Carrigain

Hiked Carrigain on 12/14/14. This was peak 539 for “The Grid over 60”. Hiked with Mike Lynch, Gary Tompkins and Guy Jubinville. Started by hiking the 2 miles of Sawyer River Road that isn’t plowed in the winter in our microspikes.

Gary, Mike and Guy headed up Sawyer River Road
Gary, Mike and Guy headed up Sawyer River Road

Once we reached the trailhead we switched over to snowshoes for the rest of the day. Fortunately a couple of hikers had broken out the trail the day before although in the higher elevations it was still pretty soft and needed further packing down.

Gary approaching the sart of the mile long uphill traverse
Gary approaching the start of the mile long uphill traverse

Once we reached Signal Ridge it was chilly and a bit windy but there were good views with some low hanging clouds.

Lowell cliffs with a cloud on top
Lowell cliffs with a cloud on top
Gary taking a picture with Mike supervising
Gary taking a picture with Mike supervising
Looking to the south, Attitash ski area in the distance
Looking to the south, Attitash ski area in the distance
Heading for the summit which was in the clouds
Heading for the summit which was in the clouds

We didn’t linger long on the summit as it was windy but there was time for a photo.

Guy, Steve and Mike under the summit tower (Courtesy of Gary Tompkins)
Guy, Steve and Mike under the summit tower (Courtesy of Gary Tompkins)

We had our PBJs and pizza just below the summit in a sunny non windy place.

Gary and Guy eating lunch
Gary and Guy eating lunch

Back on Signal Ridge there were a few more photo ops.

The Presidential peaks appeared in a hole in the clouds
The Presidential peaks appeared in a hole in the clouds

We wore our snowshoes all the way back to the cars. It was a long 14 mile day. Only 37 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

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