Mt. Washington via Jewell Trail, Gulfside Trail and Crawford Path

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Mt. Washington via Jewell Trail, Gulfside Trail and Crawford Path is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marshfield Station, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3720 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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 by the parking area on the south side of the road.

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hiking
2 days ago

Above treeline has gorgeous views and once you are surrounded by the forest it's rather peaceful. Bright green moss everywhere and the sun slanting through the trees. An easier trail than the Ammonoosuc, in my opinion.

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5 days ago

Easy trail, but rather boring when below treeline which is more than half of the hike. better choices available.

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10 days ago

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14 days ago

challenging hike. weather can change on a dime, which can impede any/all views near the top.

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

- Bring water, food, wear long pants, bring a waterproof windbreaker and a warm layer or two in your pack as well as a headlamp. It was 72 at the base and 36 at the top with the windchill.

We hiked the whole 10(ish) mile trail loop, starting with the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, up to Crawford Pass, to Gulfside Trail, and down Jewell Trail back to the Cog Railway parking lot. If you use AllTrails they'll call this a 7.4 mile loop, it's not, ends up at around 11-12 with a few loop backs. It is an absolutely beautiful hike up the Ravine Trail, so have your camera ready. As you climb up you get a wonderful view of the valley. At the top of that pass there is a lodge that was selling soup for $2 before you continue the climb up to the top of mt washington (1.5 miles) which is where the cog railway takes people. While there you can also pick up some provisions in case you've run short before heading back down or you can cut the hike short and take the cog railway down. The hike down is extremely rocky using the Jewell trail with far more shaky rocks than the way up on the Ravine trail, you are also above the tree line and exposed for a portion of this hike back. At the bottom there is a split for nt parking to the right, if you parked at the cog station take the left route or you'll be walking on the road for an extra .5+. Overall a beautiful hike up the highest point in NE.

***Check the weather before hiking at https://www.mountwashington.org/experience-the-weather/mount-washington-weather.aspx*** There is a reason this hike is listed on the top 7 mountains in the world that are underestimated (there's a sign at the top of the 159 people the mountain has claimed). The mountain is cited to have the worst weather in North America, and it constantly shifts. Storms blow in out of nowhere, fog rolls in and people get lost on the trail. So be prepared.

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

A great day of hiking. Incredible views throughout. I was able to bang out Monroe too. So two off the list. This added a little over a mile to the hike. My first time up Washington and I will always remember this day, just amazing!

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2 months ago

Did this on a 87 degree day. Totally worth it.

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