Jewell Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Twin Mountain, NH that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Directions from US 3 north of I-93, NH: Travel US 3 east to where it intersects with US 302. Take US 302 east for several miles to where it forks with Base Road. Travel Base Road to Mt. Clinton Road. Stay on Base Road and travel 1 more mile to the trailhead on the north side of the road.
I was lucky enough to do this trail on a picture-perfect day. I'm not a seasoned hiker so I found this trail to be difficult. Lower elevations of this trail meander through dense woods. There was one switchback that missed so before you blindly go straight ahead on a trail put your head on s swivel and look around. Breaking through the tree line was spectacular! My first time. Awesome! Near the top as you approach Mt. Washington you are hiking on rocks and you have to be really careful. Go slow and watch every step! The views along the way and at the top are without equal! Spectacular does not describe it adequately. Worth each and every step! Bring lots of water and rest as often as you need. Also, the people I met along the way were fantastic!
Very rocky Trail but beautiful
A sweet and long trail, but I wish there was a little more signs along the trail, and even some post are too far apart, and some need repair! Besides that, it's a really beautiful trail!
Views are spectacular if you catch a sunny day, but the need to constantly balance on the boulders for the first half is tiring and a bit frustrating.
That said, it is a sunny, dry and gradual way down, rather than Amoonusec (which we ascended the day before).
It definitely seems best to go up Amonoosec Ravine Trail, and down Jewell.
There is a cut off to get back to the parking lot more directly ... worth taking as it will save you half a mile or so of walking (or trudging, if your legs are as tired as mine were!).
Came down this trail from the summit after going up the Ammonoosuc trail, which I would not have wanted to descend. Jewell would be a great trail either direction - the views are spectacular and it is a bit more gentle than Ammonoosuc. (Obviously that's a relative description though as I've never experienced the ab workout from hiking that I got from ammonoosuc.) it is still called the rock pile for a very good reason and you do need to carefully watch your step a very long way down, which is a bit frustrating since all you will want to do is stare at the view. You will be above tree line for quite a while so make sure you have sunscreen. The trail is well marked with cairns but you have to keep remembering to make sure to follow them.
Quite difficult. A challenge for sure, especially when you're going down on it. As long as your warm, dry and in good company, and not rushing too much, you can do this. Boots with deep treads are a must.
August 2, 2014 - perfect weather.