Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Carrigain, NH
Trails: Signal Ridge Trail, Carrigain Notch Trail, Desolation Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 14, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Pretty full on my return but my guess is people would use the side of the road if they had to. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: rock hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in good summer condition. No painted blazing on Carrigain Notch or Desolation except for a very few old painted hatchet blazes nearing Nancy Pond Trail intersection, but in summer trail easy to follow. Desolation is in nice condition; fun to hike. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The mighty tough little dog would have liked a brook up on Desolation or higher up Signal Ridge, but I had water in a bowl for him on Desolation and on Signal Ridge he preferred having the water dumped on him. Desolation required him to do some work but on the whole the trails were pretty easy on the paws and muscles. Great sippin and dippin down low on Signal Ridge. Met two big Leonbergers? at parking area and again on the open ridge. Pepper even got to chase a large hawk down the trail aways before it veered into the woods. 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: 1 black T on Carrigain Notch path nearing Nancy Pond. I just put it up on a small tree to be visible. 
Comments: Carrigain Notch and Desolation is the best way to hike Carrigain in the summer IMO. I love the feeling of solitude once we get over the notch. Most of the trail is easy, Desolation is fun and good exercise, and the trails are in good shape. I screwed up, however, by hiking this loop counterclockwise. I met no one on the trail until the summit, and then it was like getting to the top of Mt. Washington just after the cog and vans had let out their passengers. I didn't see a keg but the crowd was having a grand time. We boogied down to the ridge and there were more there but scattered and few enough to enjoy a quick chat along with the grand views. We only met a few people on the way down from there. More clouds than forecast but that's no surprise. It was a great day to be on the trails with Pepper.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-08-14 
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