Ascent of Mount Cardigan on 2021-05-15

Climber: Chip Carpenter

Date:Saturday, May 15, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Cardigan
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3123 ft / 951 m

Ascent Trip Report

day was beautiful... 58° to start and 78° on return to the parking lot - which was full... bugs were out... and the trail was dry.
first time on the west ridge trail... it was clearly established for a moderate ascent until the last push up the cone in the final 0.30 of a mile. great way to introduce families and the general public to hiking.

Cardigan has it all... attractive base lodge, numerous well kept trails, a bare cone with 360° views and an iconic fire-tower. Mt Washington and all the major peaks in Vermont and New Hampshire were visible in all directions.

synchronistic meeting with Isabella and James who were descending...

Erythronium americanum, commonly called yellow adder's tongue, yellow trout lily, yellow fawn lily or yellow dog-tooth violet was abundant

my brother joined me on this climb which was our second time on the mountain together... first in 1956.
we were grateful that 65 years later... these two 70 plus year old's would still be to be able to do it again together and keep within the suggested ascent time.

10:15 start
11:30 summit
12:15 leave
01:35 down
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1194 ft / 363 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:west ridge trail
    Trailhead:1929 ft / 587 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes

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