Crawford-Ridgepole Tail

Hiked the Crawford-Ridgepole trail on 5/13/2016. Bill Cronin joined me for the hike. The weather was sunny when we started but was forecast to have some showers in the afternoon. The trail runs south from the Sandwich Notch road to Cotton Mountain in Holderness. It stays on the ridgeline but has lots of ups and downs including the named summits of Doublehead, Squam, Percival, Morgan, Webster, Livermore and Cotton. We started at the north end, and the trail immediately gains elevation including navigating a small cliff face.

Bill climbing the steep portion of the trail
Bill climbing the steep portion of the trail

We quickly reachd the ridge line and scrambled over lots of rocks and ups and downs but never losing or gaining much elevation. It was hard to get into a rhythm as you were always working around or over some fairly large rocks.

Trail decoration with one rock that looks like New Hampshire
Trail decoration with one rock that looks like New Hampshire

We had a couple of good views from some of the high points as we were heading towards Mts Percival and Morgan.

Looking toward Sandwich Dome and the Algonquin trail
Looking toward Sandwich Dome and the Algonquin trail
Squam Lake in the foreground and Winnipesaukee in the background
Squam Lake in the foreground and Winnipesaukee in the background

After about 2.5 hours we reached the summit of Mt Morgan where I had my PBJ and Bill had his 4 egg wrap. Leaving the summit of Morgan we took the steep way down which included a small cave and ladders.

Ladders near the summit of Mt. Morgan
Ladders near the summit of Mt. Morgan

After this we had a 4 mile woods walk back to the car that was gentle on the feet and mostly gently down. Signs of old farms with stone walls where it seemed unlikely that it would be good farming. We got sprinkled on a couple of times but it never really rained. Only 15.8 miles left.

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