Cross Country Skiing near Jackson, New Hampshire

Cross Country Skiing near Jackson, New Hampshire
Jackson is located at the south end of Pinkham Notch and is a go-to location for skiing as well as a popular year-round resort. The Wildcat River flows over rock formations in the village, and Wildcat Mountain is to the north. A picturesque covered bridge, circa 1870, spans the Ellis River. Jackson contains 95 miles of cross country ski trails and is the home of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (JSTF), which maintains those trails, and offers instruction, rentals and rescue service from December to mid-April.
 

An Easy Trail

The Ellis River Trail is a rolling 7.7km trail, rated easy, which follows the West Bank of the Ellis River. Along the trail there are many one-way loops, and there is a warming cabin 1.5km from the trailhead on Green Hill Road. Parking is along Green Hill Road. The elevation differential on this trail is 500 feet.

When the ice crossing south of Dana Place is unavailable due to rainy, warmer weather, the 1.3km High Water Trail can be used as a connector to Route 16. The High Water Trail is rated "more difficult." The Ellis River trail crosses the Jackson Water Precinct property which is closed to the public from sunset to sunrise.

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation
153 Main Street
Jackson, NH 03846
603-383-9355
jacksonxc.org/contact-us

 
 

A Moderate Trail

The Beth Hendrick Trail is .5km and used to be a logging road. This trail has been newly reopened by the JSTF. It starts at the Wildcat Valley Trail which is at the north boundary of Prospect Farm. It ends at Hub's Loop.

This trail provides the opportunity to either ski the Wildcat Valley Trail from the summit or just for a gentle loop if skiers wish to explore the vicinity. The Wildcat Valley Trail is a 17.8km trail rated "most difficult" and connects the Peak of Wildcat Mountain all the way to Jackson Village. The elevation differential here is 3,240 feet.

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation
153 Main Street
Jackson, NH 03846
603-383-9355
jacksonxc.org/contact-us

A Difficult Trail

The Black Mountain Cabin Trail is a 3.5km connector trail between the East Pasture Trail and the Wildcat Valley Trail. A 100-meter walk is required to connect the two. This trail is maintained by the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) and the cabin, which is below the summit on the West face, must be reserved by calling the Saco Ranger District in the WMNF.

The Black Mountain Cabin Trail has a 1,500-foot elevation differential, and the 3.5km East Pasture Trail, which is part of the East Pasture Loop, has a elevation differential of 965 feet. Access is by the Wildcat Valley Trail which begins at the summit of the Wildcat Ski area, in Pinkham Notch, a 16 minute drive from Jackson. One-way lift tickets are available at the mountain's base lodge.

Saco Ranger District
Terry Miller
33 Kancamagus Highway
Conway, NH 03818
603-447-5448

 

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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