Ascent of Mount Cardigan on 2012-10-13

Climber: Jeffrey McLean

Others in Party:Elizabeth
Date:Saturday, October 13, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Cardigan
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3123 ft / 951 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed Cardigan and Firescrew via the West Ridge Trail. Planned to take Mowglis across the ridge from the Summit of Caridgan to Firescrew. The trail up to Cardigan was very well used but in excellent shape. Some bad erosion in places but not terrible. The ascent is very gradual with plenty of places to rest and catch your breath. Once you pop out onto the bald top it's only a brief climb before the fire tower is in site and you'll make it up very quickly. This is a very large flat summit, so finding a place to sit secluded shouldn't be a problem even on particularly busy days. After a snack up top we turned north and started down Mowglis. At this point we were headed straight into a harsh, could, and relentless wind. After only a few steps we abandoned and headed for the base. On the way down there were TONS of people headed up. Once we reached the bottom the entire parking lot was full and cars had spilled over and down the access roads. So the lesson here is to get to this place early or you might risk not having a place to park. Otherwise this is great. The west ridge trail is very easy. One hour to an hour and a half for a steady paces hiker. Allow more time if you're taking it easy.
Summary Total Data
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
First really cold day. Very windy up top
Ascent Part of Trip: Cardigan - Firescrew

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Cardigan2012-10-13 

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