Mount Cardigan

Date of Hike: 2/16/14
Holt Trail  /  Holt-Clark Cutoff  /  Clark Trail: 5.0 miles
Trip Report:
- Sunday was a blue bird day in Southern New Hampshire so Alton and I decided to head to Mount Cardigan.  We were looking to do something short with views since Alton had Lasik eye surgery on Friday and couldn't sweat, raise her heart rate, and needed to keep putting drops in her eyes every half hour or so.  I had never hiked Mount Cardigan so I was looking forward to it.
-  The trails we took were well broken out and flooded with cross-county skiers on the bottom half and back country skiers on the upper half.  There were only a handful of other hikers out and we were outnumbered by skiers three to one. 
- Mount Cardigan instantly became a favorite mountain for me, it was a gentle hike up with incredible views in all directions from the bald summit.  There is a tower at the top of the mountain which was blasted in rime ice and snow.  We weren't able to spend much time at the top due to the constant 30 mph winds. 
-  I'm really looking forward to heading back in the summer and doing 'hill repeats' up it, starting with the Holt Trail!

 Holt Trail Junction
 Alton and Cole heading up the Holt-Clark Cutoff
 Cole trail running!
 Alton picks Cole up for a picute
 Ski slopes off in the distance
 Heading up the Clark Trail
 Perfect skiing conditions
 Cole waiting for us!
 Hikers struggling up the summit cone
 View from just below Mount Cardigan's summit
 Final approach to the summit
 Alton leads the way
 On the summit
 Looking towards the Firescrew
Mount Cardigan observation tower 
 Ski slpoes
 Heading back down
 A hiker making her way up to the top
 Nice big cairns to lead the way
 Alton descending
 Lil' cabin
 Alton torturing Cole!
 Alton and Cole running down Mount Cardigan
 Footbridge over a little brook
 Cole makes a new friend
 A.M.C. Cardigan Lodge
Mount Cardigan Trailhead (eastern side of mountain)

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