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Jockey Cap Trail



0.3 mile 0.5 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 191' 58 m
Descent: -3' -1 m
High: 607' 185 m
Low: 419' 128 m


Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)


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Trail shared by David Hitchcock

A short hike to a small, granite dome with sweeping views of the White Mountains and the town of Fryeburg.

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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.

Need to Know

While there are a lot of parking spaces in the lot, most are reserved for customers of the store. There are 2-3 spaces for the trailhead. You can park across the street at the grocery store before beginning your hike, or on the side of the Dollar General and take one of the other trail segments to the top of Jockey Cap. Quinn's Jockey Cap Store is a great place to get a drink or snack after your hike.

Climbers also enjoy this area for the opportunity to climb Jockey Cap and boulder on the large rocks below.


To access the trail, go 1.0 mile from the intersection of Routes 113 and 302 in Fryeburg. The trailhead is behind Quinn's Jockey Cap Country Store, which is next to the Dollar General store. There are a couple of parking spots next to the store, or you can park in the shopping center across the street. There is a small kiosk that has some old photos of Jockey Cap when it was a ski run, and some information on the store that sits below Jockey Cap.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Squirrels and chipmunks are plentiful in the woods below Jockey Cap. Birds can be seen in the trees and soaring above Jockey Cap.

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The views from Jockey Cap are sweeping and stunning.  Here is looking toward Lovewell Pond in Fryeburg, ME.
Sep 29, 2018 near Fryeburg, ME
The monument to Robert Peary at the top of Jockey Cap has a profile of the surrounding hills, mountains, and lakes in the area.  It's a great way to identify what is in front of you.
Sep 29, 2018 near Fryeburg, ME
Looking out toward the White Mountains.  The views from the top are amazing.
Sep 29, 2018 near Fryeburg, ME
Looking at the summit of Jockey Cap after hiking over the top.  Take time to explore the summit and the views.
Sep 29, 2018 near Fryeburg, ME
The town of Fryeburg can be seen nestled in the trees below Jockey Cap.  Here, you can see Quinn's Jockey Cap store and the shopping center across the street.
Sep 29, 2018 near Fryeburg, ME
Toward the top, the trail gets rockier and a little more washed out.
Sep 29, 2018 near Fryeburg, ME


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