Wednesday was another beautiful fall day in New Hampshire, which made it a perfect time for a short hike to the top of Mount Cardigan.
I had just picked up some new Merrill hiking boots and decided Mt. Cardigan was the perfect place to see how they felt.
One of the best things about the West Ridge Trail is the waterfalls from a mountain spring near one section of the trail.
Once you get above the tree line there is a good view of the exposed rock of Grantham Mountain with Mt. Ascutney in the distance.
Mt. Cardigan has an interesting history. The Dartmouth Outing Club Website tells us, “In 1855, a devastating fire burned over the summit and removed all the vegetation, including the thin soil. Well over a century later, the summit remains bare of all but a few lichens.” Ironic that there is now a fire watch tower at the summit now. There are few other 3000 foot mountains in the area that are not tree covered at the summit, making Cardigan special. You can get a great view with only a short mile and a half hike up the West Ridge Trail.
I started out with a few wide angle 18mm photographs. This one is looking north towards the White Mountains. The big surprise to me since my last trip to Cardigan are the Windmills of the Groton Wind Farm.
I switched to the 300mm Tamron lens for some close-up shots of the windmills with the White Mountains in the distance.
There is also a pretty good partial view of Newfound Lake with Lake Winnipesaukee in the distance.
Upon consulting Google Earth I discovered this is Ragged Mountain ski area. I hope to make it over there this coming ski season.
Next I looked for landmarks a little closer to the mountain. I wanted to photograph Mirror Lake in Canaan since I had stood by the lake several time while taking photographs of Mt. Cardigan.
You get a pretty good view of the little town of Canaan, NH from the top of Cardigan. You can just see part of the Canaan speedway in the lower right hand corner of the picture.
I would like to return to Mt. Cardigan when there is less haze in the air for some more photographs. I think I will make a point to bring a tripod as well.