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Mt. Jefferson
Randolph, NH, Thompson and Meserve's Purchase, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Castle Ravine Trail
Looking down the Castle Ravine Trail

Route: Castle Trail, Israel Ridge Path, Castle Ravine Trail, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, (Mt. Jefferson), Jefferson Loop, Six Husbands Trail, Edmands Col Cutoff, Gulfside, Israel Ridge Path, Castle Trail

The ascent up Castle Trail to Israel Ridge Path to Castle Ravine Trail was generally quite tame until reaching the ravine headwall - the only thing slowing progress was multiple brook crossings that were even tricky in low water.

The Castle Ravine Trail was not quite as tough as I thought it would be - though steep with some minor scrambles and talus fields, it didn't seem to be overly technical. Nonetheless, I probably wouldn't want to venture out there in wet or icy conditions.

Upon reaching the ridge and weekend crowds, I skirted around Jefferson via the Gulfside, summitted the crowded peak from the south, then headed down the Six Husbands Trail to the Edmands Col Cutoff. Though scenic, the Cutoff had subpar footing, making for slow going.

Back at the col, I headed up the Gulfside toward Sam Adams. While I had thought about heading to the peak, I instead decided to call it a day and descend down the Israel Ridge Path.

The first portion was quite scenic - in my opinion more scenic than going up the Castle Ravine Trail. Once in the woods, the trail was steep in places, including a few ladder/stairway descents. Upon reaching the Castle Ravine junction, it was a fairly tame walk out.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, July 16, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,500'
Destination: Mt. Jefferson
Time Elapsed: 03:23
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500'
Summit Elevation: 5,712'
Vertical Gain: 4,412'
Hike Time Elapsed: 07:33
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,912


The Castle Trail trailhead off US2
The Castle Trail trailhead off US2

Looking at Mt. Adams from near the summit of Mt. Jefferson - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Adams from near the summit of Mt. Jefferson

Looking up the upper Six Husbands Trail
Looking up the upper Six Husbands Trail

A lush area above the Edmands Col Cutoff
A lush area above the Edmands Col Cutoff

Looking down the Israel Ridge Path
Looking down the Israel Ridge Path

Topographic map of Mt. Jefferson - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take US 2 West from Appalachia. Shortly after passing the Lowes Path trailhead, the Castle Trail trailhead will be on the left side of the road, as well as a small parking area located adjacent to a field.

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