Jefferson

Hiked Jefferson on 8/6/15. This was peak number 566 for “The Grid over 60”. Bill Cronin joined me on this trip. We didn’t take a direct route to the summit as we are both redlining and had quite a few trails that we wanted to cover. Unfortunately we didn’t get them all done as we ran out of time but we still hiked for more than 12 hours covering over 17 miles of trail. We were really slowed down by the roughness and steepness of the Emerald Bluff trail and the roughness of Link Trail between Castle Ravine and the Caps Ridge trail. The first landmark we encountered was the RMCs Log Cabin.

The Log Cabin operated by the Randolph Mountain Club
The Log Cabin operated by the Randolph Mountain Club

After we left the Log Cabin the trails just got rougher and rougher until we reached the Caps Ridge trail, it was really slow going because of the roughness and also everything was wet from rain the night before so all the rocks and roots were very slippery.

Looking up a drainage from the Link Trail
Looking up a drainage from the Link Trail

We saw a very large piece of white quartz in the trail, one of the largest I have seen.

White Quartz on the Link trail
White Quartz on the Link trail

We had our first PBJ of the day at the intersection of the Link and Castle trails. As we approached the summit of Jefferson we were in the clouds and the wind picked up and the temperature dropped to 36 degrees.

Near the summit of Jefferson
Near the summit of Jefferson

 

Castle Ridge from Randolph Path
Castle Ridge from Randolph Path
Looking toward the Kilkenny Ridge fro Randolph Path
Looking toward the Kilkenny Ridge from Randolph Path

We had our second PBJ of the day at the intersection of the Israel Ridge trail and Perch Path. We also had several snacks during the day. As we got lower there were several stream crossings with nice little water falls.

Water fall on Israel Ridge trail
Water fall on Israel Ridge trail

Only 10 peaks left to complete “The Grid over 60”.

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