View Full Version : Going to Jackson . . . and Slightly Beyond (14-Jan-2010)

01-15-2010, 01:29 PM
Trying to keep up with the ever changing weather forecasts (particularly above the notches) is sort of like trying to hit a moving target! Just an hour before our hike, Steve and I eventually settled on doing a mild-mannered trek to Mt. Jackson. From what we could gather, this area of the Whites seemed to offer a reasonable chance at getting some views on this particular day.

We got on the trail shortly before 10 AM and made good time up to Bugle Cliff. I might not have the story quite right, but I think this spot was so-named because of a quaint custom that used to be in place at the old Crawford House. From this cliff, a bugler would provide a "wake-up" call to the hotel guests. Here is a snapshot showing a modern day version of the bugler's view (except I doubt he bugled in the winter!:rolleyes:)

Bugler's View from Bugle Cliff

With the brilliant white of the snow-laden trees contrasting against the deep-blue sky, it was a beautiful trek all the way to the summit of Jackson. At one point, the trail went through a tunnel formed by trees bent over from the snow load.

Caution! Low Clearance Tunnel Ahead


When we arrived at the summit, there was only a slight whisper of a breeze, but things above us were rapidly moving. Peaks would appear and disappear in the clouds which were constantly on the move from place to place. By playing a game of "peek-a-boo" with the clouds, we were eventually able to get the traditional shot looking up the southern Presidential Range toward Mt. Washington.

Traditional Winter View of Southern Presidentials from Mt Jackson


And, in between fluctuating cloud-cover, we were also able to work in some other shots, such as the Willey Range, and southward toward Chocorua.

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However, for the most part, the peaks to the west of us remained in the clouds. Here is a snapshot looking westward over Mts. Willard and Avalon toward Mt. Tom.

Westward View Overlooking Mts Willard & Avalon toward Mt Tom


Of course, it's almost a given that on Mt. Jackson you'll get some nice Gray Jay snapshots.


Steve and I are rarely content to do just a simple "out & back" hike to a peak. So, to add a little something extra to our trip, we decided to break trail off the north side of Mt. Jackson and head about 0.4 mile down to the flat boggy area in order to get some slightly different views from there. When we arrived at the bog, there were no clouds whatsoever over the Presidential Range. Here is a photo taken from that location.

Southern Presidentials from Bog to the North of Mt Jackson's Summit


Although the Presidential view was impressive, it was equally impressive to see the gathering of snow sculptures created by none other than "Mother Nature" herself. Below is photo showing a typical gathering of these works of art.

A Congregation of Snow Sculptures


And, here is a close-up shot which shows the "facial-features" of these beautiful creations.

Close-Up Snapshot of Snow Sculpture's "Facial Features"


Another great day in the Whites!


01-15-2010, 01:58 PM
Wow fantastic trip report and absolutley beautiful pictures. Looks like you guys had a terrific day hiking. Thanks so much for sharing you adventure and your pictures with us.

Snow Miser
01-15-2010, 02:22 PM
I agree! Wow, what a great TR and photos. What a nice day to be out in all that snow and blue skies. Thanks for sharing, especially for those of us that don't have any snow right now.:)

01-15-2010, 04:53 PM
looks like a nice day for you

Anna LeBlanc
01-15-2010, 09:42 PM

Those have to be some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen! We want to do Mt Jackson this Summer and you've just really given me something to look forward to.

I'll have to remember to bring seed for the Jays.

Thanks for another great TR.You always have a way of making yours seem extra special.



01-16-2010, 08:27 AM
Chris, Bob, Charlie, and Anna: I want to give a HUGE "Thank You" to each of you for your very generous comments in response to my Trip Report. I enjoy doing hikes and sharing my experiences with others, and it's always nice to know that my reports provide some pleasure to those who read them.

Thanks again!

01-16-2010, 11:55 AM
Awesome pictures and TR....love the bird...I think we saw one of his friends in Nov on Mt Field.

Ohh....I cannot wait to get back to NH!

01-16-2010, 03:59 PM
More wonderful stuff John! It was well worth your side trip to the bog - the perspective from there is stunning (not that the other shot aren't). I love the snow sculptures too. Now is it just me or does the one on the right in the Facial Features shot look like George Washington? Of course what better place for a snowy president than in the snowy presidentials ;)

You're right about the Gray Jays too - Jackson seems to be one of their favorite places. And Anna - you don't need to bring seed. They'll be more than happy to eat all of your snacks :rolleyes:

01-17-2010, 08:22 AM
Wow, what a beautful day and absolutely beautiful picutures. You do have a talent with the camera, I've used a couple of your shots as my desk top already.

How do you get the bird to sit in your hand, just by putting seed?

I'm glad that I started popping in to this forum now, I was def. missing out.

Thank you...:)

01-17-2010, 10:10 AM
Mark: Thank you for taking time to post a reply . . . much appreciated.

Regarding your comment about the close-up snapshot showing the "facial features" of the snow sculptures, it seems that different folks see different things. I agree with your assessment that the one on the right sort of resembles George Washington. However, my wife sees the figure on the right as being a female (perhaps Martha Washington?), and she sees the figure on the left as being a male (perhaps George) asking her to dance a minuet.

KathyC: Wow . . . thank you for your very kind words about my photos!

Regarding your question about how I got the Gray Jay to sit on my hand, there is really no trick to it. Those guys are so friendly, all you need to do is put a small morsel of food in your hand and they will gladly land on your hand and take your "offering". And, as Mark indicated, the "offering" does not need to be seed. They will eat bits of sandwiches, trail mix, or almost anything.

They are so cute that it's difficult to get angry with them, but they can become a bit pesky while you are trying to eat your own lunch. Also, if you have set you pack down and they detect food in a side pocket or wherever, they will sometimes peck at your pack to try to get at it. However, you might be safe if you packed pickled peppers in your pack, because I don't think they would peck a pack to get pickled peppers!:rolleyes::)