Mt Jefferson via Caps Ridge Trail

Full Day Hike

DATE: Sep 18, 2021
END DATE: Sep 18, 2021

Hike/Event Location: White Mountains NH

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Plymouth, NH United States

Meeting Time: 9:00 AM

Max # People: 12

Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Hike Difficulty Level:

Moderate to Strenuous

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“Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

Mt Jefferson: Via the Caps Ridge Trail.

  • Elevation (highest point) 5716ft – Mt Moosilauke
  • Distance to highest point 2.5 miles
  • Total trip distance 5 miles.

This trip is considered MODERATE to STRENUOUS. Steep grade (down), false summits, pace, exposure, and weather are all factors. Climbers should be comfortable with steady, consistent pace and possible winter conditions.

Over ¾ of this trip is exposed above tree line, there is no shelter or alternate routes. If weather is inclement this hike WILL BE CANCELLED.

Group will meet at the Caps Ridge Trail parking lot at 9am and depart by 9:20. Trail head parking is located on the Jefferson Notch Road.

Trail Details and Distances:

            Don’t be fooled, this is an amazing hike with many hidden challenges. Distance is 2.5 miles from parking to the summit. Travelers will break tree line after approximately 20 mins and remained exposed to the summit. This trail has amazing views from several “false summits”. Some steep, rocky ledges to cross. Not ideal for those who do not like heights. Because of so much of the trail is exposed with NO shelter this hike will be cancelled if weather is inclement.   

PREPARATION/WHAT TO BRING: White Mountains can and do have unpredictable and extreme weather changes year-round. Do not be fooled by lower elevation weather. Weather in higher elevations can be very tricky and unstable. A major portion of this trip is exposed above tree line, there is no shelter.

It is recommended that hikers:

  • Have extra dry clothing, sun, and wind protection.
  • Minimum of 2 liters of water
  • It is highly recommended to bring a BLISTER KIT (DIY kits online). DO NOT wear brand-new footwear, foot first aid will be necessary.
  • If you need suggestions on what to bring, PLEASE ASK!!

For this trip it is important to bring along flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor.

Covid – This Trail is very popular destination for hikers.

  • Please bring a mask for the use when in close proximity to others.
  • Respect people’s space
  • There are a variety of mask styles to match the variety of covid opinions. Let’s be safe and respect others. We are not the only people on the trail.

Group Size: It is not fun leaving folks out of trips.

  • PLEASE cancel so others may join. If you are on the waiting list, please contact me the days prior to the trip, most likely there is room and if needed this trail will allow us to break the group into smaller groups. 
  • Decreasing the impact to the environment is always a priority! Above tree line it is vital to stick to the paths and rocks. Do not stray.
  • Please plan to “carry in and carry out” all items. It may also be possible to collect other hikers’ debris along the way.

Weather: The weather for this trip will be monitored the week prior. If it is a concern any updates or cancellation information will be posted by the Friday prior by 6pm. If it is a cancellation, it will include a rescheduled date so participants can watch for that opportunity.

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Safety is a priority! Any time a hiker is injured or lost a HUGE team of volunteers is dispatched to aid in the search and rescue efforts.

  • No one wants to be injured or put other in harm’s way.
  • Always be prepared. Know your limits.
  • Any questions feel free to contact me.

Resources used to plan this trip:

Group will meet at the Caps Ridge Trail parking lot at 9am and depart by 9:20. Trail head parking is located on the Jefferson Notch Road.

Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot

Group will meet at the Caps Ridge Trail parking lot at 9am and depart by 9:20. Trail head parking is located on the Jefferson Notch Road.

Where to meet: The parking lot can be reached by following the Cog Railway Road off route 302. Jefferson Notch Road is approximately 5 miles on the left. The parking area is at the height of the Jefferson Notch Road.  

