Mount Carrigain sits high up in the White Mountains at 4,700 feet, making it NH’s 13th highest peak. This 10 mile round trip hike attracts hikers from all around New England and beyond with the beautiful views from the Signal Ridge Trail, and the full 360 degree views at the summit watchtower that allow hikers to see more of the White Mountains than just about any other hike in the state.
Hikers park their cars at the Signal Ridge Trailhead located on Sawyer River Road just off of Route 302 in Crawford Notch. This road is closed in winter, adding a few miles to the winter ascent of this hike.
The first couple miles of the hike wind you through the woods, and take you across a river where you may need to remove your boots during high water times. There are various potential camping spots as well.
This hike gains 3,250 feet of elevation, and the trail rises quickly in the last couple miles of the hike, making it challenging, but extremely rewarding. Once you hit Signal Ridge, you will see the steep drop-offs of Mount Carrigain and beautiful views of the surrounding peaks. From the ridge, you will also catch sight of the watchtower at the summit. Many hikers choose to take a snack or lunch break along Signal Ridge as it offers many great sit down view spots.
Another .5 miles from signal ridge, and a quick couple hundred feet of elevation gain will bring hikers to the summit watchtower, where the views are truly incredible. This platform rises above the trees of the summit, to provide unobstructed views in all directions.
North facing views show off NH’s highest peaks on the presidential range, and south facing viewers can see all the way to the lakes region and beyond.
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