White Mt. NF--Webster-Jackson Trail

About this Location

This trail has two branches, one leading to the summit of Mt. Webster (3,910 ft.), the other to Mt. Jackson (4,052 ft.), and can be hiked as a 6.5 mile loop using the Webster Cliff Trail to connect the two summits.
From Webster-Jackson Trailhead webpage

Mount Pierce, Jackson, and Webster Loop is a 9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bretton Woods, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

A climb up the two southernmost peaks of the Presidential Range

This is a great loop trail that will take you up Mt. Webster and along the mountain’s cliffs on the way up, then head over the partially bare summit of Mt. Jackson, past the AMC Mitzpah Hut and then to the top of semi-wooded Mt. Pierce. You’ll return via the southern end of the Crawford Path back down to Crawford Notch.

About White Mountain National Forest

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In the decades prior to 1911, the unregulated logging practices of private timber companies in the White Mountains had resulted in a damaged landscape susceptible to both fire and flood. Fires had burned thousands of acres, and flash floods affected the water power necessary to the mills of major industrial centers downstream, such as Manchester, New Hampshire, and Lowell, Massachusetts. Concerns over losses to industry, business, and tourism, and the growing conservation movement led to citizen action. The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF) spearheaded an effort to ensure the permanent protection of the White Mountains from further depredation. After years of lobbying and intense public pressure, Senator John Weeks of Massachusetts, a native of Lancaster, New Hampshire, introduced legislation that became known as the Weeks Act. The Weeks Act was passed by Congress in 1911, appropriating 9 million dollars to purchase 6 million acres of land in the Eastern U.S. In turn, this led to the creation of the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) in 1918, and twenty-one other national forests throughout the north and southeast. Many of the groups who were instrumental in the passage of the Weeks Act, including the SPNHF and the AMC, are still active today, and the WMNF has grown from 7,000 acres to almost 800,000. Today, the reforested mountains and hillsides supply forest products and provide magnificent recreational opportunities while maintaining healthy watersheds and ecosystems.

Notable Trails

The AllTrails website has a description and map of a hike using the Webster-Jackson Trail.

Content from Webster-Jackson Trail (AllTrails) webpage and White Mountain National Forest Official Website