This is a wonderful hike, consequently popular, due to its spectacular views, exhibits of wildflowers, location near the AMC Lodge and its distance of 3 miles one-way. The trail can be steep and slippery especially during the spring mud season. Holt Trail runs parallel to Manning and may be used as a return route but one should take note that it has extremely steep and dangerous areas. About midway along the path and across from the Cardigan Mountain Lodge, Manning Trail turns left (south) at the windswept Firescrew Summit. You'll see Mowglis Trail intersects from the right then overlaps with Manning Trail all the way to the summit. The highlands can be dangerously cold and one should be prepared for the quick weather change. The lower elevations offer an enjoyable walk through lovely northern white birch and oak forest with a sun strewn forest floor of trout-lily, trillium and purple violets.
Note: The Cardigan Mountain Lodge offers limited overnight accommodations and hot meals.
Directions: From Alexandria, NH, Travel about 1 mile north and turn left (west) onto Fowler Road. Follow signs to the AMC Lodge. Travel several miles to reach the Lodge. The trail begins near the pond by the apple trees.
Elevation: 3,121 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
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