Backpacking: Mt Cardigan, Alexandra NH - 2days 1night ( Intermediate Trip )
small elevation gain. Staying in a tent.
Day #1 - 8 miles @ 1.25mph = 6.5 hours hiking time.
Day #2 - < 4.1miles @ 1.75mph = 5 hours
This trip is ideally for the first time backpacker, good introduction. The more experience'd packer could consider this fun for the interesting geographic stops along the trail as well as socialization and great views into Vermont while the sun sets. Due to the small camping space sleeping under the stars or buddy-ing up with another backpacker will be a must... FYI
Journey: Trip will follow the Welton Falls Trail & ridge out of Hebron NH to Elwell trail to Mt Cardigan Summit.
Day 1 - Hike 7.6 miles to just past Crag Shelter (lean-to) Then camp on ridge. Tents preferred. Shelter is very tired... Has water source. That night hike to the summit watch the sun go down over Vermont and return to camp for the night. Sights along the way will be the Cillies cave and hanging Rock.
Day 2 - Hike Continue on to Mt Cardigan Summit stopping at Grotto Cave that morning. Take the West Ridge trail off the summit cross over Cliff's Bridge. Take a left on Skyland Trail over Rimrock and Orange Mountain. Left again on Vistmont Trail to Grand Jct then a right to the AMC Lodge and Left onto the lower manning trail Checking out Welton Falls a deep cave " Not named". Cars are parked about 10 minutes down stream of Welton Falls where there is another good swimming hole where there we pickup our shuttle back to our starting point along with your street cloths and what ever other tasty s we cache there for a picnic on the river.
Option #1- Free car camping Friday Night at the trail head for those looking for a full fun weekend. I can send info for this...
Food-Cold or Warm, Warm freeze dried add water only. OR if you want something that need simmering you need to bring your own pot for the community stove.
Need some Loaner stuff.. ?????
Because this is geared to first timers or intermediates, more seasoned packers attending would love you to add you incite to gear and life, independently on the trail
Seeing this is a beginner trip with a little more distance involved. We could, before we leave on the trail, start you off checking gear and talking about good packing styles of a multiple day trip & Food planning. Food planning is a skill in its self for a enjoyable time. We can cover other things like Pack fit human hygiene in the woods. What ever there might be a question. Or, we just sit and chill with a cup of coffee till we leave..:-)
Once in camp if there is interest. We can talk about other related backpacking tricks or skills. Things like low impact or survival topic's. One of my favorite things is to try to teach people how to fire without matches or lighter. Best survival tool in my opinion.. Good campsite fun..
Trip Planning & Research:
I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "Southern NH White Mountain Guide", trail maps, and USGS maps and also the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.
Map # 2
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