Mount Jefferson

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

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Shortest and least-vertical climb over three subpeaks with increasingly spectacular views, to the top of the third-highest peak in the White Mountains. The potholes in this perch are worth noting. Named for Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, Mount Jefferson is the third-highest peak in the White Mountains after Mounts Washington and Adams. The western approach to the summit of Mount Jefferson via the Caps Ridge Trail is relatively short and delivers a lot of hiking bang for each labored breath. It rises 2,707 feet in only 2.5 miles, though there are several impressive places to rest along the way.The Caps Ridge Trail follows the Ridge of the Caps, a series of three prominent knobs, at elevations from 4,422 feet to 4,803 feet, along the western buttress of Mount Jefferson.
Hiking the White Mountains

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Hiking the White Mountains

by Lisa Densmore (Falcon Guides)

Shortest and least-vertical climb over three subpeaks with increasingly spectacular views, to the top of the third-highest peak in the White Mountains. The potholes in this perch are worth noting. Named for Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, Mount Jefferson is the third-highest peak in the White Mountains after Mounts Washington and Adams. The western approach to the summit of Mount Jefferson via the Caps Ridge Trail is relatively short and delivers a lot of hiking bang for each labored breath.

It rises 2,707 feet in only 2.5 miles, though there are several impressive places to rest along the way.The Caps Ridge Trail follows the Ridge of the Caps, a series of three prominent knobs, at elevations from 4,422 feet to 4,803 feet, along the western buttress of Mount Jefferson.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bretton Woods
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 2,707 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Local Maps: USGS Mount Washington Quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Jefferson

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May 2018