January 28, 2006
Mt. Jackson, NH - White Mountain 48-4K Series
Once again, another spectacular sunny day in the White's. January has been kind to us on top of the peaks. We (Ed L, the other Paul D, & Chris H) headed up the Webster-Jackson Trail. At the fork, we bore left to follow the Jackson branch up to Jackson. Because of the shortness of the trip and the great views available, we decided to do a loop that included Mt. Webster. Total: 6.5 miles Elevation gain: 2152 ft.
Overall the hike is moderate with several spots that require both hands and feet in order to climb up big rocks. Because of the lack of snow cover on the icy trail, crampons were put on early. Continuing up the Webster-Jackson Trail, another spur is encountered about 20 minutes after the Elephant Head spur junction. This spur trail leads to Bugle Cliff in less than a minute. The views of the Notch are great from this spot.
We ate lunch at the Mt. Jackson Summit with the Canadian Jays and enjoyed the panoramic views of the Presidentials.