike. Not as physically challenging as I would like and the tower is never open for people but it was a good first hike for the puppy.

25 days ago

It was a tougher hike than I thought it would be but worth It! Even my Dogs were Tuckered out.

26 days ago

Absolutely amazing 360 degree views after a moderately strenuous, uphill hike. I made the hike with a 20lb baby on my back, and our slightly out of shape pup had a little trouble with some of the steeper rock formations. There are, however, usually some lesser taken paths around the most difficult parts if your canine friend struggles.

The hike to the top is only 1.5 miles, and well worth it.

28 days ago

One of the best hikes outside of the White Mountains. The West Ridge loop makes short work of accessing the rocky summit that has the feel of a much higher mountain, with extensive above tree line slabs of rock. Views in all directions. Can get crowded, as West ridge trail begins at a relatively high elevation, minimizing gain, however, still a strenuous hike.

1 month ago

1 month 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.

1 month ago

Great loop. Went up south rural trail (lightly trafficked) and down west ridge (lots of hikers). Stupendous views for a low "price" in terms of mileage. A classic and great for visitors

1 month ago

1 month ago

I really enjoyed this hike. The terrain is a challenging mix, with a lot of rock as you near the summit. Not going to lie, felt a bit disconcerted traversing all that rock with 360 degree exposure and the wind blowing (I'm a little afraid of heights). The spectacular views made it worth it, though! The bugs were limited, which was nice for relaxing. There are nooks and flat spots at the top to chill out with lunch or to catch some sun. We took West Ridge Trail in (orange), then took Clark Trail to South Ridge Trail (white) and picked up West Ridge again at the end. There are many adjacent trails to customize your hike! South Ridge was the most challenging of the three, at least for heading down. Was nice to relax on a bench in the grassy area in the parking lot once we were finished. Would definitely do this hike again!

1 month ago