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Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson
Chandler's Purchase, NH, Sargent's Purchase, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Monroe Loop Trail
Looking up the Monroe Loop Trail

Route: Unknown trail, Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Mount Monroe Loop, (Mt. Monroe), Mount Monroe Loop, Crawford Path, Tuckerman Crossover, snowfield, Crawford Path, (Mt. Washington), snowfields, Gulfside Trail, Jefferson Loop, (Mt. Jefferson), Jefferson Loop, Gulfside Trail, snowfields, Jewell Trail, unknown trail

A rare pleasant above treeline in January - I had to get up to the Presidentials.

Starting at the cog base station, we ascended the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to the Lakes of Clouds Hut - while the trail can sometimes be icy, we were able to climb it in snowshoes. Beyond there, we worked our way up Mt. Monroe, bypassing a steep, icy section. The views from the summit were tremendous - there was an undercast to points west, whilst everything to the east was in the clear.

After an early lunch break at the hut, we headed up to Washington, crossing some snowfields near the Tuckerman Crossover trail, as to avoid the nasty sideslope on the Crawford Path.

Though a slight bit windy, the weather was still quite tame on Washington. The views were tremendous as well. Since we still had miles to go, we didn't loiter too long.

Descending the snowfields, we hit a sideslope on the Gulfside Trail just past the Clay Loop junction - enhanced by the strongest winds of the day. Continuing around the corner, conditions improved. After a dip into the clouds in the col, we climbed out and ascended to the Jefferson Loop and Jefferson - winds were minimal and temperatures were relatively warm.

For the return trip, we followed a broken out trail down to the Jewell Trail (the upper part of the trail wasn't broken out, and there were some nasty sideslopes and lips visible), reaching the parking lot well before sunset. Particularly of note, we were able to do the entire hike on snowshoes - very little ice or rock to deal with! A great day for the Presidentials!


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Hike Commenced: 7:22 AM
Parking Elevation: 2,700'
Destination: Mt. Monroe
Ascent Commenced: 7:23 AM
Summit Reached: 9:44 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:21
Trailhead Elevation: 2,740'
Summit Elevation: 5,372'
Vertical Gain: 2,732'
Destination: Mt. Washington
Ascent Commenced: 9:48 AM
Summit Reached: 11:27 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:39
Trailhead Elevation: 5,372'
Summit Elevation: 6,288'
Vertical Gain: 1,301'
Destination: Mt. Jefferson
Ascent Commenced: 11:36 AM
Summit Reached: 1:30 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:54
Trailhead Elevation: 6,288'
Summit Elevation: 5,712'
Vertical Gain: 922'
Hike Ended: 3:47 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 08:25
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,205'


The trailhead near the Marshfield Base Station
The trailhead near the Marshfield Base Station

Looking at the southern Presidentials from the Mt. Monroe summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at the southern Presidentials from the Mt. Monroe summit

Looking down the Crawford Path on the way to Mt. Washington
Looking down the Crawford Path on the way to Mt. Washington

Looking at the southern Presidentials from near the summit of Mt. Washington - Click to enlarge
Looking at the southern Presidentials from near the summit of Mt. Washington

The Gulfside Trail on the way to Mt. Jefferson
The Gulfside Trail on the way to Mt. Jefferson

Looking at the southern Presidentials from the Mt. Jefferson summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at the southern Presidentials from the Mt. Jefferson summit

Topographic map of Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson - 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 winter 2009-10, there was plowed parking available at the Cog Base Station. Looking up the mountain from the parking lot, the spur trail to the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail begins up the hill to the right, a bit below two cabins.

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