**Because of trip preparation the trip leader is unable to provide a ride for this trip.

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Plymouth, NH

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Discuss This Trip/Event
nhclimber03264 Posted Sep 17, 2021 at 7:53 PM

Weather looks good, but needs to be monitored. Possible rain late in the day. See you all at the trail head.

nhclimber03264 Posted Sep 14, 2021 at 5:26 AM

Watch the WEATHER!! Remember this trail is almost entirely exposed. I will send updates as we get closer to the day in question.

nhclimber03264 Posted Sep 14, 2021 at 5:25 AM

jfriedman welcome to New England. I have sent you an email about this hike, please confirm that you got it! Check your spam as some messages can wander. Thanks JT

jfriedman Posted Sep 13, 2021 at 4:53 PM

Just arrived from blazing california and looking forward to join all of you.

nhclimber03264 Posted Sep 12, 2021 at 5:23 PM

Please watch weather for upcoming conditions.

nhclimber03264 Posted Aug 29, 2021 at 5:00 PM

This trip was rescheduled from an August date due to weather issues and road/trail closures. (USFS closed all forest access). In mid September winter conditions are possible on this trail. Hiking experience in 2021 is required (greater than 5 miles) and above tree line experience is preferred. Fall is coming and the rules of the game change!

Tophertech Posted Aug 21, 2021 at 8:32 AM

Thanks for staying on top of this. B/c of the date change, I might have to drop from this.

nhclimber03264 Posted Aug 21, 2021 at 6:01 AM

August 21st 2021 -- if you are currently signed up (as of 5am) please email me that you are aware of this trip being rescheduled. I want to insure that NO ONE is driving up to a hike that is not happening!!!

nhclimber03264 Posted Aug 21, 2021 at 5:59 AM

This hike was originally scheduled for August 22nd and has now been rescheduled for SEPTEMBER 18th

nhclimber03264 Posted Aug 20, 2021 at 7:11 PM

On a serious note! Weather is looking grim. Region reports 60% chance of rain. When appears to be unknown. Tropical Storm/Hurricane coming up the coast on Sunday, where and time frame TBD. Weather could impact hiking, weather will definitely impact travel home. Feel free to email thoughts, opinions and ideas. Monitoring and researching, will make appropriate decision in the next 12 to 24 hours.

nhclimber03264 Posted Aug 18, 2021 at 5:57 PM

Reminder, humor is not allowed on this trip. There will be no fun, no laughter and absolutely no tickling.

nhclimber03264 Posted Aug 18, 2021 at 5:56 PM

I get wild emails, one person wrote "Jon can I feed the birds along the trail and is sexual intercourse allowed". My response, "feeding wild life is not encouraged as it tends to make them more tolerant of people. As for sexual intercourse, I am certain that sex with animals (or birds) is illegal in NH. Hope you still join us for the hike".

nhclimber03264 Posted Aug 18, 2021 at 5:51 PM

Weather looks wild for the next few days. Keep an eye on local forecasts as well as www.mountwashington.org - the weather observatory is an amazing resource and very accurate for the summit conditions.

nhclimber03264 Posted Aug 18, 2021 at 5:49 PM

Bobcat has an amazing home and it is great for releasing travel stress. I encourage folks to contact Bobcat and make arrangements.

Bobcat Posted Aug 18, 2021 at 4:11 PM

If anyone needs a place to stay on Sat or Sun, let me know- (I have a few extra bedrooms). Also, everyone is invited to have a drink/snacks on the deck after the hike or a hot shower at the house. My house is near Franconia- about 35 minutes from the trailhead.

nhclimber03264 Posted Aug 14, 2021 at 8:08 PM

If you reach the trail head and do NOT run for the bushes, you are already risking dehydration. Drinking a lot of fluids (water) 12 hours in advance is ideal. This trail is exposed, sunny hot weather and you will dry right up, then cramp up and then... well you know the rest. Just DRINK WATER BEFORE and bring a minimum of 2 liters on the hike. Be safe, don't be a number

nhclimber03264 Posted Aug 9, 2021 at 9:38 PM

Harlescharle I sent you an email. As a guest I do not know if you can receive them. If not let me know and I will provide contact info. I have info related to the hime

nhclimber03264 Posted Aug 9, 2021 at 9:04 PM

Please monitor your email/spam, updates regarding weather will be posted Feel free to email me directly if you have any questions.

nhclimber03264 Posted Aug 9, 2021 at 9:03 PM

Required for this trip -- sense of humor!

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