NE 4,000 Footers
NE 100 Highest
NH 4,000 Footers
NH 52 With A View
NH Belknap Range
NH Ossipee 10
Explanation of Ratings
Ossipee Mountains Notice
Chandler's Purchase, NH, Sargent's Purchase, NH
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Monroe Loop Trail
A rare pleasant above treeline in January - I had to get up to the Presidentials.
Starting at the cog base station, we ascended the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to the Lakes of Clouds Hut - while the trail can sometimes be icy, we were able to climb it in snowshoes. Beyond there, we worked our way up Mt. Monroe, bypassing a steep, icy section. The views from the summit were tremendous - there was an undercast to points west, whilst everything to the east was in the clear.
After an early lunch break at the hut, we headed up to Washington, crossing some snowfields near the Tuckerman Crossover trail, as to avoid the nasty sideslope on the Crawford Path.
Though a slight bit windy, the weather was still quite tame on Washington. The views were tremendous as well. Since we still had miles to go, we didn't loiter too long.
Descending the snowfields, we hit a sideslope on the Gulfside Trail just past the Clay Loop junction - enhanced by the strongest winds of the day. Continuing around the corner, conditions improved. After a dip into the clouds in the col, we climbed out and ascended to the Jefferson Loop and Jefferson - winds were minimal and temperatures were relatively warm.
For the return trip, we followed a broken out trail down to the Jewell Trail (the upper part of the trail wasn't broken out, and there were some nasty sideslopes and lips visible), reaching the parking lot well before sunset. Particularly of note, we were able to do the entire hike on snowshoes - very little ice or rock to deal with! A great day for the Presidentials!
The trailhead near the Marshfield Base Station
Looking at the southern Presidentials from the Mt. Monroe summit
Looking down the Crawford Path on the way to Mt. Washington
Looking at the southern Presidentials from near the summit of Mt. Washington
The Gulfside Trail on the way to Mt. Jefferson
Looking at the southern Presidentials from the Mt. Jefferson summit
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