Caps Ridge Trail

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Overview

Trail Features

Dogs
Allowed
Fees
None
Kids
Allowed
Route
Point-to-Point
Users
Hikers Only
Length
2.5
Parking
Yes
Surface
Dirt and Rock
Bathrooms
None
Elevation
2,700
Difficulty
Advanced
Trail hours
Any
Parking hours
Closed in Winter
Water fountains
None
Vending machines
None

The Caps Ridge Trail is the most direct path to Mount Jefferson, the third tallest peak in New Hampshire. The trailhead for Caps Ridge is the highest elevation trailhead in New Hampshire and is best accessed in mid to late summer as Jefferson Notch Road is closed in the winter months. The Caps Ridge trail quickly emerges to the alpine zone as it climbs a steep ridge to the summit of Jefferson.

It is a relatively short trail especially considering it ascends a 5,000 footer, which makes it appealing for day hikers attempting to summit Jefferson. Length aside, the terrain is rocky and there are several steep and possibly difficult rock scrambles along the way. Most of the Caps Ridge Trail is above tree line and hikers will have incredible views of the Presidential Range and beyond on a good day. Hikers must also be aware of and prepare for the variable weather conditions that come with such an exposed trail.

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