I decided to throw Mount Jackson in as the last final peak of a busy hiking weekend. After all, it just makes it over the 4000 foot mark at 4052 feet and stretches 2150 feet of elevation gain over 2.6 miles. The numbers are a little deceptive as much of the trail alternates between steeper/rocky sections and mild stretches. There’s also a nice scramble thrown in right before you hit the summit!
There are two bigger stream crossings that normally won’t be an issue at all, but the day I hiked Jackson, there was a stream of water running down a good portion of the trail. The streams were very healthy and flowing fast, but with careful route planning, the streams are still moderate.
Mount Jackson is considered part of the Presidential Range, but actually isn’t named after the president Jackson. The mountain is named after Charles Jackson, a 19th century geologist in New Hampshire. In case you were wondering, Jackson is made of metamorphic rock!
I don’t like to spend less on a mountain than I spend driving to the Whites so it was good that I hiked this mountain along with a few others. It is a pretty quick hike as book time is 3:40 via the Jackson-Webster Trail. I took me 1:25 to hike up so I hung around on the summit for a while.
Last modified: November 28, 2014