Mount Carrigain is 5,683 feet with a fire tower at the summit and standing in the middle of the White Mountains. It provides panoramic 360 degree views of the entire White Mountain range. It is known for its boreal forests. Located in Grafton County, New Hampshire.
Take Route I-91N in Norwich to exit 40 for I-93S. Continue on I-93S for 75 miles, then continue onto US-302 E and drive to Livermore Rd, in Livermore, NH. Continue for 35 miles and merge onto NH-116 W/US-302 E. After 30 miles turn right onto Sawyer River Road. After 4 more miles turn right back onto Livermore Road. About 2 hours.
From the parking area, start on Signal Ridge Trail. After just 0.2 mile you will cross Whiteface Brook which may be difficult at high water. From the first brook crossing, follow Signal Ridge Trail for 1.5 miles which will bring you to a trail junction. Bear left, still following Signal Ridge Trail while Carrigain Notch Trail goes off to the right. Continue for another 2.8 miles, climbing steeply after the first mile. You will arrive at Signal Ridge, an open area with views. Continue on Signal Ridge Trail for a final 0.5 mile which will bring you to the mostly wooded summit of Mount Carrigain. 5 miles one way with 3,250 feet gained in elevation.
10/19/2014 Led by Adam Schneider '15 Heeler Veronica Williamson '17 Trail in good condition, low 40s snow on trail and falling near the summit. High winds on the summit and fire tower, as well as on the ridge line leading to the summit. Had to cross Whiteface Brook by going through water - not too high, but still no clear path.