NE 4,000 Footers
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NH 52 With A View
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Explanation of Ratings
Ossipee Mountains Notice
Thompson and Meserve's Purchase, NH
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking across the snow-covered spruce forest on the way to Mt. Jefferson
Route: Jewell Trail, snowfields (Mt. Jefferson), snowfields, Jewell Trail
With a decent window of weather, I headed up for a quick hike to Mt. Jefferson. After parking in one of the lower Cog lots (the upper being full), I soon set foot on the Jewell Trail. Progress slowed as I neared treeline, due to a ridiculous amount of branches invading the trail's airway. Upon reaching the alpinezone area, I cut directly to Sphinx Col, walking amongst the tops of the trees. From the col, I continued roughly along the Gulfside trail for a bit, then going direct to the summit of Mt. Jefferson.
From the summit, the views were quite strong, though a bit hazy to the south and west. Mt. Washington was particularly impressive with a bunch of cornices showing over the Great Gulf.
The return trip went quite quickly, with the exception of the descent down the thick upper Jewell Trail.
A nice late-winter day for Mt. Jefferson!
Getting To Trailhead:
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The Jewell Trail trailhead near the Marshfield Base Station
Heading up Mt. Jefferson
Looking at Mt. Washington from Mt. Jefferson
Directions to trailhead: To get to the Cog Base Station in winter, take 302 West from Crawford Notch, then take a right onto Base Station Road. In late winter 2010, there was plowed parking available at the Cog Base Station. Looking up the mountain from the parking lot, the spur trail to the Jewell Trail begins above the base station building, to the left.
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