Mount Cardigan often offers spring hikers the perfect big mountain feel without lingering snow and ice. The mountain’s many rocky ridges showcase exceptional panoramas in all directions and its oft-windy summit can be a pleasant escape from emerging insects.
Hike: Choose the 5.5-mile loop that ascends the Manning and Mowglis trails to the summit tower, before descending more gradually along the Clark, Cathedral Forest, and Holt trails.
Trailhead: Located at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Cardigan Lodge. www.outdoors.org