This was my first ascent of this 3910 foot NH mountain that has great views north of Mt Jackson, Mt Pierce, Mt Eisenhower, Mt Monroe and Mt Washington. I started at 9:08 AM when there was still a nip in the air but in time it warmed up to about 73 degrees or so, ideal hiking weather.
The trail is rough in spots and involves a lot of boulder evading, boulder negotiating, rock hopping, and slanted boulder climbing. There is, however, a very pretty waterfall about half way up. There were also a large number of flowering bunchberries and star flowers.
When I was nearing the top I took a rest stop and had some ice tea. I met a young man from Massachusetts and spoke with him about hiking for a while. Then a young lady came up and she said that she was ahead of a large group! I could see some of them coming up. Afraid that this might mean a busload of 100 people, who might occupy all the scenic spots on the top, I decided to rush up to the top before they got there, and I did arrive just ahead of them, reaching the summit at 12:17 PM. It turned out that my fear of a huge crowd was baseless because they were just a meet-up group of 16. While I was having lunch and soaking up the beautiful views, I spoke with a pretty young lady nearby who said she was from Boston.
Then I heard some birds in the trees and turning around I saw two gray jays. I immediately stood up and fed one of them by hand a piece of a Ritz cracker. There were at least two pairs on the summit, maybe more, and I fed them a number of times. I also gave a cracker to the lady from Boston and she fed the gray jays by hand too.
Also on the summit were a young couple hiking with a very cute Yorkshire terrier named Libby. All of the people on the summit except me went on to Mt Jackson, but I decided only to climb Webster today, having previously climbed Mt Jackson and not wanting to overdo it.
On the way down I saw a spring peeper near a stream. I also met a hiker with a dog named Buddy. Although this dog was 15 years old, he was still a good hiker and was closing in on climbing all of the 4000 foot mountains in New Hampshire. I was back out at 4:42. It was a delightful hike and the views were unforgettable.