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Mt. Jackson
Carroll, NH, Hart's Location, NH, Bean's Grant, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the rocky section of the Webster-Jackson Trail just below the summit of Mt. Jackson
Looking down the rocky section of the Webster-Jackson Trail just below the summit of Mt. Jackson

Route: Webster-Jackson Trail

I had been watching Thursday's forecast for a few days, as it looked like the only decent day all week. Fortunately, the forecast held, and I was on my way just after lunch. The temperature in Crawford Notch was in the upper 30s/lower 40s - not too bad for January!

The Webster-Jackson Trail had a firm base of frozen granular that would support barebooting. Nonetheless, I chose to wear my snowshoes.

Other than a few blowdowns, the trail was in decent shape and easy to follow. Once I reached the summit slabs, bare from the recent warm weather, I took off my snowshoes and barebooted to the summit cairn - boy was it windy! The views were excellent - though the southern skies were clouding over, it was still mostly blue sky within a few dozen miles in all other directions, other than a cloud blowing over the middle Presidentials.

On the way down, I took some time and debranched a particularly bad blowdown - the tree had fallen lengthwise up the trail in a spruce area.

All in all, a nice day in the Southern Presidentials.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Jackson
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, January 10, 2008
Hike Commenced: 12:26 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,900'
Destination: Mt. Jackson
Ascent Commenced: 12:30 PM
Summit Reached: 2:05 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:35
Trailhead Elevation: 1,905'
Summit Elevation: 4,052'
Distance: 2.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,322'
Hike Ended: 3:48 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:22
Hike Distance: 5.2 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,512'


Webster-Jackson Trail trailhead on Route 302
Webster-Jackson Trail trailhead on Route 302

Looking northeast at the Presidentials in a cloud from the Mt. Jackson summit - Click to enlarge
Looking northeast at the Presidentials in a cloud from the Mt. Jackson summit

Topographic map of Mt. Jackson - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 West from Bartlett into Carroll. There is a small parking lot on the left side of the road. Trailhead is located on the right side of the road, just after the parking lot and just before Saco Lake.

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