Member Trip report
MOUNT WEBSTER VIA WEBSTER CLIFFS TRAIL T
Trip Report/Photos from Gandalf
Jon and I hiked up Mt. Webster using the exciting Webster Cliff Trail with fun rock scrambles, few people, and met six AT thru hikers! The summits were covered with clouds when we started however the windy conditions cleared them in time for our first view.
"The section of trail ascending to Mt. Webster is more difficult and tiring than the statistics would suggest, with a number of ledge scrambles interspersed through the ascent along the tops of the cliffs." White Mountain Guide. No truer words have ever been said.
Jon and I got a Stairmaster workout to the ridge to the first open ledge with excellent views of Crawford Notch and surrounding mountains. The traverse atop Webster Cliffs opens view after view of Crawford Notch and mountains north and south! Farther along, the trail cuts through sections of ridgetop boreal forest with mushrooms everywhere…some were very unique!!! After reaching the large cairn the trail had us scrambling up a few fairly difficult ledgy scrambles [plenty of footholds and handholds] and passing several more good outlooks including one with a unique angle view east to Montalban Ridge. We slowed down and took our time. We made it in one piece.
The summit had excellent views of Mt. Washington and Bretton Woods. It was too windy to have lunch here so we returned the way we came to find a spot at one of the lower open ledges. Descending the granite walls proved tricky at times and I was not ashamed to slide down my butt a few times…LOL. Best wishes to the AT thru hikers we passed…only 332 miles to Katahdin which we’ll be climbing next week!!!
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