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Tim&Val
06-11-2009, 05:00 PM
Last Friday, Tim & I headed up Mt Jefferson via Caps Ridge Trail. Last time we stood on that summit, we could see maybe 30 feet. We thought it would be nice to be there when it was NICE. ;)

We had a lovely day - lots of time spent birding in the first mile, then up over the caps, which are so much fun, then the rough 0.5-mile to the summit. The weather was never in question and we could have lunch at the top in relative comfort (and yet no bugs).

The next day, we met up with Debi and her family at Glen House, then headed up the Auto Road. We stopped at the Alpine Garden Trailhead at the 6-mile mark and then hiked in along the rim of Huntington Ravine and along towards Tuckerman Ravine. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and everyone really enjoyed themselves! We even saw a bear on the Auto Road - although I think a LOT of people are seeing him recently.

Trail Reports here!
Mt Jefferson (http://www.barkeater.ws/nh48/images/MtJefferson/20090605/MtJeffersonFrames.htm)
Alpine Garden (http://www.barkeater.ws/nh48/images/AlpineGarden/20090606/AlpineGardenFrames.htm)

Thanks!
Valerie

mtruman
06-11-2009, 06:27 PM
Wow - what an amazing weekend! The Alpine Garden hike the way you guys did it has to be one of the best bang-for-the-hikes up there. Too bad the flowers are a bit slow this spring but the day sure looks perfect.

You've just convinced me to move Jefferson up the list (note to self - too many hikes at the top of the list and too little time in the mountains). This is the best set of pics of a hike up the Caps Ridge that I've seen. Wish there was a better option for coming down - I love this kind of route on the way up but share your dislike of the down Val. This may be one that we can sneak in during the week after STP pending the rest of the plans. Easy enough access from Moose Brook...

Tim&Val
06-11-2009, 06:53 PM
You've just convinced me to move Jefferson up the list (note to self - too many hikes at the top of the list and too little time in the mountains). This is the best set of pics of a hike up the Caps Ridge that I've seen. Wish there was a better option for coming down - I love this kind of route on the way up but share your dislike of the down Val. This may be one that we can sneak in during the week after STP pending the rest of the plans. Easy enough access from Moose Brook...

Jefferson was actually our last of the 48 when we did it last Sept. Not sure why... it just happened that way.

If you could spot a car, it would be possible to walk the ridge over to Mt Clay and then come down the Jewell Trail. That makes a much longer walk but would be very nice on the ridge if the weather was good. Other than that, the only "detour" that we would consider next time would be to take the Cornice around to the south and hit the Gulfside Trail (AT) and then head back north from there. We haven't been on that part of the Gulfside Trail before, but it may be a bit less rough since it's probably better-traveled. It would add about a little more than half a mile each way, but may still be a quicker trip! If we could alleviate some of the roughness in that top half-mile, then I think the rest of the way down would be more comfortable.

It's definitely easy access from Moose Brook. You are a better man than I (which is not that difficult) if you can do Caps Ridge right after Mt Washington! ;)

Valerie

p.s. if you're looking for another exciting path up Mt Jeff, check out Kevin's trip report up the Castle Trail!

mtruman
06-11-2009, 07:53 PM
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It's definitely easy access from Moose Brook. You are a better man than I (which is not that difficult) if you can do Caps Ridge right after Mt Washington! ;)


What the heck. Last year did Falling Waters (your favorite trail I believe) and Franconia Ridge the day after STP (and Greenleaf to Galehead the day after that - nap time anyone?). How bad can Caps Ridge be?

Just checked out Kevin's Castle Trail. I see what you mean! Decisions, decisions...

FisherCat
06-11-2009, 09:14 PM
LOVE your shots of the Alpine Garden! We recognized a lot of the cairns on that stretch as we spent two days rebuilding some of them and positioning scree walls in that stretch last year. Wonderful floral and bird shots too! Thanks for posting!

KD Talbot
06-11-2009, 09:39 PM
Both hikes must have been beautiful! Great pics, birds in particular. I really like the picture of Val standing in the dead trees, very interesting composition. How great to get out there with family, kids especially.

KDT