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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


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

Trails were mostly dry. Frozen precip from a few days ago is now long gone. A little chilly on the summit, but otherwise very nice temperatures. Watched a plane showboating around the summits, as well as flying into the Great Gulf and barely clearing the headwall (seemed like literally by a dozen or two feet).

Foliage appears to be near peak around the town of Jefferson and the Crescent Range, as well as in pockets around Twin Mountain and Bretton Woods.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Parking Elevation: 3,009'
Destination: Mt. Jefferson
Time Elapsed: 01:27
Trailhead Elevation: 3,009'
Summit Elevation: 5,712'
Distance: 2.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,768'
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:44
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,833'

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

Looking up the Cornice
Looking up the Cornice

Looking at the Carters from below the summit of Mt. Jefferson - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Carters from below the summit of Mt. Jefferson

Topographic map of 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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