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Carrigain (4680 ft.) Intermediate-advanced

The meeting time and milage arecurrently tentative! I am assuming the road will be open the weekend of the hike, but I will call and check as we get closer. Please RSVP knowing this is a possibility (that is an extra 4 miles to the hike)!

Let’s hike another 4000 footers on my list…Carrigain. This is a nice ten mile hike with a wonderful picturesque prize at the end. There will be some awesome views from the ridge and especially the tower which was just redone last Fall. Great people, plenty of good humor, and hopefully lots sunshine will be in store. Please read and understand the whole description before you RSVP. Currently, I will need to screen all participants before the hike via email/phone call; this is done to further insure safety and enjoyment during the hike.

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We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.

Please read the entire event description before you RSVP. It is important, not only for your safety, but that of the entire group. Answer all RSVP questions or you will be taken off the list until you do so.

The start time is the time we hit the trail (NOT THE TIME TO ARRIVE), so please be there early and ready to roll at 700am!

Dogs are not allowed on hikes I organize. I love dogs, but believe they pose as a safety risk for the group. I apologize to fellow dog lovers in advance.

TRIP SUMMARY
On this slow to moderate pace trip we will use Signal Ridge Trail out and back. We will hike about 10 miles and climb about 3297 feet( according to AMC WMG). It should take an average hiker about 8 hours to complete, but there is no rush-safety first. I’m planning on 9-10 hours, but it may take longer. You will need to be prepared for steep and rough sections.

Weather

Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two ahead of time. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.

Current conditions : http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/forecast.php .

Below is a list describing the minimum required items to participate in this event. Hiking safely is about being prepared so that you can respond to an emergency situation or spend a night in the woods if you have to.

Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.

Footwear: Waterproof hiking boots with synthetic or wool socks. Gaiters to keep the mud, water, and rocks out of your boots. Kahtoola Microspikes or Hillsound Crampons are acceptable and optional for this hike. Since we won't be using these items all of the time either have space in your pack or a way to secure them to the outside of it.

Clothing: Dress in synthetics, fleece, and/or wool layers to easily regulate body temperature. Make sure your layers fit comfortably over each other. DO NOT WEAR COTTON - while cotton is a great insulator when it is dry, once wet it doesn't dry easily and it rapidly conducts heat away from the body.

Outerwear: Insulated jacket (e.g. fleece). Windproof/waterproof shell (with hood) and pants (e.g. gore-tex). Make sure your outerwear fits comfortably over all of your other clothing. Fleece/wool hat, and gloves.

Food and Water: Bring high-energy snacks, food for lunch - pack extra "just in case". Bring enough water to stay properly hydrated during the trip - use insulated wide-mouth bottles (e.g. nalgene), or a hydration bladder.

Shelter: Be prepared to spend a night in the woods if you have to. Options include an ultralight tarp, a bivy sack, or an emergency space blanket (which packs small and weighs just ounces).

Other Essential Gear: Map and compass - don't just bring them know how to use them. Plastic whistle. Headlamp with two sets of spare batteries). Personal first aid kit with an emergency space blanket. Small pocket knife or multi-purpose tool. Matches or wind-proof lighter and fire starter. Toilet kit (e.g. hand sanitizer, toilet paper and a zip-lock bag to pack out your used personal hygiene items). Sunscreen. Lip balm. Sunglasses. Waterproof cover for your pack.

Optional Items: Trekking poles. Camera.

Directions: Follow this link for directions to current meeting point: http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=boston,+ma&daddr=N+44%C2%B0+04'+13%22++W+71%C2%B0+23'+00%22&hl=en&ie=UTF8&sll=43.150478,0.075398&sspn=66.446675,157.324219&geocode=FZ9WhgIdw7bD-ykbMT0NLWXjiTGg6GIBJL98eA%3BFYZ1oAId28a--w&mra=ls&t=m&z=8

Any carpooling is each person’s responsibility to arrange. I suggest the Salem, NH park and ride, or Concord, NH L.L. Bean.

As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear and agree to know and follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com

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Trail / Waypoint Latitude Longitude

starting at Signal Ridge Trailhead 44° 04' 13" 71° 23' 00"

This trail ascends to the summit of Mt. Carrigain by way of Signal

Ridge, starting from Sawyer River Rd. (FR 34) 2.0 mi. from its

junction with US 302, which is 1.6 mi. north of the Sawyer Rock

picnic area. The trail begins on the right just before the bridge

over Whiteface Brook; there is a parking lot on the left, just

beyond the bridge.

1.70 mi 1 hr 7 min +503 ft on Signal Ridge Trail

1.70 mi 1 hr 7 min +503 ft This trail ascends to the summit of Mt. Carrigain by way of Signal

Ridge, starting from Sawyer River Rd. A crossing of Whiteface

Brook may be difficult at high water; at such times it may be best

to avoid the crossing by bushwhacking up the south bank of the

brook from the parking lot. The trail climbs moderately for most of

its distance, using old roads that once provided access to the fire

warden’s cabin. The views from the observation tower on the

summit and from Signal Ridge are magnificent. The loop back to

Sawyer River Rd. via the Desolation and Carrigain Notch trails is

interesting but much longer, rougher, and more strenuous.

