Ascent of Mount Jackson on 2012-01-22

Climber: Matt DiFrancesco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, January 22, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Jackson
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4052 ft / 1235 m

Ascent Trip Report

Second winter hike ever for I was staying at the Highland Center, Webster-Jackson was near the top of my list, and with clear weather expected all day, and high-teens summit temps, this was a go. The winds which were supposed to be in the 30mph range never materialized again, not that I'm complaining! Barely a light breeze here and there was felt all day!

Nothing unusual here, I did the Webster-Jackson Trail, doing Jackson first, then along the Webster Cliff Trail to Webster, and down the Webster fork. Microspikes were perfect for this. There were numerous icy ledges along the Webster-Jackson Trail, especially the portion below the fork and the Jackson Branch. Bare boots would have been fine between the summits, but I left the spikes on.

Not too many people seen today either, I might have gotten out before the crowds. Saw 2 people as I returned from the cliff overlook 0.6 miles from the road, they were heading to Washington for the day...that's a decent walk! Ran into 2 guys coming down about 3/4 mile from the Jackson summit, they got a nice early start and were going off to do Cannon in the afternoon!

I was climbing at a better overall rate today, and actually summited right around book time (2.5 hrs) One couple caught up to me shortly after this and we leap-frogged to the summit. They headed right down after taking a few pictures, so I had the summit MOSTLY to myself for 45 minutes while I hung out by the summit carin and snacked. 3 gray jays were all over me during this looking for was even taking food from my hand as I went to eat it!

FANTASTIC views today! The only other time I was on Jackson it was overcast and cloudy, and so visibility wasn't great. Today was a perfect day, 120 mile visibility no problem. Temps were around 15-20F on the summit (at 11AM) and as I mentioned, just a very light intermittent breeze. I took a ton of pictures, identifying what I could off-hand in Carrigain/Vose Spur, Field/Tom/Willey, all the Southern Presidentials, Isolation, Wildcats and even some Carters, Chocoura, Franconia Ridge was peeking out behind the Willey range, and I think I even saw the Bonds. Very nice.

After a while I started packing up to go, and 2 other couples summited right then. I left the gray jays to beg from them and headed to Webster. From here on I saw no one until the road.

The trail between Webster and Jackson I have never been on, but it was pretty steep in a number of spots, and butt-sliding was very helpful on a lot of ledges. The trail was well-broken and easy enough to follow, though the trail was overgrown in a number of spots. Heavy brushing will be needed in spots come spring, though some of it will ease once the snow melts off the limbs that were only in the trail because of snow. Hit the trail junction just below Webster, popped up to the summit for a little to take some pictures into Crawford Notch. Headed down at 12:40, and was back at the car right at 2PM (left the car at 8:20AM).

I was a shade over 5.5 hours for the whole loop with a long stop on Jackson!

Winter 4K #2....

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2202 ft / 670 m
    Total Elevation Loss:362 ft / 110 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Very clear, ~100 mile visibility
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2152 ft / 655 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Webster-Jackson Trail
    Start Trailhead:Webster-Jackson Trailhead  1900 ft / 579 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:362 ft / 110 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 312 ft / 96 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Webster Cliff Trail
    End Trailhead:Webster-Jackson Col  3740 ft / 1139 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Webster-Jackson 1-22-12

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Jackson2012-01-22 a2202 ft / 671 m
2Mount Webster2012-01-22 b270 ft / 82 m
Total Trip Gain: 2472 ft / 753 m    Total Trip Loss: 2472 ft / 753 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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