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Holt Trail

Extremely Difficult

Trail

1.8 mile 2.9 kilometer point to point
65% Runnable
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,685' 514 m
Descent: -7' -2 m
High: 3,125' 952 m
Low: 1,440' 439 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 73% (36°)

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Trail shared by Ken Cutting

Think twice and then think again before deciding on this most direct, easterly ascent of Mount Cardigan.

Ken Cutting

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Practice extreme caution in choosing this trail.

Runner Notes

Not suitable for running whatsoever.

Description

The trail is gentle much of the way and can be accessed via Manning Trail and/or the Upper Nature Trail. A seemingly young and seldom used trail, as you approach the upper portion of the trail, it answers why as you'll encounter some of, if not the most, difficult scrambling, practically climbing, south of the Whites. This trail is listed among the 25 Most Terrifying for a reason. You must be absolutely prepared for a very tough, if ultimately short, ascent as you don't want to face the prospect of returning down the way you came if you reach a point that you are uncertain that you can climb. Think it over very carefully before taking this route.

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#429

in New Hampshire

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Photos

Summit view
Jul 10, 2015 near Grafton, NH
Summit of Mt. Cardigan with fire tower (photo looking NW).
Jul 5, 2015 near Grafton, NH
West Ridge Trail near summit view southest toward Canaan, NH.
Aug 3, 2018 near Grafton, NH
Holt Trail and Manning Trail Junction.
Jul 5, 2015 near Alexandria, NH

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