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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

After days of fair to poor weather, a nice forecast pushed me toward the Presidentials.

As I worked my way up the Caps Ridge Trail, I was a bit worried about some dark clouds looming overhead. As I climbed, these seemed to move out a bit.

Reaching treeline, I was slowed a bit due to my achilles. Pushing my way up the scrambles, I could hear a chopper moving in. As I neared the traprock portion of the trail, a search and rescue chopper flew over the horizon at a very low altitude. I could not help but watch it as it worked its way along the Gulfside Trail down past Mt. Washington.

Reaching the summit, I had pretty good views in all directions, though the higher summits were darkened by overhead clouds.

The descent took a bit longer than I would have hoped, however I was able to make it back to the trailhead well before sunset. In addition to seeing some alpine flowers in bloom, another positive thing was that bugs were not an issue.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:25 PM
Parking Elevation: 3,009'
Destination: Mt. Jefferson
Ascent Commenced: 4:25 PM
Summit Reached: 5:57 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:32
Trailhead Elevation: 3,009'
Summit Elevation: 5,712'
Distance: 2.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,768'
Hike Ended: 7:38 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:13
Hike Distance: 5 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,833'

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

Diapensia along the Caps Ridge Trail
Diapensia along the Caps Ridge Trail

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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