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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, The Cornice, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, (Mt. Jefferson), Jefferson Loop, Gulfside, The Cornice, Caps Ridge Trail

Trail was mostly dry. Took the Cornice to avoid the rough upper part of Caps Ridge. Windy today!

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, August 30, 2012
Parking Elevation: 3,009'
Destination: Mt. Jefferson
Time Elapsed: 02:17
Trailhead Elevation: 3,009'
Summit Elevation: 5,712'
Distance: 2.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,768'
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:23
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,833'

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

Looking down the Cornice
Looking down the Cornice

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

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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