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Mt. Jefferson
Thompson and Meserve's Purchase, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Caps Ridge Trail
The Caps Ridge Trail

Route: Caps Ridge Trail

Since it was a nice fall afternoon, I decided to get out of work a little bit early and head up to Mt. Jefferson.

The lower part of the Caps Ridge Trail had numerous boards on the side of it - by the looks of it, a bunch of log walks are going to be replaced.

While I made decent time through the lower portion of the trail, as soon as I hit the alpine zone, I was feeling pretty worn out. Nonetheless, by the time I was at the top of the caps, I was in a decent groove.

While a haze was developing to the west and south, views to the north and east were strong. Since it was a pleasant temperature and winds were bad at all, I loitered at the summit for awhile.

The descent was what seems to be typical of the Caps Ridge Trail in my opinion - a very, very long 2.5 miles.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Hike Commenced: 2:36 PM
Parking Elevation: 3,009'
Destination: Mt. Jefferson
Ascent Commenced: 2:36 PM
Summit Reached: 4:06 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:30
Trailhead Elevation: 3,009'
Summit Elevation: 5,712'
Distance: 2.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,768'
Hike Ended: 6:23 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:47
Hike Distance: 5 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,833'

Caps Ridge Trail trailhead at Jefferson Notch
Caps Ridge Trail trailhead at Jefferson Notch

Looking at Mt. Adams from Mt. Jefferson - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Adams from Mt. Jefferson

Topographic map of Mt. Jefferson - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 West from Bartlett into Carroll. Just after Saco Lake, take a right onto Mt. Clinton Road. Cross over Base Road and continue on Jefferson Notch Road. At the high point of the road, the WMNF fee parking lot will be on the right. The Caps Ridge Trail trailhead is at the back of the parking lot.

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