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Mt. Jefferson
Thompson and Meserve's Purchase, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Link
The Link

Route: Caps Ridge Trail, The Link, Castle Ravine Trail, The Cornice

Trails were generally dry. A few minor muddy areas. One or two areas of minor water running down trail. This section of The Link was not as bad as I thought it would be, but I don't plan to return to it anytime soon. The section of The Cornice between Castle and Caps Ridge has some far-spaced-out cairns - probably not a good route in limited visibility. Nice sunset on the way down.

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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Parking Elevation: 3,009'
Destination: Mt. Jefferson
Time Elapsed: 03:58
Trailhead Elevation: 3,009'
Summit Elevation: 5,712'
Vertical Gain: 3,468'
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:00
Hike Vertical Gain: 3.618'


Caps Ridge Trail trailhead at Jefferson Notch
Caps Ridge Trail trailhead at Jefferson Notch

The Castle Ravine Trail
The Castle Ravine Trail

The Cornice
The Cornice

Looking at Mt. Washington and the Southern Presidentials prior to sunset from near the summit of Mt. Jefferson - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington and the Southern Presidentials prior to sunset from near the summit of Mt. Jefferson

The sunset from the Caps Ridge Trail - Click to enlarge
The sunset from the Caps Ridge Trail

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 West from Bartlett into Carroll. Just after Saco Lake, take a right onto Mt. Clinton Road (generally closed in winter). Cross over Base Road and continue on Jefferson Notch Road (generally closed in winter). At the high point of the road, the WMNF fee parking lot will be on the right. The Caps Ridge Trail trailhead is at the back of the parking lot.

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