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White Mountain National Forest: Mount Carrigain

This ambitious 2-day trek in New Hampshire’s White Mountains tackles two of the hundred highest peaks in New England and mixes in an off-trail summit ascent along the way.

Rating

Two steep, forested summits await on this 2-day, 14-mile hike: Vose Spur and Mount Carrigain. On day one, you’ll tackle a challenging bushwhack ascent of Carrigain’s sidekick, Vose Spur. This 1.5-mile side trip climbs through dense vegetation and will test your navigation skills. After descending Vose Spur, hike through moderate, tree-covered terrain and set up camp near Notch Brook—soft pine needles cushion the ground. On day two, the trail rounds to the south and begins a ridgeline climb to Mount Carrigain. From Carrigain’s summit, soak in views of surrounding White Mountain peaks before beginning the descent back to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Steve Roy

To Trailhead

From Conway, NH, take NH 16/White Mountains Hwy. north for 10.9 miles and then continue straight on US 302. In 10.1 miles, turn left on Sawyer Trail (which becomes Livermore Rd.). Go 2 miles to trailhead parking.

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