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Loring S. on Mount Cardigan Loop Trail
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.
Today was in the 30s or lower and it was ICY! My boyfriend did not have any ice spikes, we were a little unprepared. I also dont have great ice spikes so I recommend getting some good ones if this is one of your first winter hikes. It was my second winter hike and it was so slippery we took a lot of painful falls. When we got towards the top it is a super tough push to the top of bare rock face. Super beautiful! A little strenuous towards to the top and too icy to be not prepared. We will definitely be more prepared for our winter endeavors but this was an overall tiring day. The view was absolutely spectacular and probably better than a 4000footer we climbed in September. Overall moderate hike, we took about an hour and a half due to being unprepared and out of breath but this would obviously be better had it not been icy!
Perfect Sunday hike. We did an out-and-back on West Ridge Trail - it was blowing pretty hard at the top so we didn't try to find South Ridge for the full loop. Will definitely come back in the warmer weather and check out more of the trail system in this park. Loved it.
Up the West ridge....great hike, not hard, surface today great for spikes (no snowshoes needed). Top was windless!! Perfect day! Awesome 360' view to all the great ski areas all around. Down South Ridge. Hike up only took 1.5 hours. Easy
Very easy hike for kiddos and whole family with 360 views. I try and do this one at least once a year. With my niece and nephew it takes 50 minutes up (they are not hikers) the views are amazing; specially for the quick hike up! Also a great hike to try for a sunset hike as the way down isn't too strenuous (I do suggest head lamps and flash lights just to be safe of course) Perfect hike for year round!
Great trail with some minor challenge. Hiked in the end of October so the scenery was amazing. Started out with beautiful fall colors and turned to fresh snow covered trees. Little icy near the summit when the rock slabs become a little more flat. It was also crazy windy so we stopped a little short of the fire tower.