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Six Husbands Trail

  Fifty years ago, when I was still becoming acquainted with the trails I climbed Mt. Washington via Tuckermans, spent the night at the summit and descended from Jefferson, alone, into the Great Gulf. I still recall my concern on some of the poorly constructed ladders.  Ascended on the east side in rain to reach the Carriage Road and in the rain descended to Old Jackson Road and Pinkham.  At 94 I still remember how lonely I felt in the Gulf.
Says Lionel Adda

    The Six husbands trail is one of the lesser traveled but one of the more difficult climbs of the whites. After traveling a long distance on the great gulf trail the six husbands trail branches off to the right. There you immedietely
cross a stream. You begin climbing steadily up Jefferson's knee. The trail is somewhat overgrown and can be difficult to follow. After traveling through some neat boulder caves the trail gets steeper. There are 4 ladders on this trail. The fourth one is extremely difficult. It is loose and moves around a bit and to your left is a huge drop. The ledge is slanted towards the drop and is usually wet due to a spring. To make matters worse there is an overhanging rock  
right above you so if you have a big pack you will have to drag it up behind you. Above this section the trail continues to climb very steeply with some nice views until you reach the top of Jeffersons knee. Here You reach treeline and views are amazing. The trail runs across the top of the knee with fairly flat terrain. Caution the rest of the hike is above treeline where some of the worst weather in the world is in all seasons. From there the trail climbs up the summit cone of Mt. Jefferson over a talus slope that has snow on it usually into late summer. The trail climbs very steeply until you get just below the summit. From there you can take the Jefferson loop trail that will bring you to the summit. The true summit is the bump in the middle. A very demanding and difficult hike. Not suggested for begginers or people not in shape. Take the weather seriously and check the forecast before you leave. Bring full gear including coat hat and gloves. Great hike some of the best views in NH. I love Jeffersons knee. It is the only surviving ridge in the great gulf after the glaciers came through. You are high above the ravine floor yet far below the summits of the giant Northern presidentials. Have fun!!!
Says Dave



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These outdoors activities are available near Six Husbands Trail.
 Trails Near Six Husbands Trail:
Adams Slide Trail, Coos County , 1 miles away
Carter Notch Trail, Carroll County , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Six Husbands Trail:
The Perch RMC Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Gorham , 1 miles away
Gray Knob RMC Cabin - Appalachian Trail, Gorham , 1 miles away
Log Cabin, Gorham , 1 miles away
Crag Camp RMC Cabin - Appalachian Trail, Gorham , 2 miles away
Madison Springs Appalachian Mountain Club Hut - Appalachian Trail, Gorham , 2 miles away
 Whitewater Near Six Husbands Trail:
Peabody River - West Branch, Coos County , 2 miles away, Class V - 5.5 miles long (Chandler Brook to Peabody River)
Peabody River, Coos County , 6 miles away, Class IV - 5 miles long (Route 16 to Gorham)
Dry River, Coos County , 7 miles away, Class V - 1.5 miles long (Dry River Trail to Dry River Campground)
Ellis River, Carroll County , 8 miles away, Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Route 16 to Jackson Golf Course)
Rocky Branch, Carroll County , 9 miles away, Class IV-V - 4.2 miles long (Jericho Road and Route 302)
 Hotels Near Six Husbands Trail:
Whitney S Inn, Jackson , 8 miles away
Villager Motel, Bartlett , 9 miles away
Top Notch Inn, Gorham , 9 miles away
The Bartlett Inn, Bartlett , 9 miles away
Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Six Husbands Trail
Head Pond, Coos County , 12 miles away
Cedar Pond, Coos County , 14 miles away
Carrigain Pond, Grafton County , 15 miles away

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