Mount Carrigain gets its name from Philip Carrigain… Keep an eye out for beavers and moose in the flat, boggy section just after the crossing and bear left at the trail junction with the Carrigain Notch Trail. We did desolation trail - brutally great. It’s about protecting what sustains us. Difficult but so worth it, especially spread out over multiple days. Don’t stop here though, because pushing on to the summit of Mount Carrigain rewards you with a 360-degree view from the observation tower, where you’ll see the Franconia Ridge, the Presidential Range, Mount Chocorua, and more. There's an old fire watch tower that has a 360 degree view of White Mountain National Forest. A friend and I did this as an overnight. The accent to Carrigain from the north west was the steeper part compared to our descent off the south east. It is a 5 mile hike up the Signal Ridge Trail to the tower, slightly longer if you approach through the Wilderness Area and up Desolation trail. It is a 5 mile hike up the Signal Ridge Trail to the … We promise not to annoy you, but if you wish, you may unsubscribe at any time. Most of the elevation gain is done after this junction, and the ascent is steady once it starts going up. Carrigan are amazing. Mt. I highly suggest stocking up on water at Carrigan Notch trail junction as we were thirsty and running low by the time we reached the top. Moose area as well! Lovely last two miles alongside the river with a decent amount of day-hiking traffic.

Started late on Tuesday at the Nancy Pond trailhead, hike up the falls was tough but enjoyable with some sketchy river crossings due to the recent rain (managed not to get any boots wet). Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. The Signal Ridge Trail is fairly easy for the first couple of miles as it meanders along and crosses Carrigain Brook. Have updates, photos, alerts, or just want to leave a comment? There is a small dispersed camping area just below the fire tower, requiring leave no trace camping skills. We started at Signal Ridge Trailhead on Sawyer River road to ascend up to Mount Carrigain that way (so essentially the opposite of this map). Mt. Carrigain Fire Tower, located on the edge of the Pemigewasset Wilderness, is a large open platform with railing with some of the best views on the Forest. Great back country campsites, use bear canisters(little to no bear bag trees).

Hike up desolation around lunchtime was quite the feat and required a decent amount of scrambling. I've heard it's the only peak other than Mount Washington that has a view of 45 of the NH48. All rights reserved. Super steep, basically rock climbing for parts of it, and really hard on the knees. Cascade falls were nice, lots of day hikers so mask up. Lots of mud and puddles to work around. Second day started easy for the first 3 miles trending gently downward, with some fallen trees across trail. Of the 48 4,000-footers in New Hampshire, Mount Carrigain is ranked 13th in height at 4,700 feet. We added the spur to Mount Nancy the first day which was nice. Intense going up with 30 lb packs roughly. Would have gone further to Nancy pond but it was 90 degrees and we were already so tired. This 4 day three night backpack is generally over easy to moderate terrain except for the short steep climb of Carrigain from the north via the Desolation Trail. Turn off your ad blocker to see a map of this trail, Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliff Trail, Arethusa Falls Via Bemis Brook and Arethusa Falls Trails, Mount Crawford, Stairs Mountain and Mount Resolution, Signal Ridge Trail, Desolation Trail, and Carrigain Notch Trail Loop. Take it slow, mind your footing, and it’ll reward you with crystal clear and incredible cold stream waters below. Water crossing. The waterfall is gorgeous, but the trail is pretty steep and long back to the Nancy pond trailhead. This is a scenic hiking destination, and one of the 4000 footers. Some loose footing. Good water sources before and especially after Mt Carrigain. 71 White Mountain Drive Going down desolation trail was HARD. Carrigan via Nancy and Norcross Pond Loop is a 17.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bartlett, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as difficult. We believe good things come from people spending time outside. Outdoor Project may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers.

