Ascent of Mount Cardigan on 2021-06-20

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, June 20, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Cardigan
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3123 ft / 951 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fathers Day afternoon hike. We've been to Mt. Cardigan many times before, but this was our first time climbing from the state park side. We started on the heavily-trafficked West Ridge Trail, then branched onto the much less used South Ridge Trail. This was a nice way to climb, with a difficulty level comparable to the Winslow Trail on Mt. Kearsarge. There were a few steep scramble sections approaching Rimrock. Views were excellent on this clear day. We took short breaks at Rimrock and South Peak. It's a nice ridge walk with views up to the top as you approach it. The final section on the Clark Trail is much steeper than if you go up the West Ridge Trail. We spent a while wandering around the summit enjoying the day. It was moderately busy. We descended on the West Ridge Trail, which was a much less exciting route, but good for the way back since it was easier.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1323 ft / 403 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1323 ft / 402 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1313 ft / 400 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1183 ft / 360 m; Extra: 130 ft / 39m
    Loss on way in:130 ft / 39 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:South Ridge Tr
    Start Trailhead:Cardigan State Park  1940 ft / 591 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1193 ft / 363 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1183 ft / 360 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:West Ridge Tr
    End Trailhead:Cardigan State Park  1940 ft / 591 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Mt. Cardigan 2021

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Rimrock2021-06-20 a 
2Mount Cardigan-South Peak2021-06-20 b 
3Mount Cardigan2021-06-20 c1323 ft / 403 m
Total Trip Gain: 1323 ft / 403 m    Total Trip Loss: 1323 ft / 403 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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