My solo 10 mile out-and-back hike plus the travel distance along Sawyer River Rd from Rte 302 brought the most gorgeous views of the Whites and beyond that I have ever seen. I’m sure the cool, fall weather with low humidity helped. I’ve never timed myself on a hike until today where the total hike time on the Signal Ridge trail to Carrigain Peak and back plus a 40 minute “lunch” (I forgot my lunch but had a bag of M&Ms) was 5 hours, 40 minutes. The only challenge was the river crossing over Carrigain Brook where the water was very high. I made it with some precarious balancing on barely-above-water rocks and logs. Hot chili and a chocolate chip cookie at the Highland Center never tasted so good on my return trip home.
High Water at Carrigain Brook
Typical Signal Ridge Trail
View of Mt Wash from Trail Close to Peak
Water Well on Signal Ridge Trail
View of Fire Tower
Fire Tower at Mount Carrigain Peak
Franconia Ridge in the Distance from the Fire Tower