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Signal Ridge Trail to Mount Carrigain

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Signal Ridge Trail to Mount Carrigain is a 10.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Campton, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.8 miles Elevation Gain: 3,530 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

NOTE: Sawyer River Road is closed during the winter. You can still hike this trail, but you must park on 302 and hike to the trailhead, adding 2 miles each way to the hike. Though this peak is heavily wooded, there is a great section of exposed ridge near the top and an observation tower that offers a 360 degree view.

hiking
2 days ago

it was an awesome day for a hike it was a hard one but worth all the hard work. very muddy in places too. overall it was a great hike.

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muddy
rocky
3 days ago

An absolute blast of a hike! During the first 2.5 miles of the Signal Ridge trail you are warmed up with a smooth, easy path that only gains about 550ft over that distance. A majority of this time you wall alongside a swift moving stream with copious pools and a few waterfalls. The ground was a bit muddy, but easily avoidable. there was a crossing of a small tributary and as long as your sure footed, you can get past it and stay dry. At about the 2.5 miles mark, the leisurely stroll turns into a relatively aggressive climb. This climb is relentless and steep until you get to the ridge especially since the path becomes very rocky, most of which are loose. Definitely reccomend wearing ankle supportive boots or the sorts. This trail would probably not be the best for young children or those trying to carry young children. The views from the fire tower at the top were unreal and worth the heart pounding effort! My garmin and GPS put this hike at about 9.8 miles and I very accurately stayed on course/the trails.

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muddy
rocky
5 days ago

Parked at the lot to the left on sawyer rd-no fee. Trail starts right across from there. Easy first two miles then heart pounding 3 miles or so to the summit along a long tight wooded vertical ridge that puts your endurance to the test. All rocks and tree roots. False Summit was the best place to eat lunch, views were unreal. To get to the actual summit you go along the ridge back in the woods and reach the fire tower where you can climb up top for 360 views. Most rewarding hike. Clocked 10.3 miles in just about six hours including 10 minute break.

Trail is easy to ~2 miles, then proceeds to ascend steeply to the ridge. Last half mile over the col has fantastic views. Strenuous and rewarding! A+

hiking
rocky
scramble
16 days ago

the view was definitely worth the hike, only 500ft of elevation in the first 2.5 miles, the strenuous parts being the middle 5.5 miles. to the top this rounds out to 11 miles

hiking
18 days ago

What a difference a day makes. Started out cold but warmed up nicely. Nice and sunny on top with no wind! You could see for miles. Trail is a nice walk in the woods for 2.5 miles and then it's up to the top while walking on rocks. Lots of switchbacks and diagonal up the slope. Seemed to take forever to get to the false summit. Just a short distance from there to the top. Trail was busier than most I've been on this year. Counted around 20 people heading up as I headed back down. 3 hours up and 2.5 hours down with a short stay on top for lunch and views. Trail was clear and easy to follow. Only water was at the base, so bring what you need. There is a well near the top of the summit but it's labeled non-potable.

The epitome of you get out what you put in. Trail is wonderful for two miles and gentle but consistently up the rest of the way. A very cool section of ridge line before the final pitch to the fire tower at the summit. It was a completely clear day with VERY strong winds which made it cold up top. You could see all the way to Washington and beyond.

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike! I will have to do it again because the summit was socked in but the trail was a nice challenge. Very rocky and steep midway up but a nice flat walk in to get your muscles warmed up.

hiking
1 month ago

The most spectacular false summit! And the actual summit ain’t too bad either

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Always a great hike up the Signal Ridge Trail to Mt. Carrigain. The first 2.5 miles are nice easy uphill to level ground and serve as a great warmup for for the last 2.5 miles to the summit. It somehow seems longer than it is but the views from the tower make it all worth while. Some of the finest in the Whites for sure! Trail is in great shape with just a couple minor step-overs and a very easy water crossing right now. A few loose rocks on the way up so watch your footing on the way down for sure. The views from the ridge just before the final climb to the summit towards Carrigain Notch and Vote Spur are great too. Plenty of swimming holes and areas to cool off by the river on a hot day as well.

Great easy trail! It was a rainy day for us so there were no views. Hiked up for flags on the 48! The wind was wiping on the fire tower! Such a great day. Brought up some newbies and they’re hooked!

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Excellent hike! First 2.5 miles easy, a beautiful walk in the woods. Second half intermediate/hard, nothing very technical just a lot of cardio. Lots of loose rocks in some areas, wouldn’t love this one in the rain. Unbelievable views from false summit about .5 miles from the summit. Views from the tower to die for!

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes so far! Beautiful trail and amazing views!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

This hike is moderate as far as the NH48 go. But once you hit 2+ miles and the elevation starts in earnest it goes on and on; many times you can look ahead and the trail just seems to go to infinity. Sometimes demoralizing, the views from the ridge and the tower more than make up for it.

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bugs
muddy
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

#45 on the list but #1 in my

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muddy
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

A solid day hike! Took a bit to kick in to elevation but a great progression once it starts. Not many lookouts on the way up but the top prior to the peak has stunning views of the Notch. Lookout tower is cool once you hit the peak.

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muddy
2 months ago

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bugs
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

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