Backpacking: (2d-1n) Six Husbands Trail & The Ridge Beyond. (Advanced)

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Backpacking: (2d-1n) Six Husbands Trail & The Ridge Beyond. (Advanced)

2 Days & 1 nights of Backpacking

Summit Mt Jefferson 5712ft #3 tallest in NH

 

***Weather Permitting***

Description:

This is one of the most rugged and remote trails on the Presidential Range. Having time? We will check out the amazing scenery of great Gulf with its magnificent views for the couple of hours prior to sunset, based on our speed. It is very remote and this area has been written up in major outdoor magazines and is known for it challenges and beauty.

I plan on setting up a base camp in the Great Gulf Area and Day Hike to the summit of Jefferson and Return back to our gear and Hike out to the cars.

Car Spot:

Not Needed... We will be returning to the same parking lot.

Stat's:

Pace: -- Moderate

Day#1

Meet at Great Gulf trail Head across from Camp Dodge.

Travel up Great Gulf trail Passing features like Clam Rock and numerous cascading waterfalls. Make camp at about the intersections of Six Husbands, Great Gulf & Wamsutta Trail. Check out the scenery have a happy hour and hit the sack early... There is no fires permitted in this area.. FYI

Day#2

Get up early! On the trail at 7am. Head up the awesome Six Husbands Trail and continue to the summit of Mt Jefferson. Travel South along Gulf Side trail to Sphinx Trail and back on Great Gulf Trail to our base camp. Once back pack up our gear and head back to the cars. Very full day!

 

Rating: Advanced

Distance:

Day 1 - 5.4 Miles  Gain 2,000ft +/-  Descend  0ft  +/-

Day 2 - 9.7 Miles   Gain 2,516ft +/- Descend  4,416ft  +/-

 

Note:

Depending on our speed and peoples fitness this plan can be adjusted. Bigger or smaller in miles. Though, mostly only by turning back on the very step Six Husbands or by-passing (not Summit-ing) Mt Jefferson. Not much in the way of other options.. So know your abilities and prepared.


Gear:
On top of Bug Spray!!! You must have the basic backpacking equipment for wilderness camping. 
Some stuff can be borrowed from other’s. I recommend if needed posting a comment on the threads below, your selected trip for available gear and carpooling etc..


Look to the gear list listed at our group page. 
Click "More" 
Click "Files" 
Click "Gear List – Summer Backpacking


Remember ounce's add up too Pounds!!!! no one carry's more then 36lbs!!!


We will pair down things in the week before or at the trail head. This trip so long & tall So, we don't want to bring much duplicated items that are not needed.

Special Note: Cause we are day hiking the summit a super small day pack or a backpack that will be light enough for day hiking is recommended.

Getting There:

Look to the Map above for a meeting location..

Carpooling, we can meet either at a location chosen by the carpool folks. Place the note on the message section of the trip board online....



Additional Trip Planning & Research:


I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", trail maps, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.
Map # 1 Presidential Range



Weather:

The White Mountains have notoriously unpredictable weather.. Any weather report is only good for 24 hours... Decision on go no go will be made on the Thursday before...FYI


Trip Area Web Links:

http://www.vftt.org/forums/showthread.php?7697-Amateurs-on-the-Six-Husbands-Trail-7-03-05

http://forum.hike-nh.com/viewtopic.php?p=48468

http://www.backpacker.com/august_2003_destinations_new_hampshire_great_gulf/destinations/6538

 

RSVP Fee:

Partially is also donation to the groups operating costs for the year.

Also, Paypal processing fee's.


If you are an organizer?

please contact me if you would like to go.. I will wave the donation portion of the fee for being a continued organizer of the Mountaineers...


Why we Charge a Fee? It only gets real truly interested participants to sign up for the trip. Our turnover rates are way too high backpacking trips posted without the fee. High turnover = More work for the organizer. Bit frustrating with greater 60% at times, cancellation rate. When it free people sometime just don't care. money separates the bullshit from real folks looking for a experience outdoors. I really hate to do it.. But many folks have been losing out on the opportunity due to no shows or last minute cancellations.  You can always contact me for more information or to complain.


Waiver: Read !!!


Be Warned!


Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity. 
Falling off any part of a climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activity's, hiking or backpacking to a destination could result in injury or death. Weather, it be Trail conditions, or be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, including avalanche, can all incur injuries’ and/or death. You are always attending at your own risk! 
Any information on this Meetup group page is for the basic understanding of what could be encountered. We do not guaranty any type of accuracy on this information. You should always, seek your own additional resources of information for any Meetup. You as an active member! Perhaps? lacking any of the following, experienced knowledge, professional training, good judgment, moral caricature or a conscious. We or anyone on any Meetup-Mountaineers cannot be held responsible in anyway. 
When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn’t be? 
If you get hurt! Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned. Stepping out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize and participate in doing activities in which we have chosen an interest in performing.. 
It’s always your right to back out at any time and live the good life at home in front of the television for the day…. 
That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions. 
The Organizers…

 

 

 

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  • Kristie W.

    Epic adventure! Learned a lesson about the 10 essentials, however experienced a hike that I will be sure to never forget and was so totally awesome!!!

