Mount Carrigain

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Mount Carrigain
Mt. Carrigain.jpg
View of Mt. Carrigain from Mt. Guyot, taken August 2009. Vose Spur is the knob roughly in the center of the photo, and Mount Lowell is to its left.
Highest point
Elevation4,683 ft (1,427 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence2,223 ft (678 m) [2]
ListingNew Hampshire 4000-footers
#27 New England Fifty Finest
Coordinates44°05′37″N 71°26′48″W / 44.093605719°N 71.446802778°W / 44.093605719; -71.446802778Coordinates: 44°05′37″N 71°26′48″W / 44.093605719°N 71.446802778°W / 44.093605719; -71.446802778[1]
LocationGrafton County, New Hampshire, U.S.
Topo mapUSGS Mount Carrigain
First ascentAugust 27, 1857; Arnold Guyot, S. Hastings Grant, and local guide Bill Hatch,[3]
Easiest routemaintained hiking trail

Mount Carrigain is a mountain located in Grafton County, New Hampshire. The mountain is named after Phillip Carrigain, NH Secretary of State (1805–10), and is on the south side of the Pemigewasset Wilderness, the source of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River in the heart of the White Mountains, between Franconia Notch and Crawford Notch. Carrigain is flanked to the northeast beyond Carrigain's Vose Spur by Mount Anderson and Mount Lowell across Carrigain Notch, and to the southwest by Mount Hancock. It has a fire tower at the summit, providing 360 degree views of the surrounding wilderness.


The south side of Mount Carrigain drains into the Sawyer River, thence into the Saco River, which drains into the Gulf of Maine at Saco, Maine. The east side of Mt. Carrigain drains into Carrigain Brook, thence into the Sawyer River. The north side of Carrigain drains into the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, a tributary of the Merrimack River, which drains into the Gulf of Maine at Newburyport, Massachusetts. The west side of Carrigain drains into the Carrigain Branch of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset.

Vose Spur[edit]

Vose Spur
Highest point
Elevation3,862 ft (1,177 m) [4]
Prominence222 ft (68 m) [4]
Listing#79 New England 100 Highest
Coordinates44°06′11″N 71°26′05″W / 44.102944°N 71.434647°W / 44.102944; -71.434647[4]
Topo mapUSGS Mount Carrigain
Easiest route10-mile (16 km) bushwhack, approx. 9 hours, via route below

Vose Spur is a subpeak of Mount Carrigain, named after George L. Vose. The summit is densely wooded. It is officially trailless and counts as one of New England's one hundred highest summits. Several different approaches are possible. A talus field on the eastern slope, can be reached by bushwhacking from the Carrigain Notch Trail and offers outstanding views into Carrigain Notch and over to Mount Lowell.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Carrigain 2". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2013-02-03.
  2. ^ "Mount Carrigain, New Hampshire". Retrieved 2013-02-03.
  3. ^ Laura and Guy Waterman. Forest and crag. Appalachian Mountain Club. ISBN 9780910146753.
  4. ^ a b c "Vose Spur, New Hampshire". Retrieved 2013-02-03.

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