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Crawford Notch, NH: Mt. Jackson via the Webster Cliffs

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Distance: 3.1 miles


Score some of the best mountaintop views in the Presidential Range.

From the Webster-Jackson trailhead, hike east. Plan to make side trips to two overlooks in the first mile of trail, Elephant Head (.2 mile one-way) and Bugle Cliff (50 yards), for views of the steep wooded mountainsides of Crawford Notch. Back on trail, pass the 30-foot Silver Cascade Falls at mile 1.1.

From the summit of Mt. Webster .9 mile later, take the Webster Cliff Trail (also part of the Appalachian Trail) northwest toward Jackson, and scramble up granite slabs along the final stretch to Jackson’s summit and unobstructed views of Mt. Washington and the Pemigewasset Range. Gray jays frequent the summit in summer, plying hikers for food. 

GUIDEBOOK: Hiking New Hampshire, by Larry Pletcher ($17, falcon.com)

CONTACT:
(603) 447-5448, fs.fed.us/r9/white

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