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Mt. Webster
Harts Location, NH, Beans Grant, NH

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

Route: Webster Cliff Trail, (Mt. Webster), Webster Cliff Trail, bushwhack, Webster Cliff Trail

While the forecast called for the chance of thunderstorms, it seemed like they were being held off. Having never hiked the Webster Cliff Trail, it seemed like a decent day to give it a shot.

Starting at 302 opposite the road to the Ethan Pond Trail, I followed the crushed rock trail to the newish bridge over the Saco River. Shortly thereafter, I beared right at the first trail junction, then left at the second one. The Webster Cliff Trail was generally moderately pitched up to the first vista, which provided excellent views of the Crawford Notch area.

Beyond there, the trail became tougher and more scenic, with quite a few view ledges and multiple minor to moderate scrambles. While the sign at Route 302 said it was a 2.8 mile trek to Mt. Webster, I suspect the 3.3 miles listed in the AMC Guide are more accurate, perhaps due to some reroutes down low.

After crossing over two small patches of snow, I soon arrived at the highpoint, near which I had nice views of Mt. Washington. While it was tempting to enjoy the excellent views, the black flies were brutal, and remained that way until I passed the lowest viewpoint.

Shortly after passing the previous year's landslide, I noticed some old blazes and a footbed - most likely the old route of the trail as seen on many maps. I followed this for awhile out of curiousity, prior to reaching a dry brookbed, where I opted to bushwhack down to the current trail.

Overall my timing was decent, as large clouds started to form overhead on my drive back, resulting in intense storms in southern New England.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:00 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,225'
Destination: Mt. Webster
Ascent Commenced: 4:00 PM
Summit Reached: 5:46 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:46
Trailhead Elevation: 1,225'
Summit Elevation: 3,910'
Distance: 3.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,860'
Hike Ended: 7:41 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:41
Hike Distance: 6.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,035'

The Webster Cliff Trail trailhead
The Webster Cliff Trail trailhead

Looking down the Saco River from the bridge on the Webster Cliff Trail
Looking down the Saco River from the bridge on the Webster Cliff Trail

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

Directions to trailhead: Take US 302 west from Bartlett into Crawford Notch State Park. The Webster Cliff Trail trailhead, part of the Appalachian Trail, will be located on the right side of the road, opposite the road to the upper Ethan Pond Trail parking area. There is some room to park at the bottom of this road, adjacent to US 302.

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