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hiking
4 days ago

Did this as part of a loop including Ammonoosuc Ravine trail->Monroe Loop->Crawford Path->Edmands Path. We ascended Ammonoosuc and descended via Edmands Path. Probably about 10 miles.

BEWARE - If you do the above loop and park at Ammonoosuc Ravine trailhead, know that Mt Clinton Rd is closed even in late May. Plan accordingly. We had to walk 2.3 miles back up to Ammonoosuc trailhead where we parked - not that big of a deal but after a long day you will want to be prepared for that.

Edmands has a couple of very nice flat sections especially as you are at treeline close to Crawford Path intersection. Didn't see any other hikers (because Mt Clinton Rd was closed). Lot's of snow near the top still on the trails. There looks like what I would call tornado ruins, or possibly a downburst, that flattened a huge section of the trees about midway on the path. The path has been cleared but it's very interesting to see.

This time of year this is absolutely an advanced hike. It is steep for almost the entirety and the packed snow and ice gives way regularly. There is an area where you have to cross over a downed tree to get across the engorged river cascade and plenty of areas where you can hear the water running under your feet. Bring traction and remember to test each step, because you might fall through into water! The payoff though...absolutely DIVINE!! You can see outrageously far in every direction from the summit. Maybe I'll save this one for the summer in the future!!

This review is specifically for the Caps Ridge - Castle - Link loop... It was a beautiful day, and all I can say was that this route is among the most dynamic, scenic, and downright enjoyable ventures I've had the pleasure to experience. Once you ascend past the timber line (very soon after the trailhead), the views of the valley are phenomenal. Once the views come, you're in for scrambling nearly the rest of the way to the summit. Once past the largest of the rocks and close to the summit, we were enveloped in fog. ... but the great thing about the fog is that you already know that soon starting the descent, you're in for some more stunning valley views - and that's exactly what we got with Castle Trail. The views from Castle are just as mesmerizing as those from the Caps Ridge ascent, and yet still decidedly their very own. Truly phenomenal.

In retrospect, The Link was likely my favorite part of the entire loop. Though it's a relatively brief stretch, it's a challenge to visually pick out where the trail actually is - so wherever your foot lands might as well be considered it! I'd recommend taking it slow and soaking in as much of the scenery as possible for two reasons: 1) the entirety of this section is what comes to mind if I had to imagine what an enchanted forest looks like, and 2) there are myriad unstable/slippery/otherwise dynamic surfaces upon which you'll tread, and there's no shortage of spots where a misstep is a risk that you can't afford to take.

This loop is not only an excellent physical challenge, but also an unforgettable experience (particularly so given the exceptional bang for your buck given the overall modest distance involved). We completed it in roughly 6 hours (which includes roughly 30 minutes spent enjoying the summit). I've been wanting to give this another go ever since this first time, and will do so again this year. There's a great many hikes yet on my list, but out of all those I've done up until now, this one holds a very special place for me.

Enjoy!

I didn’t start this one to early afternoon so i knew i had to move if i didn’t want this to be a full night decent, but when i go to the top it was one of the most amazing sunsets i’ve ever seen, definitely worth the wait if you don’t mind hiking down in the dark!

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty icy. A beautiful hike. After moving from AZ this was quite a change for me. Trust in the God of Crampons (lol) and keep going. It was 30mph winds on the peak and quite cold. Make sure you watch your footing when you hit the rocks near the summit. Those are slippery, else this was a straightforward hike and it's impossible to stray off path.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike if you're new to winter hiking (or a veteran). Used microspikes the whole way up and down as well as hiking poles for added balance. Well labeled trail, impossible to get off track. Persistently back and forth between steep and moderate. Summit was extremely windy but great views. Top is quite icy, both me and my partner slipped and fell while climbing down from the summit but not a big deal. Grey Jay birds are prominent here and love to eat from your hand!

Amazing winter hike! We used microspikes the whole way, carrying snowshoes. Temps were relatively balmy (read: teens) below treeline. Once we were exposed, we made a quick dash for the summit and returned back to trees ASAP. Winds were estimated at a -20 windchill up there. Absolutely beautiful!

I enjoy looping this with the Link Trail and Cas. Ridge Trail.

Spectacular view of the Presidentials. Heavy ice for the last 1/2 mile

Absolutely fantastic trail!!!
Not for the faint of heart though.
Fairly easy till you break the tree line then it becomes difficult.

on Mount Jackson Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail and gorgeous views at the top. Significant ice and snow on trail, especially the second half. We were very glad to have our stabilicers. Our dog could not make it the last tenth of a mile because of the steep icy slopes but did great on the rest of the trail. Can’t wait to hike this trail again sometime!