Two convenient campsites to top, good company, and stupendous 5am clearing of the views made for a worthwhile night. The Signal Ridge and Mount Carrigain offer outstanding views of the White Mountains while avoiding the larger crowds on more popular, nearby 4,000-footers. Good views from the pond. While the cabin and observation tower were in use, a road led to the top, and many of the trails in the area are part of old logging roads. The views from Norcross Pond into the Pemi wilderness and from Mt. Forest Service Home | USDA.gov | recreation.gov | Recreation Customer Service Standards | USA.gov | Whitehouse.gov, Plug-Ins | FOIA | Accessibility Statement | Privacy Policy | Important Notices | Information Quality, https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whitemountain/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=74893&actid=50. This was such a nice route. The trailhead is on a seasonal dirt road with a very large parking area, and the trail starts across the road from the parking lot. Getting to Norcross Pond is mostly level with some elevation gain. Steady incline in the entire way. It’s worth all the work when you finally reach the ridge, where you’ll see Mount Lowell, Mount Washington, and other surrounding peaks in the White Mountains. Plenty of space for us. © 2020 Outdoor Project. Ridgeline was beautiful even after the fog rolled back in later that morning. Great set of back country camp spots when you get to the junction of the Carrigain Notch Trail by three streams. The views at Norcross Pond are out of this world! There were loads of spots to camp around this area. Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. We walked a just a short distance down the path to Still Water and saw a good spot on the opposite side of the brook. It was also much less trafficked than the south east. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Carrigain at 4,700' is #13 on the 4,000 footer … Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter packed with the best adventure guides, travel ideas, news, and articles.

Rocky trails near the end, was nice to reach the parking lot and flat dirt. Views are spectacular on a clear day! Mount Carrigain gets its name from Philip Carrigain, who served five years as New Hampshire’s Secretary of State starting in 1805. Started at Sawyer Road parking lot and did a 2 night 3 day. Mt. Steady elevation climb, little to no switch packs so prepare to stand aside and prep face masks for day hikers and joggers. Desolation trail is one of the toughest in the Whites but it makes for a nice and direct ascent. First campsite near Norcross was lovely with easy access to water on a smaller set of falls. Map showing recreational areas. The old fire warden’s cabin no longer remains, but an old well can be seen to the right as you ascend. Carrigan via Nancy and Norcross Pond Loop is a 17.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bartlett, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Definitely a tough hike, you will want to allow a lot of time especially if you are backpacking with weight. It towers the surrounding area at 4,700 feet and most of the elevation gain is saved for the last three miles. Completely fogged out all afternoon and night at peak with a decent wind. It was reasonably steep and technical at parts but really not crazy compared to some of the things we've all seen in the Whites.

Map Information. I … It’s about building relationships with the outdoors and each other. Made it down sawyer river road early afternoon and hitched a ride with another backpacker to parking lot at Nancy Pond trailhead. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure. Overall this loop is not designed for hiking/backpacking newcomers, but offers great views of the whites with varied scenery including waterfall, ponds, and a 360 panorama view. The exposed ridge coming off the south east side is beautiful too. Mt. Carrigan via Nancy and Norcross Pond Loop. Lots of wet, muck on the trail around the ponds with some rotting or sunken boards to navigate. Pretty trails, one good logging trails that’s worth the photo. Carrigain Fire Tower, located on the edge of the Pemigewasset Wilderness, is a large open platform with railing with some of the best views on the Forest.

Mount Carrigain is a tough hike. Arrived at Nancy and Norcross around sunset to some astounding views and made eyes with a lady moose. Out hike was fine out past Nancy Pond, as we descended gradually it got pretty rocky. Nice trail though and the views are worth the hike. Great place to have lunch and refill on water. The view from Carrigain was amazing. I parked at the trailhead next to Sawyer River Road. The trail offers a number of …

Campton NH 03223. It’s about nourishment and learning. Very few good backcountry campsites(maybe 1 or 2) not much level ground so either level it yourself or hammock. Mount Carrigain via Signal Ridge, Desolation Trail + Nancy Pond Trail Loop. It’s about more than standing on the mountain top. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out. The views from the ridge leading up to the fire tower are stunning, even better than the actual summit! The sign for Nancy cascade says 2.5 miles but according to my odometer, it is more like 3 miles. Rocky trail. Mt. Nearest water about 1/4 mile down the Signal Ridge side in an old well. You will want lots of water, as there are about 6-7 miles without a reliable water source. Requires a little walking on the road to make a loop but well worth it. The Signal Ridge and Mount Carrigain offer outstanding views of the White Mountains while avoiding the larger crowds on more popular, nearby 4,000-footers. Slow picking downward on Signal Ridge trail but was definitely grateful to be hiking that side down instead of desolation. When you see the alpine lake, it’s pretty awesome. Of the 48 4,000-footers in New Hampshire, Mount Carrigain is ranked 13th in height at 4,700 feet.