Jewell Trail

HARD 19 reviews

Jewell Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Twin Mountain, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.1 miles
2739 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


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.

6 days ago

Something I realized after posting my previous post. The distance of just over 5 miles total may be correct, but the route shown is not the entire Jewell Trail. This shows the Jewell LINK to the Jewell Trail. The actual starting point of the trail is directly across Base Station Rd. from the Ammonoosuc Ravine trailhead. Mea Culpa!

6 days ago

I have suggested an edit to the info above. The actual out and back distance is 7.4 miles. The picture I took of the sign where you meet up with the Gulfside indicates 3.7 miles to base station rd. I used the Jewell Trail as an alternative route to Mt. Jefferson, since the Notch Rd. to the Caps Ridge trailhead was still closed. This is a very beautiful trail, and in my opinion, a family-friendly way to hike to Mt. Washington. This is still a trail in the Whites, and one leading to an area known for dangerous weather. It shouldn't be taken lightly, but with trail-savvy adults to guide, the kids won't have any problem. It's a constant climb, but nowhere are there any rock scrambles or anything too strenuous until you get above treeline, and by then you're almost at the end,The Jewell runs almost parallel to the Gulfside Trail for a short distance, then meets up with it. When you exit treeline, the trail is now marked with cairns, and where it veers right and runs alongside the Gulfside, they can be a little hard to follow. At each one, just orient yourself toward the summit, and look for the next one. Happy Trails!

7 months ago

Loved it - the views above treeline are truly breath-taking. As others have commented, the trail is very exposed once you're out of the woods. There were gusts that made me extra cautious about foot placement and slipping. Had to turn back early (maybe 1/4 to 1/2 mile from summit of Clay) because I had a gear failure and didn't want to chance it. I can't wait to come back and finish the entire trail; maybe even summit Washington. note: Make sure you bring warm gear - once out of the woods it is cold and windy.

8 months ago

this trail is not for beginners. its extremely rocky the whole way up but the views are amazing! if you continue past the jewell trail a little over a mile you will reach the summit of mount washington.

9 months ago

Certainly an interesting trail. I found it very difficult but others may find it easy.

The difficulty does *not* come from steepness. But for half of the trail you are fully exposed, right next to the ledge. I am terrified of heights, don't have a good sense of balance, and broken knees. The trail was out of my league and I could not enjoy it. Because I am slow, it took us 9h in total.

The bottom part is beautiful and had all five star features: rushing creeks, raspberries, rest spots with a view, and changing flora.

Breaking through the timberline was breath taking, because you can see straight down to the cog rail station and six rows of mountains on the west of Mt. Washington.

Above the trees the path crosses through low shrubs in a washed out trail. Be prepared to scramble up some steps if you have short legs.

For the rest of the trail you are fully exposed, it is very difficult to stay on trail here, despite the many cairns. Look for worn rocks and small pebbles. If you are stuck surrounded by holes, you are probably off trail.

After the last switchback the rock trail continues straight towards the rails of the cog railway. More rocks to balance over when it goes down steep right next to you. It is no problem if you don't mind heights, there is plenty of space. If heights are a problem for you, you may want to call it a day here.

If you continue you onto the gulf side trail between Mt Clay and Mt Washington, the trail gets easy with grassy patches. You can now enjoy the view both towards east and west.

The trail is then following the rails. The pieces of coal you find on the trail are a sign of what happens when you meet the steam train in this section. Don't be ashamed to because I am terrified of heights and do not have a good sense for balance cover and crouch.

We turned around at this point, realizing that we won't make it for the last train down, and all hikers reported blizzard-like weather on the summit.

Last thing:at the bottom of the trail you have to cross a small stream (small at least in summer). There are stones, logs, and hiking poles help.

Parking fee for hikers was 5 USD per person.

11 months ago

For a path down, the Jewell Trail is challenging with its constant rocky trails at the top, and then it becomes a narrow, rocky, winding way to the bottom. Nonetheless, an excellent scene the whole way down.

Monday, June 12, 2017

We went for a hike with our 7 months old labrador puppy. We managed to get above the tree line but further was too harsh for a dog. The trail itself is easy not very steep and you still can enjoy breathtaking views. Would recommend to go with a dog - very trained dog to reach the summit or to practice before reaching the summit :)

Sunday, September 04, 2016

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!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Very rocky Trail but beautiful

Monday, October 12, 2015

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!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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!).

Friday, September 18, 2015

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.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

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.

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