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Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower
Bean's Grant, NH, Chandler's Purchase, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Crawford Path
Looking down the Crawford Path

Route: Crawford Connector, Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail, (Mt. Pierce), Webster Cliff Trail, Crawford Path, Mt. Eisenhower Loop, (Mt. Eisenhower), Mt. Eisenhower Loop, Crawford Path, Crawford Connector

With a decent weather forecast, I decided to take a few hours off from work and head up to the Southern Presidentials for the afternoon.

The bum knee was a bit sore for the first portion of the hike, however it did seem to improve prior to reaching the Mizpah junction. At that junction, consistent snow monorail started, lasting all the way to the treeline.

The views from Mt. Pierce were quite good - the Presidentials to the north were in the clear and peaks to the east were easily seen. After some stretching, I headed over to Mt. Eisenhower.

This stretch of the Crawford Path featured occasional deep patches of snow in the trees - fortunately these were few and far between. The upper portions of the Eisenhower Loop were filled in with some fairly fresh snow - nothing like new snow in mid-May!

The views from Mt. Eisenhower were quite good as well - though points to the west were hazy, all other directions were easily seen. Not a bad day for the Southern Presidentials!


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Pierce
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Eisenhower
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Hike Commenced: 2:07 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,920'
Destination: Mt. Pierce
Ascent Commenced: 2:07 PM
Summit Reached: 3:48 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:41
Trailhead Elevation: 1,920'
Summit Elevation: 4,310'
Distance: 3.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,430'
Destination: Mt. Eisenhower
Ascent Commenced: 3:53 PM
Summit Reached: 4:42 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:49
Trailhead Elevation: 4,310'
Summit Elevation: 4,780'
Distance: 1.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 920'
Hike Ended: 7:11 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:04
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,770'


Crawford Connector trailhead
Crawford Connector trailhead

A painted trillium along the Crawford Connector
A painted trillium along the Crawford Connector

Looking at Kearsarge North Mountain from near the summit of Mt. Pierce - Click to enlarge
Looking at Kearsarge North Mountain from near the summit of Mt. Pierce

Looking up the Mt. Eisenhower Loop trail
Looking up the Mt. Eisenhower Loop trail

The view from the Mt. Eisenhower summit - Click to enlarge
The view from the Mt. Eisenhower summit

Topographic map of Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 West from Bartlett into Carroll. Just after Saco Lake, take a right onto Mt. Clinton Road. Shortly thereafter, take a left into the WMNF fee parking area driveway and Crawford Connector trailhead.

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