Mt Morgan


Mt Percival


Trail:Mt. Morgan, Crawford-Ridgeploe, Percival Trail

Date: Sunday 12/31/2001

Attending: Gabe, Simone, & John Chicoine

Miles: 2.1 up Morgan, .8 along Crawford-Ridgepole, 1.9 down Percival, .3 back to the parking lot.

Time: 4 hours total,

AMC huts, / shelters / camping site:

Weather: 25 degrees, sunny, dusting of snow, 10% ice on sumit domes

Happy New Year! Again, (Almost)

Another fun little hike on the Squam Range just outside of Holderness. This is the second time in 3 years we've hiked this section of the Whites with an almost total absence of snow on New Years day. We finally did this loop the way 90% of the hikers do it. Once again the Mt. Morgan parking lot was filled to overflowing while the Mt. Percival parking lot was empty. Mt. Morgan is an easy hike offering a most delightful "optional" challenge at the very summit. You can choose to reach the summit via a steep ladder climb over three ladder sections that you have switch onto as you climb up into a rock crevasse/tunnel with a small crawl through an opening that opens up to your first views of the hike. From there it's just a few more ledges to another great view spot just a few hundred feet from the summit. Throw in some ice inside the crawl space and a thin crust of snow covering the ledges, and you've got a wicked fun time. All this fun can be avoided via a .2 mile hike around to the summit. We continued over the Crawford-Ridgepole trail .8 miles to Mt. Percival. The trail is nowhere as well traveled as the Mt. Morgan and Mt. Percival trails. Mt. Percival has a few hundred feet of rock scrambling to get off the top knob that needed lots of care to ascend because of the ice and snow.

Read about another Mt. Morgan trip