Jewell Trail, White Mountains

Southern Presidential Range from the Jewell Trail in Thompson and Meserve's Purchase in the New Hampshire White Mountains at sunset on a cloudy summer day. The Jewell Trail is named for Sergeant Winfield S. Jewell. He was an Army Signal Corps observer on Mount Washington from 1878-1880. And on April 12, 1884, while on the Greely expedition to the Arctic, Jewell died of starvation. Out of the 25 men on the three year Greeley expedition (1881–1884), only six survived.
Sunset – Jewell Trail, White Mountains
 

Jewell Trail, White Mountains – Established in 1934, the roughly 3.7 mile long Jewell Trail begins at a trailhead on Base Station Road in Chandler's Purchase, New Hampshire. It travels up an unnamed ridge of Mount Clay, eventually ending at the Gulfside Trail; the Gulfside Trail is a segment of the scenic Appalachian Trail. Upon reaching the junction with the Gulfside Trail, many hikers continue on to Mount Washington.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) were involved in the building of the trail. The CCC was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States; they built bridges, roads, trails, and many other structures in the New Hampshire White Mountains.

Silhouette of mountains at dusk from the along the Jewell Trail in Thompson and Meserve's Purchase in the New Hampshire White Mountains on cloudy summer day. The Jewell Trail is named for Sergeant Winfield S. Jewell. He was an Army Signal Corps observer on Mount Washington from 1878-1880. And on April 12, 1884, while on the Greely expedition to the Arctic, Jewell died of starvation. Out of the 25 men on the three year Greeley expedition (1881–1884), only six survived.
Sunset – Jewell Trail, White Mountains
 

The Jewell Trail is named for Sergeant Winfield S. Jewell, a native of Lisbon, New Hampshire. He was an Army Signal Corps observer on Mount Washington from 1878-1880. And on April 12, 1884, while on the Greely expedition (Lady Franklin Bay Expedition) to the Arctic, Jewell died of starvation. Out of the 25 men on the three-year Greely expedition (1881–1884), only six survived.

The Presidential Range from the Jewell Trail in the White Mountains, New Hampshire on a foggy morning..
Early Morning Weather – Jewell Trail, White Mountains
 

Of the 3.7 miles of trail, roughly .5 miles of the trail is in the alpine zone. On clear days there is an exceptional view of the southern Presidential Range (above). The upper section of the trail is also a great area to watch the sunset.

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References:
Putnam, William Lowell. The Worst Weather on Earth: A History of Mount Washington Observatory. New York, NY: The American Alpine Cub, Inc., 1991.

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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