Leaving the road, the Signal Ridge Trail soon reaches and follows

an old logging road that crosses Whiteface Brook, then follows the

south bank of the attractive brook, passing small cascades and

pools. It begins to climb steadily away from the brook, then levels

and crosses a flat divide. The Carrigain Brook Rd., a grass-grown

logging road, crosses the trail at a right angle. (This road is not

passable by vehicles, but it can be followed south to Sawyer River

Rd. about before the gate at the end of that road. However, there

is a difficult brook crossing just before Sawyer River Rd. is

reached, and parts of the road are becoming overgrown.) The

Carrigain Notch Trail diverges right toward the Pemigewasset

Wilderness via scenic Carrigain Notch, and the Signal Ridge Trail

soon crosses Carrigain Brook, which may be difficult at high

water. The trail passes an area of beaver activity, crosses a

brook, and begins to ascend, gradually at first. It turns sharp left

where an old road continues straight up the valley. The trail

angles up the end of a ridge, turns right to climb, then makes

another sharp left turn (arrow) at the site of an old camp and

angles up again.

to the junction of Carrigain Notch Trail 44° 04' 43" 71° 24' 39"

3.30 mi 3 hr 7 min +2794 ft on Signal Ridge Trail

5.00 mi 4 hr 14 min +3297 ft The Signal Ridge Trail turns sharp right into a birch-lined straight

section with rocky footing that rises steadily at an angle up the

steep side of the valley, with occasional views to the cliffs of Mt.

Lowell across Carrigain Notch. At the end of this section, the trail

turns sharp left and zigzags up the nose of Signal Ridge through

several areas that were damaged by the windstorm of December

1980, reaching the high point of the bare crest of the ridge. Views

are excellent, particularly to the cliffs of Mt. Lowell across

Carrigain Notch. The trail descends slightly, then angles left

around to the south slope of the summit cone, climbing gradually

to the site of the old fire warden’s cabin, where there is a well

(water unsafe to drink without treatment). Bearing left from the

small clearing, the trail soon swings right and climbs steeply to the

small sag between Carrigain’s two summit knobs, then turns right

and soon reaches the summit. Here the Desolation Trail enters

from the Pemigewasset Wilderness.

to Mt Carrigain 44° 05' 37" 71° 26' 49"

3.30 mi 3 hr 7 min -2794 ft on Signal Ridge Trail

8.30 mi 7 hr 21 min +503 ft The Signal Ridge Trail leaves the summit of Mt. Carrigain at the

observation tower. It swings left and descends to a small sag

between Carrigain's two summit knobs. The trail descends steeply

then bears right into a small clearing, the site of the old fire

warden’s cabin, where there is a well (water unsafe to drink

without treatment). The trail continues down the south slope of the

summit cone descending slightly as it approaches the bare crest

of the ridge. Views are excellent, particularly to the cliffs of Mt.

Lowell across Carrigain Notch. The trail leaves the high point and

zigzags down the nose of Signal Ridge through several areas that

were damaged by the windstorm of December 1980. At the end of

this section, the trail turns sharp right and begins a steady

descent down the steep side of the valley with occasional views to

the cliffs of Mt. Lowell across Carrigain Notch. The rocky path

continues the steady descent through a birch-lined section,

turning sharp right into an old camp site.

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Trail / Waypoint Latitude Longitude

to the junction of Carrigain Notch Trail 44° 04' 43" 71° 24' 39"

1.70 mi 1 hr 7 min -503 ft on Signal Ridge Trail

10.00 mi 8 hr 28 min 0 ft The trail leaves the site of an old camp and takes a sharp right

turn as it descends a ridge. It continues down the ridge, turning

left then sharp right where it merges with an old road that

continues straight down the valley. As the trail begins to flatten out

it crosses a brook and passes an area of beaver activity. The trail

crosses Carrigain brook, which may be difficult at high water and

quickly meets the intersection with the Carrigain Notch Trail which

diverges left toward the Pemigewasset Wilderness via scenic

Carrigain Notch. The Signal Ridge Trail continues across a flat

divide. The Carrigain Brook Rd. diverges off to the right. This is a

grass-grown logging road, crosses the trail at a right angle. (This

road is not passable by vehicles, but it can be followed south to

Sawyer River Rd. about before the gate at the end of that road.

However, there is a difficult brook crossing just before Sawyer

River Rd. is reached, and parts of the road are becoming

overgrown.) The Signal Ridge Trail continues across the flat

divide and then descends steadily toward the Whiteface Brook.

The trail follows the south bank of the attractive brook, passing

small cascades and pools along an old logging road. The trail

crosses the brook, and eventually leaves the old logging road.

The trail soon reaches its terminus at Sawyer River Road.

to Signal Ridge Trailhead 44° 04' 13" 71° 23' 00"

This trail ascends to the summit of Mt. Carrigain by way of Signal

Ridge, starting from Sawyer River Rd. (FR 34) 2.0 mi. from its

junction with US 302, which is 1.6 mi. north of the Sawyer Rock

picnic area. The trail begins on the right just before the bridge

over Whiteface Brook; there is a parking lot on the left, just

beyond the bridge.

10.00 mi 8 hr 28 min 0 ft Totals