Mount Jackson


Mount Jackson is a mountain in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains in Coos County, New Hampshire. The 4,052-foot mountain was named after Charles Thomas Jackson. He was the state geologist of New Hampshire in the nineteenth century. Mount Pierce to the north and Mount Webster to the southwest surround Mount Jackson.

The 360-degree views from Mount Jackson’s summit are breathtaking. Elephant Head and Bugle Cliff are two lower elevation outlooks at 2,450 feet. The Mount Jackson Trail is the shortest route up Mount Jackson. The 5.1-mile out-and-back trail is rated as hard, with a total elevation gain of 2,178 feet. It takes about 3-4 hours to complete the hike.

The iconic Appalachian Trail crosses the summit of Mount Jackson as it traverses the main ridge of the Presidentials from Crawford Notch to the summit of Mount Washington. Additionally, Mount Jackson is listed as one of New Hampshire’s 48 four thousand foot mountains.

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  • Type: Summit
  • Elevation: 4,052 ft
  • Prominence: 331 ft
  • Parent mountain: Mount Jackson

Hiking Info

  • Shortest trail: Mount Jackson Trail
  • Trail distance: 5.1 miles (out and back)
  • Trail difficulty: Hard
  • Trail popularity: High
  • Elevation gain: 2,178 ft
  • Estimated hike time: 5 hours


  • Address: Mount Jackson
  • Town: Coos County
  • State: New Hampshire
  • GPS: Lat 44.20336 Lng -71.37552
  • Parking notes: There is a small dirt parking lot at the Mount Jackson Trailhead which holds about 16 cars and it is often full. There are over 100+ additional parking spots located at the nearby Crawford Notch Depot and the AMC Highland Center which are only a few hundred yards north of the trailhead.
  • Parking directions: HERE
  • Location directions: HERE


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