West Ridge Trail on Mt. Cardigan

Orange, NH
Length: 3.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 16    Average: 2.3/5]

This easy to moderate hike is on 1.5-mile (3 miles round trip) West Ridge Trail that rises 1,200 vertical feet from the state park on Cardigan’s west slope, and provides the easiest access to the summit. Hiking trails are blazed in different colors based on their location on the mountain. Trails on the east side (AMC lodge) are blazed in yellow; trails along the north-south ridge are white; and trails on the west side (state park) are orange. Colors are independent of trail names. The South Ridge Trail, for example, changes from orange to white at Rimrock.

This is a great trail for preschoolers and up, and is carrier friendly with limited scrambling. This trail is also on the NH52WaV List and the NH Fire Tower Quest. Offers amazing views of the surrounding area!

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Summer
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 1,194 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Camping Nearby, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Trail has stunning views from top of Mt. Cardigan!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $4.00

NH State Park Fees:
Adults: $4.00; Youth ages 6-11: $2.00
High Use Parks – Adults: $5.00; Youth ages 6-11: $2.00 (Italicized below)
Children ages 5 & under, NH residents age 65 & over: FREE at all day-use parks.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 16    Average: 2.3/5]

Hike it Baby Trail Guide is managed by the Family Trail Guide team. If a trail has been “abandoned” by the initial owner, it gets adopted by the team. Also, if there are no trails in the area, the Family Trail Guide team researches trails that are family friendly in the area to insure that hikes cover all areas where Hike it Baby hikes.


Trail Map

Getting There

Trailhead located Cardigan Mountain State Park, address is:

658 Cardigan Mountain Rd
Orange, NH 03741
Phone: 603-227-8745