Ascent of Mount Jackson on 2017-03-06

Climber: Scott Dresser

Others in Party:Emily Dresser
Date:Monday, March 6, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Jackson
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4052 ft / 1235 m

Ascent Trip Report

After taking a course on mountaineering skills on Sunday, Emily and I saved Monday for a hike. Somewhat limited for time we picked the Jackson Webster Loop as a good candidate and set out from Conway around 6am to grab some breakfast and get an early start. We were on the trail at 7:45a with temperatures struggling to get into positive territory. Hiked up Webster-Jackson with stops at Elephant Head and Bugle Cliff. The 2-3 steep parts were covered in ice but microspikes got us over everything without any problems. A few inches of recent snow helped but it also covered postholes which you need to be really careful of after all of the recent thaw and refreeze. Got to the top of Jackson in a little over two hours and spent nearly an hour on the top because it was so nice. No wind, lots of gray jays to keep us entertained and the views were wide open with no clouds.

Once we had something to eat we headed southwest down Webster-Cliff with Webster as our next destination. The trail was frozen but covered in 3"-6" of new snow and only had one set of older tracks. In several places we had to hunt for the trail but using the GPS we stayed on course. Wished we had had our snowshoes to help pack the trail and avoid those pesky postholes. They really get your shins if you step into one by accident. As such we didn't make great time between peaks but the views at Jackson were worth the hike. 270 degree view to the west, north and east and, again, no wind to speak of. Could have hung out for another hour but instead we had to get moving down. Webster-Jackson down to the Jackson branch intersection was covered in new snow and with lots of overhanging branches so it was still pretty slow going. The falls on Silver Cascade at the intersection is worth the hike alone -- beautiful in its current frozen state.

Once past the intersection it was a quick walk back down to the car. 17/48 for me and 13/48 for Emily. It was our fourth winter 4k.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2451 ft / 747 m
    Total Elevation Loss:310 ft / 94 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
0F at trailhead, sunny, no wind. 40F when we finished.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2451 ft / 747 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2141 ft / 653 m; Extra: 310 ft / 94m
    Loss on way in:310 ft / 94 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Webster-Jackson (Jackson Branch)
    Start Trailhead:Crawford Notch 302 Parking lot  1911 ft / 582 m
    Time:0 Days 2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Jackson and Webster

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Jackson2017-03-062451 ft / 747 m
2Mount Webster2017-03-06642 ft / 196 m
Total Trip Gain: 3093 ft / 943 m    Total Trip Loss: 3162 ft / 963 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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