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Doublehead Mountain

White Mountains, New Hampshire

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  • The first sign at the trailhead. Parking is allowed on the road.- Doublehead Mountain
  • Gearing up to ascend Doublehead Mountain.- Doublehead Mountain
  • Trail information at the trailhead.- Doublehead Mountain
  • The route to Doublehead Mountain is great for skiing or snowshoeing.- Doublehead Mountain
  • The route begins with a gentle slope.- Doublehead Mountain
  • The first water crossing.- Doublehead Mountain
  • Skins on for the ascent.- Doublehead Mountain
  • Taking a break before the terrain gets steep.- Doublehead Mountain
  • Looking through the trees at Mount Washington.- Doublehead Mountain
  • Doublehead Cabin.- Doublehead Mountain
  • Doublehead Cabin.- Doublehead Mountain
  • Typical winter gear on a trek up Doublehead Mountain.- Doublehead Mountain
  • The view from North Doublehead.- Doublehead Mountain
  • The view from North Doublehead.- Doublehead Mountain
  • Doublehead Cabin.- Doublehead Mountain
  • Trail intersections are well signed.- Doublehead Mountain
  • Old Path Trail to South Doublehead.- Doublehead Mountain
  • The Old Path Trail to South Doublehead is steep.- Doublehead Mountain
  • The Old Path Trail to South Doublehead.- Doublehead Mountain
  • The view of the White Mountains from South Doublehead.- Doublehead Mountain
  • Walking to the ledge overlooking the White Mountains.- Doublehead Mountain
  • The ledge on South Doublehead.- Doublehead Mountain
  • Skins off, ready to ski.- Doublehead Mountain
  • The ski trail down South Doublehead.- Doublehead Mountain
  • The ski trail has a few steep spots.- Doublehead Mountain
  • Steep sections on the ski trail down South Doublehead.- Doublehead Mountain
  • The ski trail down South Doublehead.- Doublehead Mountain
  • Looking down the ski trail on South Doublehead.- Doublehead Mountain
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy to follow trail, views of the White Mountains, Shelter available by reservation
Cons: 
Limited parking
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Region:
White Mountains, NH
Max slope angle: 
15-30 degrees
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
950.00 ft (289.56 m)
Vertical descent: 
1,500.00 ft (457.20 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Doublehead Mountain in Jackson, New Hampshire, features two peaks: North Doublehead (3,053 feet) and South Doublehead (2,939 feet). The Ski Trail was made by the Saco Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934. The trail offers a winding route on the northeast side of North Doublehead with trail width varying from 15 to 25 feet and an average pitch of 20º degrees. This is a great trail for skiing, snowboarding, hiking and snowshoeing. It is featured on the list of New Hampshire's 52 With a View. 

Doublehead Ski Trail runs somewhat parallel with the Old Path for the first 0.6 miles.  The trail starts off very level until splitting off at the intersection of Old Path and Ski Trail. Staying to the left at the junction will bring you up to Doublehead Cabin. The cabin was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and is available for $20 a night through the Forest Service. It has eight bunks, two tables, a woodstove and an outhouse. Water and electricity are not available. Behind the cabin is a viewpoint.

To continue your hike to South Doublehead, take the Old Path and travel south. You will lose and gain elevation between the two peaks, and it is quite steep in some areas. The Old Path levels out and brings you to a ledge overlooking the White Mountains.  This offers stunning views of the Presidential mountains, Carter Notch, and Pinkham Notch. Retrace your steps back to the top of the Ski Trail to ski or hike back down!

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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