Webster-Jackson Trail

On this hike we decided to go for a one of the bigger mountains: Mount Jackson at 4052 feet in elevation.  On a hot Sunday, we parked just south of the Crawford Depot on Route 302 at the head of Crawford Notch State Park in NH, where the Webster-Jackson Trail begins.  We skipped the Elephant Head Trail, thinking that it would make a nice short walk some other day and continued heading up trail.  At the Bugle Cliff trail sign several people had written stuff like “Worth it!”  “Check out the view!”.  It sounded impressive so we took the short spur trail to this view point.  The view was rather neat and for such a short hike up to this point it is worth a look.  However, more impressive views await you if you continue to the top.

The view from Bugle Cliff.

The View from Bugle Cliff.

Lindsay hiking up the trail.

There were several groups of people hiking in both directions on this trail.  Unfortunately, a “clickity-clack” let us pass him but then we had to listen to him for close to a mile staying right behind us.  A “clickity-clack” is our term for someone that uses hiking poles.  Not that we are against people using poles, but the “clickity-clack” noise of the poles on the rocks interrupts the quietness and is not our favorite thing to listen to.  Also, it kind of seemed like this guy was trying to keep up with our pace which meant it felt like he was chasing us with his “clickity-clack” poles.  We pushed hard to put some distance between him and us.

Andrew hiking on the trail.

The Webster-Jackson Trail has some very steep and rocky sections, but this means that it is a short hike to the summit.  If you hike this, be ready to step-up for almost two miles.  Near the summit, the trail is on ledge and would be quite dangerous in the rain.  Andrew led the way up, a little fearful of the long slide down.  Despite being a patch-carrying member of the 4,000 footer club and an avid mountain climber, he becomes terrified on steep exposed ledges and tends to rush his way to eventually find cover.

As the trees grew shorter and shorter, we knew we were closing in on the summit.

The last push to the summit.

The Webster Cliff Trail

The summit was windy and wonderful.  The heat and humidity didn’t have a chance at 4,000 feet of elevation.  We found a spot tucked away amongst the stunted fir and spruce and enjoyed the first rate view of Mount Washington.  The wind quickly forced us to put on long-sleeves since our backs were soaked in sweat from the hike up.

On the summit of Mount Jackson.

The view from Mount Jackson….what a sight!

We found a great spot to enjoy the view of Mount Washington.  Andrew remembered seeking cover here on a below zero day many winters ago.

What a glorious day!  A view up into the vast expanse of the Presidential-Dry River Wilderness.

Lindsay on the summit of Mount Jackson.

Instead of just heading back down, we decided to hike the Appalachian Trail south to the summit of Mount Webster.  The Webster Cliff Trail had several ups and downs but  was mostly protected in the forest until we made it to the summit.

We were pleasantly surprised to find the trail between Jackson and Webster a mix of wetlands and exposed ledges. This is Andrew’s favorite type of trail.

Lindsay on the summit of Mount Webster.

Andrew takes in the long view down off Mount Webster.

From the Webster summit we took the Webster Cliff Trail which reunites with the Webster-Jackson Trail.  Just before the junction with the Webster-Jackson Trail is a wonderful waterfall and pool: Silver Cascades.

Silver Cascades

A red fox on a mission.

We hiked the last mile back down to Route 302 and spotted a red fox walking up the road.  Since it was late Sunday afternoon we were one of the last cars in the parking area.  For one of the big mountains, Mount Jackson is relatively easy – although be ready for a steep uphill climb and watch out for the “clickity-clacks”!

6 thoughts on “Clickity-Clack

    • At one point I looked back at him and he wasn’t even using them. He was using his hands to help climb up something while his poles swung around and banged against rocks and trees. Sometimes it makes more sense to use your hands to climb and in that case, strap those puppies to your pack!

  1. So we hope that we haven’t offended anyone with this post. We know a lot of people that use poles and for good reason. (Just know that we can hear you coming!) We use poles sometimes too (but well, only when we are cross country skiing).

  2. As a regular user of poles the clickity clack annoys me at times too, but being considerably older than you they aid in the effort. Great pictures of your hike, and I think poles would be pretty useless on that trail.

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