The Upper Valley has a host of panoramic views but a favorite and one described by many hikers as offering “the best” view of the White and Green Mountain summits is Mount Cardigan in Canaan, NH. The fastest and shortest route to the summit is the West Ridge Trail accessed directly from Cardigan Mountain State Park. On the West Ridge Trail you will be guided by a series of impressive cairns – take time to appreciate their construction. An option is at .4 mile on the West Ridge Trail, you can turn right on the South Ridge Trail and enjoy the forest along this trail – you will find that you will have more time on this trail for solitary reflection. Once you have reached the summit you will find ledges that have been polished smooth by thousands of years of glacier activity – the characteristic that makes Cardigan a great mountain to hike – the large open top. Now is the time to break open that picnic lunch you brought with you, sit and enjoy the 360 view. One note of caution – with an open top it can be very windy so hold onto your hat! As in the popular song, try to hike on a clear day when you can “see forever” – you will not be disappointed. If hiking is in your vacation plans, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and we will give you directions to Mount Cardigan. We can even pack that picnic lunch if you give us enough advance notice.