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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Carrigain, NH
Trails
Trails: Signal Ridge Trail, Desolation Trail, Carrigain Notch Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot was full at 9:30. Parked on Sawyer road with many other people. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Took the Signal Ridge bushwack on the way out to avoid the main crossing, but took the main path on the way back. Turned out to be fine—water was low and rocks were hoppable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Signal Ridge is in excellent shape. There was some significant mud that was mostly hoppable on carefully placed logs and rocks. A few step-over blowdowns on Carrigain Notch. Most significantly, some erosion has caused a small cave-in about 1.4 miles from the junction with SR. The gap is too big for a step-over and could use some carefully placed logs. Ended up making a circuitous route through the brush and back to the main trail.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Lots of pups on Signal Ridge today. None on Desolation—the extreme slipperiness would make this difficult for some dogs. 
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Someone hung a blue beanie on the Signal Ridge trailhead sign. 
 
Comments
Comments: Autumn foliage, though just past peak this far north, still did not disappoint. The day was beautiful and clear until late afternoon. In a moment of madness, I hiked this loop clockwise. While I did successfully pick my way down Desolation, I wouldn’t recommend. The rocks were wet, slippery, and wet leaves made things even more slick and obscured roots, loose rocks, and holes. That said, I did appreciate the long straight walk afterward, with many colors to look at and wonderful cascading rivulets. There was something to be said for not ending a hike with a five-mile steady downhill.

There was a ton of traffic on the way up Signal Ridge, everyone polite and friendly and giving way when the conditions called for it. If I was smart, I would have had lunch on the ridge, which was open and calm and had stunning clear views, instead of waiting for the summit, which was as crowded as Penn Station on a Friday. Desolation lived up to its name. Barely saw a soul for the rest of my hike, except for one guy who seemed slightly concerned and asked if I had a headlamp. (To that guy—I had it, and used it!)

Excellent day on a beautiful mountain. The wildness of the Pemigawasset Wilderness was unreal. It feels like you’ve really left this world for a little while, while you’re out there.  
Name
Name: fluffycat 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-10-09 
Link
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