Jill and I hiked Mount Jackson and Mount Webster this past weekend, as my earlier posts with regards to trail conditions suggested. Everyone who posted the comments regarding the brooks most likely draining out, was absolutely correct. The Flume Cascade Brook was a trickle of water.
Start Time: 8:10am
Trail Route: Webster-Jackson Trail - Jackson Branch - Webster Cliff Trail - Webster Branch - Webster-Jackson Trail (6.5 miles per Map Adventures WMNF, 4th Ed.)
Temp: 58-62 degrees
Weather: Sunny and Beautiful
The trail was pretty dry at the bottom and our pace was pretty fast moving to the split. Once on the Jackson Branch, it was a bit steeper and a bit more wet with standing water in the trail. I can't even explain how green and mossy the forest was on this portion of the trail. It was amazing and quite a site.
The summit of Jackson was great and the views of the Presidentials are the best I have ever seen. There was cold westerly wind on the summit, but nothing a sweatshirt didn't break. I also had a bit of fun with Gray Jays, since I have never seen them before.
The trip over to Webster, via the Webster Cliff Trail was a bit boring and flat, with no views. Webster was very nice with great views of the Notch. The Webster Branch trail descending was pretty tough due to some steep sections, and made us pretty tired after hiking the two peaks.
I've written this report up with a bit more detail at my blog. If you'd like read more about it, please feel free to visit. I have also posted some pics below.
My Blog: Mt. Jackson and Mt. Webster...We Came Back!!!