    July 31, 2013

  • Laurie A.

    Ummm sounds like going to Jerry Jam proved in my best interest can't wait to hear the low down on this one ;)

    July 31, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Best dam screwed up itinerary I have ever posted and completed.. In the end was a super advanced trip. Found the sweetest most challenging trails and lots of new places to camp and build a base-camp to have some adventure based out of.. Cant wait for more like this one...!

    July 30, 2013

  • Andrew R.

    Great!

    July 29, 2013

  • Karl R.

    Always a 5 with this group. Had a awesome time and will remember the 10 essentials next trip. How important they are even on a day hike. I always enjoy hike with Jay and Kristie and new comer Andrew.

    July 28, 2013

  • Laurie A.

    So after tagging the top of Jeff yesterday via the caps ridge trail...I think reality kicked in and I can't be late for work Sunday, I think I'd have to run that mileage lol and I have been informed they are moving me to the main dig at the resort, will affect me(I just was told:( a few mins ago). Btw it's buggy even up high. See you on the rock instead.

    July 26, 2013

    • Jay B.

      Congrats L, Moving up the corporate ladder.. Sunday hike out is 3 miles if you change your mind.. Call me if so.. Congrats again on the upward movement...

      July 26, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Ok, well...
    Still in Andrew?..:-)
    Want to hit the trail in the morning. Set up camp and hike the loop with day packs then.. Its was what I was going to propose tonight.. No sense carrying gear to top and not stay up there...
    I will say this is the most messed up Meetup I think ever. Flip-flopping all over the place..:-?

    July 26, 2013

  • Karl R.

    Hello everyone, I am not going to be able to make there tonight. Not sure if I should attempt to do it on my own tomorrow morning. If not see ya on the next trip.

    July 26, 2013

  • Kristie W.

    If I hit no traffic, I will be there at 7pm.

    July 25, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Super big thanks Karl.. Wouldn't want to get arrested or worst be black listed by Ranger Smith.. We don't have enough time without a death march to follow the Davis Path or Isolation Trail Sections all the way.
    So, final and still a good plan cause the post I had two minutes ago I am having remorse already.. Think its to risky of plan for promises I have made.. Lets stick to heading north over Madison and down to Osgood Camp Site.. Its a sure thing. We are just a couple miles from our car for our hike on Sunday... Sorry. think its better then bumping into a trip I am saving for another time. Back to the Same trail head to meet.. Great Gulf trail head... 7-8 pm Friday Hope to start to hike in right at 8.. We have a 3 hour hike to the camp site. Or one closer near the Bluff or Clam Rock.. I don't think anyone wants to hike in the dark till midnight.. See you there...

    July 25, 2013

    • Jay B.

      You said it not me... This Time...

      July 25, 2013

    • Karl R.

      I never said I had brains all the time and let me come along

      July 25, 2013

  • Karl R.

    Is Dry River Closed or is it open. I just talked to guy from work and he said it is closed.

    July 25, 2013

  • Laurie A.

    Will do some catching up light speed style

    July 25, 2013

    • Jay B.

      L, I have a yellow 2 man tent and Karl has a 1 man lite gray tent.. Not sure on Andrew So expect three tents just in case you roll by us yearly in the morning on Sat if that's your plan?

      July 25, 2013

    • Jay B.

      Ok, we will be out and moving between 7-8am FYI If there is reception you can text of course we will look for ya...

      July 25, 2013

  • Laurie A.

    Super early start 4a for me

    July 25, 2013

  • Jay B.

    I'm in for meeting at 7pm Friday for sure! I did change the Meeting location to the Dry River Trail head on the map for the meeting place.. There is no cell service there FYI so I will wait till 8pm before heading to the trail head where we will start in.. If I get a text or something I of course will turn back.. We need to leave a car there of its where we want to exit.. Camping Fri Intersection of Six Husbands and Great Gulf Trail then on sat night Dry River Shelter #3 Sat is about 8 miles and sun the same.. Pack light as always..

    Weather looks good Friday night we my get a sprinkle but the rest of the weekend is good.. Classic Summer 20% chance of a shower..

    July 25, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Hey, looks like this might not be of interest to the group? Seeing this might be the last large backpacking trip of this nature till Labor day weekend. How it sound If it works out, start hiking in on Friday night... We can make it a bigger trip.. Just a idea at this point.. not set on it.

    July 22, 2013

    • Andrew R.

      I just signed up for this trip earlier this afternoon. I am available to meetup on Friday evening at 7pm.

      July 23, 2013

    • Jay B.

      Ok I'm in for Friday of course 90% I will know for sure 100% tomorrow FYI

      July 23, 2013

  • David H.

    Karl, glad you've embraced your new trail name. You should update your profile picture to prove it!!!

    July 19, 2013

  • David H.

    Wish I could join you again. Going to high school reunion. Have fun!

    July 19, 2013

4 went

  • Jay B.
    Trail Name: "Evil Jay", Organizer
    Event Host
  • Kristie W.
    Ice Name: "No Knees McKristie", Co-Organizer
  • Karl R.
    AKA "BP" Bog Probe, Assistant Organizer

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