~5mi loop route from AMC ski lodge, up Manning Trail to top of Firescrew. Mowglis Trail to Mt. Cardigan summit. Descended via Clark Trail to Holt-Clark Cutoff (avoided steepness as ground remained waterlogged from recent downpour), and back Holt Trail to AMC lodge.
The lofty goal on this 23.5-miler--more than half of which runs above treeline--is Mount Washington, the most notorious and highest peak in New Hampshire. On bluebird days, views stretch for 100-plus miles. Tip: Check the forecast before you go; weather blows in fast.