Doublehead Mountain in Jackson, NH consists of two peaks (North and South Doublehead) and is sometimes referred to simply as "The Doubleheads". It had been a while since I hiked to this mountain, and so in early January 2016 I decided to make a return visit. The Doubleheads provide expansive views of many high peaks in the White Mountains, but the starring-role in my opinion belongs to the view of the Presidential Range and the distinctive U-shaped Carter Notch.
My hike began and ended on the Doublehead Ski Trail by doing a lollipop route (counterclockwise) which incorporated the Old Path and a segment of the New Path. The loop provides a respectable workout with about 1,800 ft elevation gain, and a round-trip mileage of about 4 miles.
|Trails used for this hike are highlighted in yellow at top right of map|
|Doublehead Mountain as viewed from a point along Dundee Road near the trailhead|
|A big view looking westward from South Doublehead. Mt. Carrigain is most prominent bump on the horizon at far left of photo; Mt. Washington is unmistakable at right of photo; Carter Notch is at far right.|
|Zooming in on Carter Notch|
|The cabin on North Doublehead was occupied and judging by the smoke billowing from the chimney, the tenants were warm and cozy with a fire in the fireplace. (As if the date of this posting, details about how to rent this cabin can be obtained by clicking HERE.)|
|At the center of this photo (taken from North Doublehead) is a body of water known as Mountain Pond which is another short, but worthy, hiking destination!|
|This slightly zoomed image was taken looking southwesterly from South Doublehead. At center of photo is North Moat Mountain with the very tip of Mt. Chocorua peeking over the top.|
|On the way home from hiking the Doubleheads, I just happened to drive by the Mt. Washington Hotel at precisely the right time of day to catch an impressive display of alpenglow on the Presidential Range. It was a magnificent ending to a fabulous day!|
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