Great hike with our 5 and 7 year old troopers. Amazing views and technically challenging caps made for a not at all boring hike for the kids.

good hike. 3-4 hours

Great hike today. 3-4 inches snow pack. A little icy on top. Recommend micro spikes. Trail clearly marked. View from top is awesome. Took took 1 1/2 hr to get down as there were some slippery spots. Too a little over 2 to summit.

hiking
6 months ago

Good Hike. Icy in November. Our dogs couldn't make it to the summit, but they are larger and a bit clumsy. This was mainly due to the ice. Great views at the summit! Worth it. Definitely not an easy hike, but it was manageable.

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing view. Recent snowfall led to slippery rocks near the top, so it can get somewhat treacherous during rainy periods. However, totally worth the hike.

Yet another spectacular White Mountain, Presidential hike. First snow-shoed it on December 4, 1993, from Crawford Notch up Edmands Brook Path to Mt. Eisenhower and back down the same trail. Took 2.8 hours up to the top with cramp-ons and 2 hours down. Last hiked it on June 24, 1995. Took Crawford Path to Mizpah Cutoff, to Crawford Path, to Mt. Pierce/Clinton, to Mt. Eisenhower, to Mt. Eisenhower Trail, to Dry River Cutoff, to Mizpah Cutoff, to Crawford Path to parking lot. Took 3 hours up to top (5 miles) and 4 hours down (7 miles) with several stops at river crossings to swim.

hiking
7 months ago

Yet another spectacular White Mountain, Presidential hike. Last hiked it on September 23, 2000. Parked on 302 and took Webster-Jackson Trail from Crawford Notch to Mount Jackson, then Webster Cliff Trail to Mount Webster, and finished the loop with Webster-Jackson Trail to bottom. Drove to parking lot across from sign that reads, “Mt. Washington State Park via Cog Railway 4 miles.” Trailhead for Webster-Jackson Trail located on East side of Route 302 between above-mentioned sign and another sign that reads, “AMC Crawford Notch Info 1000 feet Seasonal.” Watch for a bleached wooden post about 6 feet high with a small sign having no message on it. Started hike at 12:30 p.m. on Webster-Jackson Trail and reached the peak of Mt. Jackson at 1:45 p.m. View from top excellent. Took Webster Cliff Trail from peak of Mt. Jackson over to Mt. Webster and arrived on peak of Mt. Webster at 2:30 p.m. Peak was .1 miles beyond junction between Webster-Jackon Trail and Webster Cliff Trail. Peak of Mt. Webster is spectacular, cliffs. View from cliffs of Route 302 area. Returned .1 miles to junction and took Webster-Jackson Trail from top of Mt. Webster towards Silver Cascades arrow on sign. Beautiful waterfall and pool on way down Webster-Jackson Trail before it meets with junction of Webster-Jackson TraiI took on the way up. Reached junction to repeat trail to the road at 3:15 p.m. Reached Route 302 at 3:50 p.m.

Fun hike

hiking
7 months ago

I did this hike today. The scrambling near the top was a bit difficult for me. I then went over to mount Webster and came down that way. definitely a hard decent for my knees..but so glad I went, views absolutely amazing!

on Mount Jackson Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Interesting trail with stream crossing, large rocks throughout and technical rock climbing for a good section at the top. Dogs needed a boost up several steep rock areas. Not to be taken lightly.

hiking
7 months ago

One of my favorite trails in the White Mountains. Great views, great area, not overly difficult

Wow this hike really gives you your bang for your buck. 1 mile in and the views start coming and they dont end until your back at the 1 mile mark. Very cool day. 30 deg. 20 mile hr winds. hiker said with chill factor we were looking at 10-15 deg feel. But man it was raw nature at its best. No clouds and no bugs!

Mount Jefferson via Cap's Ridge is a trail I have done twice. I like it better each time. I would not recommend it for beginners or first timers. It gets steep in places and there's a decent amount of rock scrambling involved. Make sure you get a good breakfast.

hiking
8 months ago

A fun quick hike with a steady ascent. Wooded summit. We found three of the four pylons from the old fire tower that used to be up her. Definitely make your way over to Owl head mountain for some great views.

best I've done of 4000 footers so far. bouldering up in too third is amazing. false peaks provide almost constant unreal views.

hiking
8 months ago

Completed this hike on 9/01/2017. The day started out quite cold at the base and was VERY windy at the summit. Some areas are a bit of a workout as expected with a Presidential Range 4k. Summit views are great Expected to descend via Webster Cliff however I was a bit under the weather that day and chose cut the day short and go back out the way I came.

hiking
8 months ago

Challenging for my first 4000 footer. I'm glad I did it. The top is a scramble Up rocks. Hard scramble for the dogs, we had to pick them up at times. Our dogs are bigger and younger, but they made it!! 40 degrees at the top with 40 mph wind gusts so we didn't stay long. The views were spectacular! Panoramic. The venture down was rocky, rooty, and steep. Watch your step.

Now I know I can do the other 47!

Great view from the top! Definitely worth the climb up!

cool trail. easy for first hour then some rock climbing.

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