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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


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.
The Webster-Jackson Trail
The Webster-Jackson Trail

Route: Webster-Jackson Trail

Still full, deep snowpack, even after the warm rain yesterday. A dusting of snow this morning drifted in the trail in places up high.

I briefly considered going with spikes, and they probably would have been adequate this afternoon/evening with the colder, windy weather, but in the end I was happier with snowshoes. Fortunately the last users of the trail during the warmup wore snowshoes, so it was a relatively smooth footbed (albeit with some residual bareboot postholes sprinkled in). Up high, the dusting had filled in the trough in places. Fortunately this trail is generally obvious, but this could cause some trail finding elsewhere (and if you're trailfinding with this much snowpack, you need snowshoes, as the unpacked snow will not support boots).

The very top of the trail had a short stretch of monorail and a little blue ice, but the bulk of the summit cone on this side looked bare. The snowpack was as such that I could snowshoe along the base of the ledges in the spruce to the eastern side and go right up on snow. The summit woods are so drifted in right now that the trees are knee high, providing great 360 degree views.

Overall, I would estimate the snowpack ranges from 3 to 6 feet, the former down low and the latter in places up high.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, April 1, 2019
Parking Elevation: 1,900'
Destination: Mt. Jackson
Time Elapsed: 01:19
Trailhead Elevation: 1,905'
Summit Elevation: 4,052'
Distance: 2.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,322'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:16
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 toward Mt. Chocorua from the snowfield atop Mt. Jackson - Click to enlarge
Looking toward Mt. Chocorua from the snowfield atop Mt. Jackson

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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