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Mount Jackson and Webster Trail Loop

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White Mountain National Forest

Mount Jackson and Webster Trail Loop is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Whitefield, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,224 feet Route Type: Loop

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A great hike when time is limited. The views from both peaks are impressive, encompassing Mt. Washington, the southern Presidential Range peaks, and Crawford's Notch. The climb is steep in places and strewn with granite but it is in New Hampshire after all. There is a pleasant waterfall with an enticing pool of water at it's base along the Webster Trail.

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3 days ago

Beautiful hike, waterfalls along the trail, fun scrambles on the way up to Jackson. Needed spikes for the last 1/3 to the summit, but was postholing on the way down! Would be manageable without microspikes, but they DEFINITELY made it easier!

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4 days ago

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7 days ago

Going up Jackson was great, heading down Webster took quite some time. Snowshoes May have helped but the monorail was super narrow. With microspikes we fell through several times. Beautiful day though. We went up for sunrise and didn’t see a soul until we got about a mile from the trailhead on our way back.

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12 days ago

You NEED spikes.... didn’t have any. Made summit but fell multiple times. Really icy and lots of snow still!

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14 days ago

The trail was muddy for the first 1/2 mile to mile, then it really turned to snow and ice. The trail to mount Jackson was easy to follow due to the pack down of snow and ice. It was doable without microspikes, as mine broke about a mile in and completed the rest without them. However, they would be extremely useful. The trail was empty early in the morning, but on my decent, there were quite a few people heading up. Get there early (before 10am)!

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17 days ago

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29 days ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Would not recommend bare booting, no need for snowshoes either. Moderate hike with micro spikes. Beautiful views with very chilly winds so pack layers!

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2 months ago

Hiked on 2/23, perfect conditions. Trails packed down, lots of snow up there. It was a winter wonderland. Bare booted it. There were a few spots where spikes could have made it a bit easier, but they were so brief it wasn’t worth the trouble of taking them out/putting them on/etc. Saw some people use snowshoes on the saddle between J and W (we went up J first, clockwise loop), but definitely seemed unnecessary. There is so much snow on the trees up there that in many places you have to duck under very low hanging branches. I wouldn’t have wanted to add snowshoes to that (little) hassle. In fact we had to wait about 10 minutes while the 6 of them put on their (obviously rented) snowshoes and then adjust their outfits, bc stepping off the trail in many places will earn your lower half a snow bath and the trail is too narrow to pass in many places. View from Jackson is incredible. Clear views of Washington and pretty much everything else on this beautiful day! Great view of the Notch from Webster. Highly recommend this hike.

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3 months ago

Combinations of hard pack snow (early in day and at higher elevations) and softer mushy packed snow (end of sunny day at lower elevations) on the trail. Only used micro spikes with great success. Small handful of exposed icy patches on trail. No snow shoes needed at all if staying on the trail. Water crossings were all still no problem at all.

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3 months ago

Hiked the Webster Jackson loop yesterday. Great hike with micro spikes only. A few had snow shoes from Jackson to Webster but really necessary. Some great butt sliding. Over cast and cloudy but still had great views at the top.

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