Ascent of Mount Jackson on 2010-09-05

Climber: Thomas Carlile

Date:Sunday, September 5, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Jackson
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4052 ft / 1235 m

Ascent Trip Report

We'd decided to drive back to Crawford Notch on Sunday, and hike Mount Jackson (4052'), and Mount Webster (3910') as a loop on the Webster-Jackson Trails. Mount Jackson from the Webster-Jackson Trail was listed as one of the easier 4000 footers, which I thought would be good for a second day of hiking. In retrospect we could have chosen a longer and more difficult hike, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the trails up were rocky and fun. I was initially somewhat worried about hiking two days in a row, but my legs have been steadily getting used to hiking, and I couldn't feel any ill effects from the previous day's 10 mile hike.

Hike Stats:
9:26 Webster-Jackson Trailhead (1902')
10:20 Jackson Branch Trail (1.3 miles, 2802')
11:06 Mount Jackson Summit (2.5 miles, 4052')
11:19 Departed Jackson Summit
12:22 Mount Webster Summit (3.8 miles, 3910')
12:54 Departed Webster Summit
13:40 Junction Jackson Branch (4.8 miles, 2802')
14:29 Webster-Jackson Trailhead (6.1 miles, 1902')
5 hours 3 minutes, 6.1 miles, 2300'

The Webster-Jackson Trail leaves Crawford Notch a few-hundred yards south of the Crawford Notch Visitor's center, right under Elephant Head (New Hampshire's state motto should be New Hampshire, Where Rocks Look Like Things).

The trail enters large, and somewhat spaced out trees, and quickly becomes moderately steep and rocky. Not far into the hike there's a short spur up to a scenic overlook with views of Crawford Notch.

The hike up to the Webster and Jackson Branch trails is rocky, and moderately steep in places, but isn't too difficult. The Jackson Brach Trail is more of the same until it approaches the summit. At this point granite slabs begin to appear, and the trees thin out, before finally giving way to exposed slabs.

The summit was windy and exposed, and Jadyn and I both put on our fleece layers and windbreakers. We stopped to look around, and for a few bites of trail mix. Both times we dropped peanuts, a Gray Jay was quick to swoop in and grab them. The summit had nice views of the rest of the presidential range to the Northeast, and the Willey Rage to the West.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2152 ft / 656 m
    Elevation Loss:302 ft / 92 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2152 ft / 656 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Jackson-Webster Trail
    Trailhead:Jackson-Webster Trail  1900 ft / 579 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:302 ft / 92 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:Jackson Webster Col  3750 ft / 1143 m
    Time Down:50 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Jackson-Webster 2010

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Jackson2010-09-05
2Mount Webster2010-09-05

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