Jockey Cap Trail
ElevationAscent: 191' 58 m
Descent: -3' -1 m
High: 607' 185 m
Low: 419' 128 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“A short hike to a small, granite dome with sweeping views of the White Mountains and the town of Fryeburg.”— David Hitchcock
Family Friendly The trail is short and offers great views from the top. The kids get to scamper up the rock face at the top, which always adds a little bit of adventure to the trip.
Climbers also enjoy this area for the opportunity to climb Jockey Cap and boulder on the large rocks below.
The trail leads into the woods where several foot trails lead uphill. The main trail is marked by yellow blazes on the trees, but all of the small paths will lead uphill toward the granite dome. The trail is mainly a single dirt track that runs through the woods uphill, which provide a great amount of shade throughout the spring and summer. The trail becomes a little washed out in areas toward the top, but a new path that is less steep and washed out runs around and leads to the top.
As the trail approaches the top, the woods give way to the granite summit. Hike out onto the granite dome, and work your way up the rock face toward a stone monument at the top dedicated to Robert E. Peary, the arctic explorer, who called Fryeburg home from 1878 to 1879. On top of the monument is a bronze profile of the surrounding mountains that allows you to identify the mountains, hills, and lakes. The White Mountains spread out before you and on a clear day, you can see Mount Washington in the distance. You can see Lovewell Pond, the Molly Ockett School, and other Fryeburg landmarks.
You can descend via the same path that you took to get to the top, or take one of the many side trails. The trail goes by some boulders at the bottom of the hill, which are great for kids to explore. The area is known as Molly Ockett's Cave, named for a Abenaki Indian who lived in the area and was known to camp at the base of Jockey Cap. This trail emerges behind the Dollar General store and you can work your way back to where you parked your car.
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