Saturday, August 28, 2021
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
A hot and humid, partly sunny day with views galore on Mt. Webster, the impressive peak that forms the east side of Crawford Notch with its long line of cliffs, slabs and slides. I began with a short bushwhack to the lower part of the rubbly slide in Landslide Gully, then traversed the mountain via the Webster Cliff Trail - one of the great ridgecrest routes in the White Mountains - and the Webster-Jackson Trail.
Before heading over to Landslide Gully, I visited the site of the infamous Willey Slide of 1826, where a sign marks the rocks around which the slide split, sparing the home of the Samuel Willey family from destruction. Ironically, the family and hired hands - nine people in all - were killed when they fled the home for a nearby shelter when the slide came roaring down.
The lower part of Webster Cliff Trail climbs moderately through hardwood forest and at one point swings left up this rock staircase. Along this section i was passed by a half-dozen AT thru-hikers.
Good axe work by the AMC Trail Crew.
On the upper half of the ridge walk you encounter a number of steep, challenging ledge scrambles.
Despite the humidity, the views were excellent on this late summer afternoon. For many years, the AMC White Mountain Guide carried this endorsement for the Webster Cliff Trail: “The views along the cliffs of Mt. Webster are such that anyone with a normal appreciation of the grandeur of mountain scenery will add at least 2 hr. for their enjoyment. There is nothing finer in the White Mountains.”
Mt. Jackson, next destination for the Webster Cliff Trail. Not for me today.
Carol was kind enough to agree to pick me up for a ride back to my car, so I descended the Webster Branch on Webster-Jackson Trail.