Mount Cardigan (Easy hiking – NH Lakes Region)
What you’ll see: Mount Cardigan, located in the Lakes Region of Central New Hampshire is one of the best places to be, with its 360-degree views and open ridge walks.
On the east side of the mountain, start your hike at the AMC’s Cardigan Lodge and Reservation. This trip utilizes the following three trails: Holt, Cathedral Forest, and Clark trails. While on the Holt trail, you will cross over Bailey Brook, a tempting but chilly swimming hole. Once you are on the Clark Trail, experience PJ Ledge; from here on up the trail primarily runs over granite slabs. PJ Ledge will give you a taste of the view you will see at the summit. Look out over Newfound Lake and the surrounding mountains. Once at the summit, climb the fire tower and say hello to the warden, who is always keeping a watchful eye out for any fires. To the east one can see all the way to Lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossippee and Belknapp Mountains, and on a particularly clear day, you might even catch a glimpse of Mount Chocorua. To the west, you can look into Vermont’s rolling hills. To the north you can just begin to see the White Mountains, when the skies are clear.What you’ll experience: