Mount Cardigan Trail

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Mount Cardigan Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Canaan, NH that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.1 miles 1082 feet Loop
dog friendly hiking views waterfall wildlife bugs muddy over grown rocky
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Megan Christine
3 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Megan Christine
3 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Paul Warrender
4 months ago

47 Completed47 Reviews

James Kurzawa
7 months ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

Ryan C.
7 months ago

Great 360deg view at the top

Jonathan Marshall
9 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike if you've got a few hours to kill. Can be challenging under harsh conditions.

Chip Gray
9 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Nice hike with great views at the top. Nice spot to have a lunch and injoy the view before starting back

Aubrie Porcelli
9 months ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

Easy hike until the granite top. ✨

Matt Manganiello
10 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Great, easy hike for everyone.

Matt Manganiello
10 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Tomoko M.
10 months ago

Jeremy Eddy
1 year ago

22 Completed2 Reviews

Great hike on a Saturday morning. The weather was overcast and predicted to clear up, but never did. It was like hiking in the clouds when we got to the top. So needless to say there was not much of a view, but all-in-all it was still a great hike. I suggest you bring a wind breaker just in case!

Michael Lajoie
1 year ago

23 Completed15 Reviews

Completed this hike in late June 2014 with my family. The climb up (bia the West Ridge Trail) is quite easy, except for a bit of rock scrambling towards the top, which is marked by cairns. The panorama atop Cardigan is fantastic, with 360 degree views toward Mt. Washington and the rest of the Whites, as well as views to Newfound Lake and Squam Lake. The views from nearby Firescrew Mountain (3,051') are much the same, reached by the Mowglis Trail from the summit of Cardigan. Overall, an amazing hike!

Traci Davies
1 year ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Great hike with stunning views! We'll be back again :)

Will Swanson
1 year ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Hard to beat this hike. Took three other dads and all of our three year old boys up with us this July. Boys were carried on shoulders most of the way, but they loved it. Great bald summit up top and good moderate hike from the lodge.

Eric Ruffin
2 years ago

162 Completed102 Reviews

My wife and I summited Mount Cardigan yesterday around 10am via the West Ridge Trail. Very gentle climb to very bald/rocky summit where great views could have been taken in if it weren't for the snow squall that developed while we were in trail. This was a great "first winter excursion" for my wife who really enjoyed the hike despite the weather.

Paul Goble
2 years ago

16 Completed15 Reviews

Mt Cardigan is one of my favorites and I've now hiked this peak the 1st Saturday of the past two Novembers. Both days were nice and I must say I like to hike the Holt trail straight to the summit but I took the Clark trail this past time and found it to be a really great experience. The views at the summit are fantastic too!

Nora and Peter R.
2 years ago

89 Completed31 Reviews

Gorgeous trail! Moderate complexity, relaxing walk in the forest and very nice hike on the rocks when you are approaching the summit. The view from the summit is just breathtaking: no words to describe the brightest colors of the fall. Yes, it is a bit crowded but it is really not too bad. If the parking lot is full, you can park on the curbside. Wonderful and relaxing hike to enjoy New Hampshire foliage, and it is the best in the world.

Shari K Gardner
2 years ago

7 Completed4 Reviews

Very beautiful, very calm and peaceful at the top, except for the bees by the tower,

Anna Sutton Stinson
2 years ago

5 Completed1 Reviews

Great moderate trek that can be completed by intrepid newbies and enjoyed by old hands as well. Bring wind layers for the summit!