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One month later, and I'm finally getting to writing about one of the best night hikes I've ever had in the mountains.
I began my hike/run at the parking lot for the West Ridge Trail to Mount Cardigan. This was my first time on this side of the mountain, and it's a quick and convenient way to get to the summit.




The trail is quick to rise from the get-go, and does not relent much all the way to the top. It took me about 25 minutes from car to summit, but this is when the fun began. I opted to head over to Firescrew, which is a steep drop and a moderate rise. The sun was starting to set, and it was brilliant.





I retraced my steps up to Cardigan and kept going toward the South Peak, hiking along some of the trails nearby to begin my "redline" of the Cardigan area trails. From there, I tagged Rimrock as well, and then headed down the mountain via the South Ridge. It was quite dark at this point, and I had to rely on just my cell phone light because obviously I forgot my headlamp in the car. Yeah, don't do that!



All in all it was an excellent way to kickoff a great weekend in the Whites!
Total Time: ~1 hr 30 minsTotal Distance: ~4.7 milesTotal Elevation Gain: ~1800 feet