Mount Jefferson

November 13, 2013  •  1 Comment

Last week the snow mostly melted off the Presidentials so Mount Washington lost its white blanket. Temporary of course, but with that and a few nice clear days, the urge to take advantage of the opportunity for a hike was too much. So, off to climb Mount Jefferson, the easy way from Jefferson Notch (44.267022,-71.378188) using the Caps Ridge Trail.

From the trailhead you can get a glimpse of your destination. The trail starts at over 3000 feet. Because of recent blow-downs, there are plenty of opportunities for fine views even before reaching timberline. The most dramatic perhaps is at the glacial potholes. Because there are so many images, just a few will be posted here and the rest will be in a slideshow down below.

 

The stretch of trail over the Caps is the steep section. Above treeline and where the krummholz is absent because of the ledge, the trail markers have faded considerably. So you have to pay attention to where the route goes. The AMC guidebook mentions the three summits of Jefferson: there is no sign at the peak. The November weather was very nice. Only a dusting of snow remained, temperatures were just below the freezing point, and when sheltered from the southwest gusts, it was quite fine. It was a very quiet day without the Cog Railway running, no cars on the Auto Road, and only three other hikers. A fantastic hike.

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Jefferson Notch Road.

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Lake of the Clouds Hut below Mount Monroe.

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View of Mount Washington from the summit of Mount Jefferson.

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Mount Adams blocks views of the valleys to the north.

Multi-image panorama of Mount Washington, Clay, Monroe, Franklin, and Eisenhower.

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Glacial potholes.

 

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Late afternoon sun on the Mount Clinton Road.

 

Epilogue: Since the hike, Mount Washington has again been covered with snow. Even down in the valley we received snow to greet us last Sunday morning.


Comments

sage(non-registered)
So glad you were able to take this hike and then share it with us. "Glacial potholes"...don't think I've heard that term before, but I like it. I like the imagery of it. Yes, indeed! "Krummholz" is another word I was unfamiliar with. Thank you so much for sharing it and the link.

There is so much to love about Maine, isn't there? Lovely little glimpse here.
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