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Mt. Webster
Carroll, NH, Hart's Location, NH, Bean's Grant, NH

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

Looking up the Webster-Jackson Trail

Route: Webster-Jackson Trail, Webster Cliff Trail, (Mt. Webster), Webster Cliff Trail, Webster-Jackson Trail, Bugle Cliff spur trail, Webster-Jackson Trail

Mt. Webster has been on my to do list for quite awhile - normally it's done with Mt. Jackson, however I didn't have the time or knee to make it over to it back in June. With the days quickly getting shorter, I had to do it soon if I wanted to fit it in as an after work hike.

I do have to wonder about the name - why in the world would they name a mountain after Webster, but not one after Diff'rent Strokes? Apparently there are zero Gary Coleman fans out there anymore.

I started at the trailhead a little bit later than I had hoped, but still at a decent time. The first half of the ascent on the Webster-Jackson Trail isn't overly challenging - though it is rocky and there are a few steep sections, much of it is relatively flat.

After the Webster-Jackson Trail split, I quickly descended into the Silver Cascade area - a quick, steep scramble I didn't know about! The falls are rather neat - I couldn't help but take some photos before climbing up the other side of the gorge.

After this, the trail continues a moderate ascent, with a few steeper rocky sections. It seemed to take forever to get to the Appalachian Trail intersection - quite frankly, I find the two sections of the Webster-Jackson Trail I've hiked to be rather ugly (rocky, dead trees, etc.).

Finally at the Appalachian Trail intersection, I eagerly headed up to the summit and the ledges. Though the late afternoon sun dulled the views to the west, the scenery was nonetheless excellent - looking up the Presidentials and out toward Mt. Chocorua.

After scrambling around the ledges to get a closer look at some of the cliffs, I had a quick snack and headed down.

Soon, I had to turn on the head lamp. I was able to get a glipse at the post-sunset sky over the Mt. Washington Hotel from Bugle Cliff, before descending the rest of the way in the dark. Coldplay's X&Y and Brian Eno's Music For Airports supplied the soundtrack of the descent.

All in all, a nice hike. I do wish to get up to Mt. Webster again someday - though I doubt it will be via that somewhat ugly trail - I think the Webster Cliff trail is going to be the way!

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, September 17, 2007
Hike Commenced: 4:14 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,900'
Destination: Mt. Webster
Ascent Commenced: 4:15 PM
Summit Reached: 5:37 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:22
Trailhead Elevation: 1,905'
Summit Elevation: 3,910'
Distance: 2.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,210'
Hike Ended: 7:27 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:13
Hike Distance: 5 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,460'

Webster-Jackson Trail trailhead on Route 302

Looking northeast at Mt. Washington from the Mt. Webster summit

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 West from Bartlett into Carroll. There is a small parking lot on the left side of the road. Trailhead is located on the right side of the road, just after the parking lot and just before Saco Lake.

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