If you are in New Hampshire and want a lovely run/hike try the Caps Ridge trail up Jefferson and then a lovely trail to Mt. Washington.

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It has a steep start to the summit of Mt. Jefferson that involves a little scramble at the end. Nothing horrible, but just a heads up. This makes a great hike on it’s own.

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On the other hand, if you would like to add a bit more fun, and miles, running over to Mt. Washington summit, adds a super pleasant jaunt, a snack bar, museum, and a ton of tourists. Ok, that part is a bit disappointing, but the rest is awesome.

This is part of the Appalachian Trail, so there will be others on your trail, but besides a few scornful looks from through-hikers, most people were very pleasant – especially the Europeans who all seemed so pleased to hike about. All this happens a relatively low altitude for being above tree line! The summit of Washington is just over 6,000′! No worries about acclimating here.

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Don’t do this in winter unless you are tough as nails. Mt Washington is known for some crazy winds and weather. I managed to have no rain and perfect weather, but check your reports, as always, before you head out.

Mileage:

1 way (if you have a driver) to Mt. Washington 5.2 miles

Round trip: 10.4 miles

When in New Hampshire, this is an awesome hike / run!

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