Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire
by Jerry & Marcy Monkman (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
© Jerry & Marcy Monkman/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.
Nice hike, great day, good views from both peaks. Took a bit of a detour off the top of Webster which also lended to great views
Beautiful day for a hike. Loved the views from both Mt. Webster and especially the 360 degree views from Mt. Jackson. The hike was a bit tough as the trail is full of rocks, boulders, and tree roots so watching one's step the whole way is essential coming and going. Right at each summit, the climb is steep and looking for good foot and handholds is necessary plus coming down did require scooting on my bottomside more than a couple times to get to the ground. However, it is quite doable and now I can say I've done it! I added .8 miles to the trip by treking to Elephant Head for a nice view to my total trip length was 7.3 miles and 6.5 hours which included about 1/2 hour total break time at the top of the summits for lunch and picture-taking. I know this book said 4.5 hours, but really, give yourself 6.5. I'm a pretty good judge of hiking estimates and think they missed this one a bit.
This trail was a nice moderate loop....
The day we arrived the clouds were low and we were hoping to have them clear it was also windy.
The trail is well marked and has some medium steep areas.
Bugle cliff is a nice overlook. After making it to the junction for Jackson we continued on to mt Webster. The trail immediately descends quite steeply for a bit to a nice falls. After crossing the falls area the uphill on the otherside was steep but much easier than the rocky decent.
I could see where there might be many areas of views acending webster, but the clouds were low and blocking.
The summit of Webster afforded many great views of crawford notch. We continued on after lunch to Jackson. the hike accross the ridge was nice and leisurely, i suspect during high water one could easily get some wet feet, but the flora was interesting.
Approaching the summit of Jackson had a couple steep rock areas that proved to be a bit challenging but not worrisome.
The view from Jackson was great, although very windy the day we were there. The decent from Jackson was very steep, very steep, actually the whole jackson trail is quite steady in elevation as compared to the webster trail.
If you plan to do both summits you definitely want to do Webster 1st it will make for a better acent.
We (plus dog) got a late start (10:45 am) on this trail, leaving the parking area near the Elephant Head, off Rt 302 (about .2 miles south of the AMC center - which is well worth stopping in for maps, info, food, etc). Snow all the way on the trail, with some ice. Glad we wore our Yaktrax for traction - very helpful. Just after the trail splits right to go up to Mt. Webster, crossed over a mostly frozen stream below a beautiful frozen waterfall and plunge pool. Then heavy going in parts, and a little tiring in the snow - a good workout! Nice walk along the wooded ridge bewteen Webster and Mt. Jackson. A challenging short climb to the top, with icey rock slabs. Cold and cloudy at the summit - no views, but felt great to be there. Had a hard time finding the trail down, and actually dug out the map and compass! Again glad we were wearing out Yaktrax to prevent sliding down some fairly steep slabs. Some parts we did slide - fun! Pretty much had the whole trail to ourselves - the benefit of hiking in less than perfect weather. Beautful woods, some animal tracks, and a few birds to keep us company. We hiked steadily for 5 hours (back at the car by 3:45 pm) with just a few short stops for snacks and to take off or add layers. Would probably linger longer on the summit in good weather. Overall a nice moderately strenuous, mostly circular hike, with two decent peaks that get you into the Presidentials.
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