Ascent of Mount Carrigain on 2010-09-18

Climber: Tony Rachupka

Others in Party:Anne
Date:Saturday, September 18, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Carrigain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4680 ft / 1426 m

Ascent Trip Report

47 Down, 1 To Go

On Saturday Anne and I headed down Sawyer River Rd to hike Carrigain. While driving down the dirt road I wondered if it being unpaved helped keep this mountain a little less crowded. It’s not as accessible as the Franconia Range, right? But we found an overflowing parking lot so I’m not so sure. We also noticed that someone has a house on the road with great views of a waterfall. What a great location, though maybe not so much in winter.

The first two miles or so of the hike are mostly flat and go along the river. From there the steepness picks up the rest of the way. It’s never terribly steep but seems tougher after the flat stretch. Anne found the switchbacks annoying. We had lunch on Signal Ridge on one of the first clear spots. Anne debuted her new thermos and had some soup. Still hot! That’s going to be great in winter. I love the bare stretch on Signal Ridge. I’m not sure what peak it is, but the slides just north of the ridge are striking. One of those pesky 3k peaks? We made our way to the summit and found quite a crowd gathered below the tower lounging around and even more people on the tower. We went up to check out the views we’ve heard so much about and were not disappointed. We had the clearest of days and I can believe the assertion that you can see 43 other 4000 footers from there. I tried to pick them out but missed a few. I took a lot of pictures from the tower in all directions. I loved looking over the Pemi from there. Anne and I got off the tower and had snacks and a beer which might be our new summit tradition. We started it last week on the Carters as our tribute for Flags on the 48. The gray jays then arrived and we fed them some Chex Mix. Raisins seemed to be another favorite. Is there anything they won’t eat? The way down was uneventful and we finished in good time. We decided to grill food across the street from the Willey House so we got in the car to head over. About a mile from there we saw a ton of cars pulled over checking something out. It was a moose so we stopped too. It was a younger moose just eating everything in sight. Fortunately he didn’t care about the gawkers.

That was #30 for Anne and #47 for me. How the heck have I done 47 of these? Wow. I can’t believe I only have one more to go. Jefferson is the one remaining. The plan is to do this on Columbus Day weekend on Saturday, October 9th (unless the weather has other plans). We are going to go up and down the Caps Ridge Trail. It would be cool if anyone I’ve ever hiked with could be here for this.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3250 ft / 991 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Trailhead:1430 ft / 435 m

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