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South Doublehead, North Doublehead
Jackson, NH

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

Route: Doublehead Ski Trail, Old Path, New Path, (South Doublehead), New Path, (North Doublehead), Doublehead Ski Trail

After rain had left the region, I opted to head to a slightly higher base elevation. Starting at the Doublehead Ski Trail trailhead, there was a good foot or more of snowpack - and plenty of minor blowdowns. Hopping onto the Old Path, I worked my way up the steep mountainside in decent spring snow conditions, taking a right and heading to South Doublehead. Though good, the views weren't spectacular, as clouds were moving in, obscuring the high peaks.

Back in the col, I headed up to North Doublehead. My first stop at the summit was to the eastern viewpoint, were I had a nice look at the Maine peaks and Mountain Pond.

Having heard of (and having seen) ledges on the southwest side of the peak, I looked around for a spur path, but found none. After doing some bushwhacking, I found myself on the ledges, with a slightly different perspective than the main viewpoint at South Doublehead. This viewpoint reached further south (though it lacked the northern view). I particularly liked the view of the old Tyrol ski area. Certainly worth a return trip.

Back on the ski trail, I took the time to remove a bunch of small blowdowns, hopefully rendering the trail a bit more skiable. While the lower waterbars and minor brooks were open, they were still fairly easily crossed.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Hike Commenced: 3:54 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,480'
Destination: South Doublehead
Ascent Commenced: 3:57 PM
Summit Reached: 4:42 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:45
Trailhead Elevation: 1,480'
Summit Elevation: 2,939'
Vertical Gain: 1,459'
Destination: North Doublehead
Ascent Commenced: 4:46 PM
Summit Reached: 5:02 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:16
Trailhead Elevation: 2,939'
Summit Elevation: 3,053'
Vertical Gain: 353'
Hike Ended: 6:38 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:44
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,842'


The Doublehead Ski Trail trailhead
The Doublehead Ski Trail trailhead

Looking over Tin Mountain toward Mt. Carrigain from the ledge near the South Doublehead summit - Click to enlarge
Looking over Tin Mountain toward Mt. Carrigain from the ledge near the South Doublehead summit

The New Path to North Doublehead
The New Path to North Doublehead

Looking at Thorn Mountain from near the summit of North Doublehead - Click to enlarge
Looking at Thorn Mountain from near the summit of North Doublehead

Topographic map of South Doublehead, North Doublehead - Click to enlarge


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. A small parking lot and the trailhead are both located on the left side of the road, on a private drive (the trailhead is a few hundred feet down the private drive on the right).

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