Mount Cardigan; You’ll See A Whole New World

View of Mount Cardigan from Ruggles Mine

A hike easy enough for novice explorers, Mount Cardigan in both Orange and Canaan, NH offers lovely trails that wind their way to the summit. The Cardigan Mountain State Park consists of a vast 5655 acres and the summit of Mount Cardigan sits at 3121 feet.

Explore the sprawling granite peak while relaxing and enjoying the 360 degree panoramic views. Weather permitting, you may be able to see Lake Winnipesaukee to the east, Mount Monadnock and the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the north, Camel’s Hump to the west in Vermont and even Pleasant Mountain in Maine off to the north east.

Mt. Cardigan, Orange NHCardigan Mountain: Orange, NH

You can hike Mount Cardigan from several vantage points year round. If hiking in the off season please note that the trails are un-monitored and often very icy. It’s not for the inexperienced hiker. Bring crampons!

There are several trails to access the summit of Mount Cardigan. The West Ridge Trail is the easiest to hike and is a great choice for families wishing to enjoy a nice hike and picnic at the summit. There is also the South Ridge Trail which poses a higher level of difficulty, but it is still rated as a class 1-2 trail.

Cardigan Mountain Views

Up for a challenge? Head for the east side. The East Side is the most challenging trail on Mount Cardigan. This trail is not exactly for those looking for a leisurely family day hike, it’s for those who wish to experience a tougher trail. More experienced hikers will enjoy this trail.

Mount Cardigan in Orange, NH has a trail that everyone can enjoy – from novice and children to the advanced hikers who wish to experience more of a challenge. Which ever way you choose to hike to the summit, you’ll enjoy panoramic view of the Upper Valley and beyond.

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