PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE ANSWER ALL THE RSVP QUESTIONS COMPLETELY. I ask for specific information about your last three hikes and DATES and conditions as well as for your history in climbing the higher Presidentials (which peaks you have climbed and when). I do this to gauge preparedness, so I need complete answers. You will be taken off the attendance list if you do not provide this information.
Mts. Jefferson via Caps Ridge and then a Little Exploration!
We will create a loop that begins and ends at the Caps Ridge Trailhead and uses the well-travelled Caps Ridge trail to reach the summit. The views here are very motivating! :) The Caps Ridge trail is approximately 2.5 miles to the top, with a lot of rock climbing/scrambling. This is NOT an easy hike, but it is a relatively short distance to the summit.
From the summit, we will descend slightly on the opposite side via the Six Husbands Trail to the Edmands Col cutoff and then cut across to Edmands Col. From there, we will pick up the Cornice for amazing views around the cone of Jefferson and back to the Caps Ridge Trail. This trail has very tricky footing/rock hopping. This leg of the journey is about 3 miles.
Alternatively, we may descend to the Castles after doing 1/2 of the Cornice and then use the Link to get back to Caps Ridge. This will be a group decision. This route is a little longer, but has better footing and avoids descending the Caps, which can be tricky.
The detour to the Edmands Col Cutoff is because it is one of the last tiny bits of trail I have left on Jefferson/Adams/Madison to complete my RMC 100. If you haven't started yet, this is your chance! Besides, longer hikes make the drive North more worthwhile.
We will descend via the Caps Ridge trail again.
This will be a full day. Plan on a full day of snacks, food and water. The summit can have any kind of weather. Be prepared for cold temperatures, wind & rain.
I will review your responses to the questions to confirm that each person is prepared for the distance and elevation gain involved. If you do not answer the questions completely, you will be moved to the "NOT GOING" list.
Be prepared for cool and potentially poor weather conditions. DO NOT WEAR COTTON OR DENIM. If you have questions about how to prepare or how to dress, ask them in advance.
Answers to FAQs
- No, I will not change the start time for this hike. I choose my start times carefully based on when we should be off the mountain.... or at least safely into the homestretch. Please don't ask.
- Poor weather conditions cancel this hike. I will keep any eye on the weather and notify everyone of a final decision on Friday afternoon. If the weather looks like it will be better on Sunday, I may postpone. Plan accordingly.
- Because the weather can vary dramatically at different elevations, it is possible that we will not summit. If you want to summit, you can help make that possible by making sure you are prepared with gear for all weather conditions.
- This IS NOT a traverse, so we will NOT need to carpool to another location.
- We will meet in the Caps Ridge Parking Lot in Jefferson Notch.
- Sunset will be at 8:29 pm.
- This hike will be VERY EXPOSED. Come prepared for rain, sun AND cold conditions.
- There are NOT a lot of water sources on this trail. Bring enough water for this hike.
- We will not pass near any huts.
- Headlamps are not required. However, hikers should always be prepared to come out in the dark if necessary.
- We will START AND FINISH TOGETHER. If you cannot hold your speed down to match that of the group (if necessary), this is not the hike for you. I require participants to wait at trail junctions, major water crossings and summits so that the group can exchange information and reset their pace.
- I am NOT a speedy hiker, but I do keep a steady pace, even as I take breaks. I average about 1.5 mph.
- The distance, pace and location means that is an ADVANCED hike. I expect people to average book time.
- If the conditions are prohibitive, I have no qualms about turning around. The mountain will be there another day. I would like you to be around for another day too.
- My hikes area always dog friendly, but please know the limits and abilities of your dog & bring appropriate amounts of food and water. This is a rugged trail with a lot of exposure and rocky terrain that may even require lifting some dogs. I will not be bringing my dogs on this hike.
- I will watch the weather carefully and post weather updates during the week leading up to the hike. I rely on NOAA and MWObs for my forecasts.
- I will provide attendees with my cell phone number in advance of the hike.
Most of the payoff comes in the form of great views & enjoying the outdoors. If the weather looks like it will be miserable, I will reschedule, possibly to the next day if it looks clearer. Please plan accordingly.
RSVP Questions are NOT optional - If you do not provide me with a phone number to try and contact you on the morning of the hike (if necessary), we will NOT wait for you at the trailhead.
"Plagerized" Trail Descriptions from the AMC Guide may follow shortly - if I find the time to post them all.
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Caps Ridge to the Summit of Jefferson (2.5 miles - 2.5 hours)
Six Husbands Trail to Edmand Col Cutoff (.6 miles - 45 minutes)
Edmand Col Cutoff to Edmand Col/Cornice (.5 miles - 20 minutes)
Cornice to Caps Ridge (1.3 miles - 45 minutes)
Caps Ridge to Parking Lot ( 2.1 miles - 2 hours 5 minutes)
Total Distance = 7 miles
Book time is approximately: 6 hours, 25 minutes
DISCLAIMER (SHAMELESSLY PLAGERIZED FROM ANOTHER MEETUP HIKER): MY ROLE AS ORGANIZER IN THIS HIKE IS ENTIRELY SOCIAL. I AM NOT TRAINED TO BE A GUIDE, NOR HAVE I RECEIVED TRAINING OR INSTRUCTION IN HIKING SAFETY. WHILE I TRY TO HEAD OFF SOME OF THE PROBLEMS I HAVE SEEN (OR EXPERIENCED OR EVEN CAUSED) IN THE PAST, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT YOU WILL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY. IF MY DISAPPEARANCE DURING THIS TRIP WOULD CAUSE YOU MORE THAN ANNOYANCE AND INCONVENIENCE, THIS IS NOT THE TRIP FOR YOU. THERE ARE ALWAYS RISKS IN HIKING IN THE MOUNTAINS. IF YOU ARE NOT CONFIDENT THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THE RISKS, PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP (or change your RSVP to no). WHILE I HAVE CLIMBED THIS PEAK BEFORE, I HAVE DONE ALL MY RESEARCH VIA GUIDEBOOKS, INTERNET AND ADVICE FROM OTHER HIKERS, SO IT IS POSSIBLE THAT SOME INFORMATION IS NOT ACCURATE. I AM PERFECTLY CAPABLE OF MAKING STUPID OR MINDLESS MISTAKES, SO PLEASE DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND COME PREPARED WITH APPROPRIATE KNOWLEDGE, EQUIPMENT AND JUDGMENT.