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Mt. Jackson
Carroll, NH, Hart's Location, NH, Bean's Grant, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Webster-Jackson Trail near the summit
Looking up the Webster-Jackson Trail near the summit

Route: Webster-Jackson Trail

Since I knew the weather wasn't going to be great, and that the next day was going to be very unpleasant, I decided to head up to Mt. Jackson and get a workout on a trail that I otherwise find a bit poor.

Arriving at the trailhead with some sun barely visible through increasing clouds, I donned Microspikes and headed up the Webster-Jackson Trail. The trail was a mix of snow monorail, blue ice, and mud up to Bugle Cliff. Beyond there, it was monorail to the Webster-Jackson split, and then mostly frozen granular up to the ledges (which were bare).

As has been the case when visiting Mt. Jackson, the summit was once again quite windy - this time, however, was a bit different, in that the winds were coming out of the southeast. Even though the skies were cloudy, the views were quite good - the rest of the Presidentials were in the clear and peaks in Vermont were easily seen.

The descent went relatively quickly, as I reached the trailhead before dark, and before the rain had moved in. Not too bad for a cloudy Monday afternoon!

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, April 20, 2009
Hike Commenced: 5:09 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,900'
Destination: Mt. Jackson
Ascent Commenced: 5:09 PM
Summit Reached: 6:26 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:17
Trailhead Elevation: 1,905'
Summit Elevation: 4,052'
Distance: 2.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,322'
Hike Ended: 7:41 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:32
Hike Distance: 5.2 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,512'

Webster-Jackson Trail trailhead on Route 302
Webster-Jackson Trail trailhead on Route 302

Looking at Mt. Carrigain from Mt. Jackson - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Carrigain from Mt. Jackson

Topographic map of Mt. Jackson - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 West from Bartlett into Carroll. There is a small parking lot on the left side of the road. Trailhead is located on the right side of the road, just after the parking lot and just before Saco Lake.

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