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thinking about doing mt. carrigain via signal ridge trail in the middle of june 2 maybe 3 day hike .Any advice ? please .


Thu May 12, 2011 9:26 am
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It can be done in a day as well. A two day hike would be relaxing but I think that a three day hike might be pushing it. Once on the mountain there aren't really too many other trails to explore apart from the Desolation Trail which goes down the other side of the mountain from the summit. I DO know from unfortunate experience that there is a very good chance that there will still be a LOT of snow on the Desolation Trail even in June. The Signal Ridge Trail was pretty much clear of snow though at the same time.

I don't have any ideas for you by way of where to set up camp though - maybe someone else will!

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If you come in from Signal the first 3 miles is fairly flat. just after the split wouldn't be bad to camp. Climb Carrigain the next day and over Desolation and camp night 2.
Not a lot of miles though so you may consider coming in from Nancy Pond and making a loop of it with a car spot.

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What I did once was get a late start, lazy hike up Carrigain Notch Trail and camped out a fair ways off trail next to one of the larger brooks near the end of the notch trail. Climbed Desolation to Carrigain the next day and out Signal Ridge. A relaxing two day-er.

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Salty wrote:
What I did once was get a late start, lazy hike up Carrigain Notch Trail and camped out a fair ways off trail next to one of the larger brooks near the end of the notch trail. Climbed Desolation to Carrigain the next day and out Signal Ridge. A relaxing two day-er.


That's what we did last June (but did it in one day) and it was indeed a good route. Seems like there would be lots of camping on the way in until you hit the Desolation Trail (very flat). Caveats from my experience last year **sidenote - I looked back and we did it on May 23rd, not June as I had initially thought ** were the 4ish ft of snow still left on the Desolation Trail (or whatever we ended up on as we lost the trail in the snow) and the blowdowns on the way in were BRUTAL. Maybe by June someone will have come through with a chainsaw but we had no such luck. Would not have wanted to do it with an overnight pack.

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I did the same Desolation loop described as a day hike. Makes it a bit more interesting then just going up and down the same trail, for me anyways. I'd definitely say it's not a 3 day hike but maybe starting and doing Nancy first then taking the trail down the other side and going up Carrigain via Desolation, then down Signal ridge. That could be a 2-3 day trip. Either that or head in from Zealand. Either one would require a ride/car spot. Otherwise it's really not a 3 day trip. If you finished quickly and had some extra time a night at Sawyer Pond could be nice. It's right in that area too.

My other advice for that time of year...bring bug stuff and lots of it. Heavy on the DEET.


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good advice , I will cut it down to two days I think i'll go up signal ridge start down desolation if I hit snow I'll turn back . thanks again !

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Don't turn back. You'll likely know if there will be any snow before you reach the summit of Carrigain. If you keep going down the Desolation Tr you will get below the snow. Carrigain Notch will probably be snow free in June.


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The Desolation trail is pretty steep and rough in spots and more likely to have snow or ice lingering because it faces north instead of south like SR but it also descends quickly and should leave it behind fast too. I also wouldn't necessarily turn back if there's some snow unless it's dangerously slippery. The old logging camps if you find them near the bottom of the trail are neat to poke around and there's some beautiful and usually empty woods out there too. Good flat spots to camp and plenty of water also. Would be a perfect spot for the overnight. The notch itself is pretty dull and not very scenic at all but it's a nice walk in the woods.


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 Good advice
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