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South Doublehead
Jackson, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the New Path
Looking up the New Path

With the days continuing to get shorter (and the afternoons about to get one hour shorter), my options continue to dwindle. Wanting to do a sunset hike with some sort of workout, I opted to ascend South Doublehead and try a new-to-me trail.

The first part of the New Path was a bit muddy (from the weekend monsoon). After a small water crossing, I soon reached some ledges covered in running water. Not too long after that, the trail suddenly became very steep - and stayed that way for the balance of the hike. With my sore knee, I would have opted for something a bit more gentle, had I realized how steep and rough the New Path is - it reminded me a lot of the northern branch of the Hancock Loop in terms of steepness, footing, and length.

Finally reaching the summit, I checked out the near-summit viewpoint, prior to rushing down to the south to check out the other vistas. Unfortunately, I didn't make it back to my sunset perch until just after the sun had disappeared behind Mt. Carrigain. Nonetheless, it was a nice display of colors, complemented with decent temperatures.

The descent was rough - I'm not sure I'd ever want to descend this trail again, nevermind in the dark!


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: South Doublehead
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, October 26, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:49 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,593'
Destination: South Doublehead
Ascent Commenced: 4:49 PM
Summit Reached: 5:26 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:37
Trailhead Elevation: 1,593'
Summit Elevation: 2,939'
Vertical Gain: 1,386'
Hike Ended: 6:41 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:52
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,516'


The New Path trailhead on Dundee Road
The New Path trailhead on Dundee Road

Looking up the New Path
Looking up the New Path

The Presidentials as seen from South Doublehead - Click to enlarge
The Presidentials as seen from South Doublehead

The sun setting behind Mt. Carrigain as seen from South Doublehead - Click to enlarge
The sun setting behind Mt. Carrigain as seen from South Doublehead

Topographic map of South Doublehead


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North to Jackson, then take 16A past Black Mountain Ski Area. Just after the ski area, take a right onto Dundee Road. Shortly after passing the Doublehead Ski Trail trailhead, and just before reaching a gate, the New Path trailhead will be on the left. There is limited room to park on the side of the road.

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