Ski or Snowshoe to High Cabin

Cardigan Lodge Parking Lot

Distance

4 Miles

Elevation Gain

1275 Feet

Activities

Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Winter

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Leah Joy

Forest
Groups
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

High Cabin sits protected in the forest but offers pristine views off the front deck. It is located two miles in from the base of Cardigan Lodge and is 1/2 mile from the summit. Mount Cardigan offers 360 degree views from the peak and is home to original New England backcountry ski trails.

High Cabin, located in Cardigan State Forest, is owned and operated by the Appalacian Mountian Club (AMC). It was originally built in 1931 and since renovated in 2004. Renovations included new roof, siding, bunk beds, wood stove and composting toilet. It comes supplied with wood, bunks(stacked 3 high) and mattress pads for 12, table and benches, dry sink, two-burner propane stove, propane, composting toilet, broom and dust pan.

Make your reservations early in the season. Reservations are for exclusive use of your group. Begin your journey from Cardigan Lodge, 774 Shem Valley Rd, Alexandria, NH 03222 (43°38'57.9"N 71°52'39.2"W) where you can purchase last minute supplies, use the restroom, get weather reports and fill your water bottles. Head up the Holt Trail one mile to Grand Junction. Here continue up the Holt-Clark Cuttoff to Clark Trail. At the top of Clark Trail you intersect with a small part of the Alexandria Ski Trail. Take care as this part can become extremely icy, if on skis you may want to remove them. Continue up a short distance to PJ Ledge for great views and here you will see a sign and a trail to High Cabin. About 200 yards in you will see the quaint secluded cabin waiting for your arrival!

There is plenty to do on Cardigan Mountain during the day. Ski the Alexandria Trail is a .6 mile intermediate run which ends back at Grand Junction. From there you skin back up on Holt-Clark Cuttoff to Clark Trail (1 mile) to form a loop. From the cabin it is a 1/2 mile hike up to the summit of Mount Cardigan which offers a large rock covered peak, 360 degree views and a fire tower. Firescrew mountain is next door and offers another popular ski trail, Duke's Ski Trail.

To access Dukes with skis you ski down almost back to the base near Cardigan Lodge, but before reaching the lodge head up into Dukes Pasture and onto the Duke's trail, you skin up and ski down on the trail. You can continue on past the head of the ski trail onto the Manning Trail and ski Firescrew summit snowfields as weather permits. Spend your evening by the toasty wood stove with good food and drink. Pack out what you packed in and leave the cabin cleaner than you found it!

AMC Website: www.outdoors.org/lodging/lodges/cardigan/high-cabin.cfm

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $150/night

Cardigan Mountain Wilderness

Alexandria, New Hampshire

From $120/night

Whispering Pines At The River

Alexandria, New Hampshire

From $100/night

Meadow Hideout

New London, New Hampshire

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Great Weekend Trip

Great group activity, the cabin was really nice and cozy. The hike was pretty and it was fun to ski down. Would love to do this again!

Fun little adventure to plan with a group!

Distance

4 Miles

Elevation Gain

1275 Feet

Activities

Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Winter

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Leah Joy

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Hike Cardigan Mountain via the West Ridge Trail

Adventure

Drive around Newfound Lake

Adventure

Hike the Welch Mountain and Dickey Mountain Loop

Adventure

Hike Mount Moosilauke via Gorge Brook Trail

More Nearby Adventures

Related Stories

destinations

20 Stunning Hikes in the Swiss Alps

Mountains don't get much better than this.

destinations

A Magical Yosemite Valley Winter Storm

A Yosemite Winter Wonderland

gear

La Sportiva Women's Skwama Climbing Shoe Review

Super sticky, super responsive, and just as badass as the men’s version of the shoe.

travel

A Few Days in Rossland, BC - A Must-Stop on the Powder Highway

If this town of less than 4,000 friendly folks doesn’t charm your socks off, the terrain at RED M...

More Stories