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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

With a very rare chance to drive Jefferson Notch in December (due to lack of snow), we headed up to the Caps Ridge trailhead (4WD needed due to snow and ice).

The Caps Ridge Trail was less icy than expected, though there was some powder to contend with. Microspikes were adequate, though another few inches of snow would have been enough to make snowshoes worthwhile.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, December 18, 2011
Parking Elevation: 3,009'
Destination: Mt. Jefferson
Time Elapsed: 03:13
Trailhead Elevation: 3,009'
Summit Elevation: 5,712'
Distance: 2.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,768'
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:56
Hike Distance: 5 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,833'


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

The Caps Ridge Trail
The Caps Ridge Trail

The Caps Ridge Trail
The Caps Ridge Trail

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

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 (generally closed in winter). Cross over Base Road and continue on Jefferson Notch Road (generally closed in winter). 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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