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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 up the Crawford Path
Looking up 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 an excellent forecast and a subpar weekend projection, I headed up to the Presidentials for an afternoon hike. With the exception of the very bottom portion of the hike, there was very little snow monorail visible. Rather, it was still late winter/early spring conditions.

The views from Mt. Pierce were superb, as a good 5 to 6 feet of snowpack allowed for a 360 degree vista.

While the south facing alpine zones were quickly going bare, I was able to snowshoe in the snow-filled footbed to the base of the Eisenhower climb. The top portion of the Eisenhower Loop was a combination of slush, running water, snow drifts, and bare ground. Views were once again great on top of Eisenhower.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, April 22, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,920'
Destination: Mt. Pierce
Time Elapsed: 01:27
Trailhead Elevation: 1,920'
Summit Elevation: 4,310'
Distance: 3.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,430'
Destination: Mt. Eisenhower
Time Elapsed: 00:55
Trailhead Elevation: 4,310'
Summit Elevation: 4,780'
Distance: 1.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 920'
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:38
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,770'


Crawford Connector trailhead
Crawford Connector trailhead

Looking at Mt. Carrigain from the deep-snow-covered Mt. Pierce - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Carrigain from the deep-snow-covered Mt. Pierce

The Crawford Path on the way to Mt. Eisenhower
The Crawford Path on the way to Mt. Eisenhower

Jefferson, Reagan, Washington, and Monroe as seen from the Mt. Eisenhower summit - Click to enlarge
Jefferson, Reagan, Washington, and Monroe as seen 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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