Mount Carrigain via Signal Ridge Trail
The Signal Ridge Trail is a 5.2 one way hike to the summit, Mount Carrigain is often saved for last on the New England 4000 Footers list due to its height but moderate trail and of course its huge tower at the summit that gives this mountain the most viewable peaks in all the white mountains tied with Mount Washington, the tallest in the North East.
Trail Details: coming off of Sawyer River Road (closed in winter) the trail remains almost completely flat for the first two miles staying close to the Carrigain Brook. the trail begins to ascend quickly after passing the Carrigain Notch Trail. the remaining 3.2 miles become increasingly steeper and remain that way for about 2.7 miles when you reach your first major clearing. at this point to the right of you will be a breathtaking view of the presidential mountains with Mount Washington on the forefront. looking back ahead, the summit tower is clearly visible from about a half mile away. this reaming portion of the trail is relatively less steep until just before the summit, which has a decently steep grade to it. walking onto the partially tree covered peak almost completely obstructed by the supports for the tower, you can go around to the back side for the staircase or use one of its support legs as a stool to take in the summit. as you climb up to the top of the tower (which is the true prize of the climb) you finally get arguably the best view in all the white mountains. from this spot you can see 43 of the 48 White Mountain 4000 Footers and countless other peaks for hundreds of acers of land.
The trailhead is 2 miles down Sawyer River Road from route 302 on the right hand side. the parking area is on the left.
At just over 10 miles round trip this might not be the best trail for small children, but might be good for older kids or teens that can handle the mileage and steeper terrain.
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