DESTINATION: Washington, Monroe, Eisenhower, Pierce
TRAIL: Jewell Trail - Gulfside Trail- Crawford Path
DISTANCE: 13.5 Miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 5500 Ft (total)
HIKING TIME: 7 hours
WEATHER: 25 degrees, 0-5 MPH wind, perfect
MAP: (Washington) (Monroe) (Eisenhower) (Pierce)
DESCRIPTION: The Jewell trail head was a challenge to find however recently traveled by an AMC group making the moderate - steep ascent easier than expected. The trail becomes a little more challenging above tree line to the Gulfside trail. The Gulfside trail looking down into the Great Gulf Wilderness is one of my favorite locations and didn't disappoint. Crawford Path was a mixture of rocks, ice and snow presenting a difficult decision as to which footwear to choose. Snowshoes were the footwear of choice. Crawford path was broken and well trodden from the Washington summit to the Highland Center. Some significant drifting occurred in a few places.
Jewell Trail - Gulfside Trail = 3.7 Miles
Gulfside Trail - Mt Washington Summit = 1.4 Miles
Crawford Path = 8.4 miles
Round Trip = 13.5 Miles
HIKING TIMES: ~7 hours
NOTES / COMMENTS: A bluebird Christmas day in the White Mountains is a rare occurence and I'm honored the mountain Gods presented me the opportunity to spend a 25 degree windless day on the summit of Washington and 3 additional Southern Presidentials. The tourist trap was a ghost town giving the feeling of ultimate solitude. An undercast cloud cover at ~2500 Ft gave the appearance of islands poking out of an ocean. An absolutely beautiful sight to see making the ideal conditions a pristine day.