Carrigain 6/30/07

Mt Carrigain – 4680′
Signal Ridge Trail from Sawyer River Road.
I had hiked this mountain before from the Desolation Trail (back when the shelter was there) but I had not approached the mountain from this side before.  The weater was perfect and the views were great.  I saw a ton of Snakes and Huge Brown Toads. I must have almost stepped on a dozen snakes on the way up.
The GPS odometer read 10.6 miles round trip at the end of the hike.
Time to Points:
Sawyer River Road to Summit:2:04
Back to Sawyer River Road:3:48

On the north side of the ridge, about a half mile before the summit, looking towards Vose Spur and Carrigain notch, I couldn’t help but notice there was a steep open slope that had the right exposure for some tasty BC turns.  I lost my Goodmans book so I’m not sure if its mentioned in it.  I marked it on my GPS because I definitely want to check this out in the winter.  If any one has any experience sliding up here please share it.

Looking at that ridge from the Summit.  Notice, only trees on the south side.

I had forgot about the tower on top, its  such a random place to put an ugly steel tower, IMO it detracts more than it adds to the mountain. Nevertheless I used It and took a series of shots 360 degrees, that I hope to make a panoramic out of.  I’ll add it when I make it.
I had spotted this pool  about a 1/4 mile in on the way, up and planned on taking a dip in it on the way back.  We did, and the cold water felt so good on our tired legs, and the mosquitos appreciated the meal while we soaked.

Back at the parking lot I had to take a pic of this wacky tree.  It was still alive and healthy looking!

On the way home we could not resist stopping at the rest area on 93 south in Sanbornton for some bouldering.  There is a lunge move there that I have been trying to stick for a few years, and I still havent stuck it. Granted I’ve never tried it with climbing shoes on, only trail runners, and hiking boots.  Maybe Next Week.
Next Hike: Garfield, Galehead, and the Twins.

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