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Trail Conditions

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Mt. Pierce, Mt. Jackson
Bean's Grant, NH, 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.
The Webster Cliff Trail near the summit of Mt. Pierce
The Webster Cliff Trail near the summit of Mt. Pierce

Route: Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail, (Mt. Pierce), Webster Cliff Trail, (Mt. Jackson), Webster-Jackson Trail

With decent weather forecasted and snow in the Presis, we decided to head to Crawford Notch. Starting on the Crawford Path, we donned snowshoes for the hike up to Mt. Pierce. A hardpacked base of snow was covered in about 2-3" of powder, resulting in good conditions.

While there were views from Pierce, clouds were still trying to move out. With temperatures likely around zero, we didn't linger for long and were soon on our way to Mt. Jackson.

The stretch between the hut and Jackson had been largely untouched, resulting in a nice winter look. Upon reaching the summit of Mt. Jackson, we had much stronger views of the Presis than on Pierce, though nearby mountains such as Mt. Willey were still obscured by clouds.

We continued down the Webster-Jackson Trail in snowshoes for awhile, but eventually changed over to Microspikes, as the footbed had been largely barebooted by previous hikers (and there were plenty of rocks still sticking up above the snow).

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, December 18, 2010
Hike Commenced: 8:20 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,900'
Destination: Mt. Pierce
Ascent Commenced: 8:20 AM
Summit Reached: 10:17 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:57
Trailhead Elevation: 1,910'
Summit Elevation: 4,310'
Vertical Gain: 2,420'
Destination: Mt. Jackson
Ascent Commenced: 10:24 AM
Summit Reached: 11:58 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:34
Trailhead Elevation: 4,310'
Summit Elevation: 4,052'
Vertical Gain: 558'
Hike Ended: 1:42 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:22
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,163'

The Crawford Path trailhead on US 302
The Crawford Path trailhead on US 302

Mt. Eisenhower as seen from Mt. Pierce - Click to enlarge
Mt. Eisenhower as seen from Mt. Pierce

The Webster Cliff Trail on the way to Mt. Jackson
The Webster Cliff Trail on the way to Mt. Jackson

Looking northeast from Mt. Jackson - Click to enlarge
Looking northeast from Mt. Jackson

Topographic map of Mt. Pierce, Mt. Jackson - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 West from Bartlett into Carroll. The Highland Center parking lot is located on the left shortly after the Webster-Jackson trailhead (right). The Crawford Path trailhead is located just beyond the Highland Center parking lot, on the right.

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