Mount Jefferson Via Caps Ridge Trail
10th 4,000 footer! Officially in the double digits. This was another mountain part of the Presidential Range that offers some breath taking views. This day I wasn't sure I was going to be able to catch a view or not as rain was in the forecast. It turned out to be pretty decent weather despite a short down pour on the way back down.
The hike itself was mostly in the woods until we left the treeline. From there it was nothing but rocks with only Cairns and faded markers leading the way. There were a couple areas that were very steep and was more like rock climbing than hiking. The fog started to get a littler thicker as the clouds swept up over the mountain in the wind. It was time to replace my ball cap with a winter hat and add another layer of clothing. It got pretty chilly for a few minutes and i thought it was going to rain for sure. The clouds began to look very dark and I was a little nervous we might get caught in a thunderstorm.
We continued to make our way up the mountain and soon we were out of the fog and could see glimpses of Mount Washington and a beautiful view before us. That last part of the hike was rather grueling and it felt that we were racing against a storm. We reached the summit despite the wind and fog and expected rain.
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." -Robert Frost
Mt. Jefferson was first summited in 1820 by Adino Brackett, John W. Weeks and Charles J. Stuart.
It was time to make our descent down and that's when the rain decided to grace us. It rained pretty hard and steady for a solid 10 minutes before we were back into blue sky's and tank top temperatures.
Mt. Jefferson Via Caps Ridge Trail:
Location: Mount Washington State Park
Elevation Gain: 2,684 Feet
Distance: 5.7 miles
Time Frame: 3-5 hours moving
Elevation: 5,716 Ft
"May your trails be crooked, winding, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view." -Edward Abbey
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