Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks The Captain, Mt. Carrigain, NH
Trails: Sawyer River Trail, Hancock Notch Trail, FR86A, bushwhack, Signal Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 11, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: we parked one at the end of sawyer river road and one at the signal ridge trailhead 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: no issues 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: pretty good on the trails that we were on 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: only if good with bushwhacks and very loose ground (i would not fully recommend it) 
Bugs: no issues, nice and breezy 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: a can of bug spray was taken from a pack heading to carrigain....but we found nothing 
Comments: Well this was oh so lovely. The two trails we took was nice and flat with only very slight mud spots along the way. Once we came close (there could have been an intersection but we just made a line) we bushwhacked over to the old road. We crossed a bridge and hit FR86A.

We did not go too far til we hit the 911 landing and you could see the captain in the distance. We then were able to stay on a slight herd path/woods road at times leading to a nice gravel open area that is known as the climbers camp. We followed up a drainage to the slide just to get a nice view. One of our group of 4 had already been there before and thought going other a different drainage would be good. We were trying to avoid a gully and stay to the left of it but unfortunately we found out we were to the right of it. I happened to find a ground wasps nest which was lovely so i got stung by 8 of the bastards (the nest was by a large rock...good luck). Once we got high enough we were able to skirt over and into the gully to the other side of it. We got up to flatter ground and had some line of sight again which was nice. Once we tried to head up to the peak was a rough and thick going. We made it up to the canister and had lunch that was much needed.

After our break the other two headed back for the better line down the captain while myself and Melissa headed to carrigain pond. Well I had a track and silly me for thinking I should try to get a line to the pond because that was the thickest we cam upon and I thought we were going to get stuck. We missed some ledges which was nice and finally got to see the pond and beeline it to it. The views there were great but we knew we needed to get going. We ended up in the boggy area which was clearly an inlet for the pond and went through a little thick stuff til we finally got to kind of the spine that we were aiming for. After that we just set the compass and tried for the spine all the way up. We hit thick patches, blowdowns, ledges, rocks tons of rocks, and lots and lots of elevation. I would call this partially open woods as was not all great but not all terrible, just steep. We got to the "false summits" that we heard were there and do not try to go around it because you actually never go down after you pass them. Just go up the center and it is better woods than they actually look. Melissa did end up getting stung by something before captain too (i think a hitchhicker). We found a great view of chocorua and then soon enough we found our plant friend... the ferns! we love them ferns! We then hit the camps and the top of carrigain!

We had it all to ourselves and had a snack. Some wind up on top but clear skies. The trail was great coming down and I don't recall any issues with the trail. We made it back to the car and went and found food!  
Name: Danielle, Melissa 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-08-13 
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