Ascent of Mount Cardigan on 2014-08-10

Climber: Matthew Ledwith

Others in Party:Adam and Alison Grosch (engaged)
Mitchell Riccardi
Date:Sunday, August 10, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Cardigan
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3123 ft / 951 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at the Appalachian Mountain Club lodge parking lot. Toured this nice facility with hot showers, lodging, and kitchen facilities right off the AT. Consulted a trail guide on the best path to the summit. He suggested, and we took, the Holt Trail to Clark Trail via Cathedral Trail (Holt-Clark Cutoff). This was the easiest climb to the top. Took us from 3:15 to 5:00p to reach the summit. The day was beautiful and clear but a little hazy in the distance. We could see the Whites to the north, Monadnock to the south, the Greens and Camelback to the west, and Maine to the east. The firetower on top was the least impressive I've seen yet in my fire tower challenges. It was almost one story and locked. There was a plaque on the tower in memory of Don Dickey, a local.

Striding up past stunted firs
above the streams below
nearer now the clouds to me
and winds begin to blow

Luscious greens to hues of blue
as ranges rise and fall
disappear from west to east
behind a summer squall

Raven mocks in pirouette
my lowly bond to earth
spinning rock since time began
in cataclysmic birth

Solitary yes
yet I am not alone
echoed souls still tread these trails
to gain this granite throne

- M.A. Helijas

The summit was bare exposed rock similar to the alpine zone of taller mountains. We learned it was wildfire scoured years ago. We enjoyed the summit for about thirty minutes. Rehydrating and taking pictures. We began our descent at 5:30p and reached the AMC by 8:00p, right around sundown.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1989 ft / 606 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Manning Trail to Holt Trail to Cathedral (Holt-Cla
    Trailhead:AMC Lodge  1134 ft / 345 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Humid day with large fluffy clouds in an otherwise clear sky. Hazy in the distant.
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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