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Mitzpah Hut/Mt. Jackson

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Distance: 6.3 miles


Took Crawford Path from Rt. 302/AMC Highland Center 2.5 mi. to Nauman Tent Site (Mitzpah Hut)then next morning hiked 5.0 miles following Webster Cliff Trail to Mt. Jackson summit continuing down to Webster-Jackson Trail and Rt. 302. (Distance shown less due to imperfect trail layout.)

Started out by myself at 5:00PM on 10/10/09 for 2.5 mile walk from Crawford Path trail head just off Rt. 302 (across from AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch) to Mitzpah Cutoff to Mitzpah Hut/Nauman Tent Site.  Weather was very cool (30's) but was comfortable hiking in AMC mock turtle pullover which I had purchased at Crawford Depot.  (A great wicker.  Buy it!)  Arrived at 6:30PM.  Hut was filled to capacity with Columbus Day weekend hikers. Slept at Nauman--ice on the platform in the morning--and then hiked 1.7 miles to Mt. Jackson next morning fortunate to be accompanied by a friendly and talkative woman from Vancouver who was on a 7-day vacation attempting to bag seventeen 4,000 footers!  Weather cool, cloudy and windy with very light snow now and then.  She returned to the hut from Mt. Jackson while I continued on Webster Cliffs Trail to intersection with Webster Jackson and back to Rt. 302.  A total return trip of about 5.0 miles.  Enjoyed the hike very much. Strenuous at times but not consistently so.  My first time hiking alone.  Several interesting scrambles along the way and more rocky going downl than I had anticipated.  I was glad to have hiking poles in hand.  All in all the cool weather and the rocks gave me a very appropriate and manageable challenge for my novice/intermediate level of ability.

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