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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 icy Crawford Path
Looking down the icy 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

Icy!

Crawford Connector plus first half mile of Crawford Path above there were generally dry trail with some avoidable blue ice bulges and black ice.

Blue ice bulges increased as the Mizpah Cutoff junction approached. From Mizpah Cutoff junction to the Webster Cliff junction, much of the trail was frozen blue ice. We were able to pick our way up on Microspikes with care, but used crampons for the descent. Webster Cliff Trail from Crawford Path to the summit had some ice, but Micros were adequate for this short portion.

Crawford Path between the peaks had lots of blue ice bulges, some at angles. Initially we attempted to continue (on ascent) in Microspikes (new ones were okay initially, dull ones were completely inadequate), however we were forced to switch to crampons prior to reaching the col. Blue ice patches continued for much of the way to the Eisenhower Loop junction.

Above treeline, the Eisenhower Loop wasn't too bad - some frozen granular and a little bit of snow here and there. For this short section, Microspikes would have been fine, however we left our crampons on.

Other than an old drift or two, we never encountered more than a dusting to an inch of snowpack.

Bluebird day, a little chilly up high, but winds were minimal.


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: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Parking Elevation: 1,920'
Destination: Mt. Pierce
Time Elapsed: 01:49
Trailhead Elevation: 1,920'
Summit Elevation: 4,310'
Distance: 3.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,430'
Destination: Mt. Eisenhower
Time Elapsed: 01:16
Trailhead Elevation: 4,310'
Summit Elevation: 4,780'
Distance: 1.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 920'
Hike Time Elapsed: 6:18
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,770'


Crawford Connector trailhead
Crawford Connector trailhead

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

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

Mt. Washington and Mt. Monroe as seen from near the top of Mt. Eisenhower - Click to enlarge
Mt. Washington and Mt. Monroe as seen from near the top of Mt. Eisenhower

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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