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Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison
Bean's Grant, NH, Chandler's Purchase, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Jewell Trail on the way to Mt. Jefferson
Looking up the Jewell Trail on the way to Mt. Jefferson

Route: Jewell Trail, snowfields, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, (Mt. Jefferson), snowfields, Gulfside, snowfields, (Mt. Adams), snowfields, Air Line, Gulfside, Osgood Trail, (Mt. Madison), Osgood Trail, Valley Way

With a rare Presi day (very rare for winter 2010-2011 standards), we decided to head to the Northerns.

The Jewell Trail was in fairly good shape, though the lower portion had a lot of iced branches leaning into the trail. Clearing treeline, we eventually found a fairly open line toward Sphinx Col across hardpack and ice covered snowfields. With potentially dangerous fall zones, ice equipment was out as a precaution. Eventually reaching the summit of Jefferson, we had strong views in all directions under increasingly overcast skies with minimal winds.

Heading toward Edmands Col, we curved a bit to the west to avoid the very dangerous snowfield and cornice. After a lunch break in the col, we worked our way up the snowfields to Adams, where we had good views once again, though slightly stronger winds.

The descent from Adams was tricky due to an inconsistent icy crust. Eventually reaching Gulfside, we headed down to the hut and donned crampons for the climb up to Mt. Madison. Though the lowest summit of the day, we encountered the strongest winds.

After switching back to snowshoes at the hut, we had a fairly smooth descent on a nicely packed out Valley Way.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Hike Commenced: 7:44 AM
Parking Elevation: 2,650'
Destination: Mt. Jefferson
Ascent Commenced: 7:55 AM
Summit Reached: 11:43 AM
Time Elapsed: 03:48
Trailhead Elevation: 2,710'
Summit Elevation: 5,712'
Vertical Gain: 3,192'
Destination: Mt. Adams
Ascent Commenced: 11:54 AM
Summit Reached: 1:18 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:24
Trailhead Elevation: 5,712'
Summit Elevation: 5,774'
Vertical Gain: 951'
Destination: Mt. Madison
Ascent Commenced: 1:21 PM
Summit Reached: 2:22 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:01
Trailhead Elevation: 5,712'
Summit Elevation: 5,774'
Vertical Gain: 582'
Hike Ended: 4:29 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 08:45
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,885'


The Jewell Trail trailhead near the Marshfield Base Station
The Jewell Trail trailhead near the Marshfield Base Station

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

Heading across the snowfields on the way to Mt. Adams
Heading across the snowfields on the way to Mt. Adams

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

Gulfside on the way to Mt. Madison
Gulfside on the way to Mt. Madison

Looking at the Carters and Wildcats from Mt. Madison - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Carters and Wildcats from Mt. Madison

Topographic map of Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: To get to the Cog Base Station in winter, take 302 West from Crawford Notch, then take a right onto Base Station Road. In late winter 2011, there was plowed parking available below the Cog Base Station. Looking up the mountain, the spur trail to the Jewell Trail begins above the base station building, to the left.

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