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Mt. Tripyramid (North Peak), Mt. Tripyramid (Middle Peak), Scaur Peak
Waterville Valley, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Heading up to the Scaur Ridge Trail via the old logging road
Heading up to the Scaur Ridge Trail via the old logging road

Route: Livermore Road/Trail, old logging road, bushwhack, Scaur Ridge Trail, Pine Bend Brook Trail, (Mt. Tripyramid North Peak), Mt. Tripyramid Trail, (Mt. Tripyramid Middle Peak), Mt. Tripyramid Trail, (Mt. Tripyramid North Peak), Pine Bend Brook Trail, bushwhack, (Scaur Peak), bushwhack, Scaur Ridge Trail, bushwhack, old logging road, Livermore Road/Trail

With a very windy day forecasted, we decided to stay south and in the trees. Starting at Livermore Road, we made our way up the groomed ski trail. Passing the groomed junction, it was very slow going due to snowshoe sized postholes.

Eventually reaching the second Mt. Tripyramid Trail junction, we headed straight into the trees and followed an old logging road almost all the way up to the Scaur Ridge Trail, bushwhacking through open woods for the last few hundred vertical feet.

From there, we continued up to the Pine Bend Brook Trail, which had decent snowshoeing conditions on the steeps. After a brief stop with decent views from the northern viewpoint on North Tripyramid, we continued to Middle, where we had excellent views in both directions offered.

We then backtracked to North Tripyramid. I continued down the Pine Bend Brook Trail, turning into the woods a few minutes beyond the Scaur Ridge Trail junction, following the ridge. With open woods all the way to the likely summit (I walked around a little bit, but found no sign or canister), it was fairly smooth sailing. In the interest of time, I dropped straight off the ridge back to the Scaur Ridge Trail. Though not terrible woods, they weren't nearly as open as what I had ascended in. In hindsight, it may have been slightly faster to have returned partway down the ridge, then dropped down.

Back on the Scaur Ridge Trail, I dropped down to the old logging road, then followed that back to the Livermore Trail.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (North Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (Middle Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Scaur Peak
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Heavy


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Hike Commenced: 9:44 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,560'
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 9:44 AM
Summit Reached: 1:02 PM
Time Elapsed: 03:18
Trailhead Elevation: 1,560'
Summit Elevation: 4,180'
Vertical Gain: 2,690'
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (Middle Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 1:06 PM
Summit Reached: 1:31 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:25
Trailhead Elevation: 4,180'
Summit Elevation: 4,140'
Distance: .8 mile
Vertical Gain: 320'
Destination: Scaur Peak
Ascent Commenced: 1:38 PM
Summit Reached: 2:45 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:07
Trailhead Elevation: 4,140'
Summit Elevation: 3,605'
Vertical Gain: 605'
Hike Ended: 4:41 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:57
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,645'


The Livermore Road/Trail trailhead at the Livermore parking area
The Livermore Road/Trail trailhead at the Livermore parking area

Looking at Mt. Chocorua from North Tripyramid - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Chocorua from North Tripyramid

The Tripyramid Trail to the Middle Peak
The Tripyramid Trail to the Middle Peak

Looking at Sandwich Dome from the Middle Peak of Mt. Tripyramid - Click to enlarge
Looking at Sandwich Dome from the Middle Peak of Mt. Tripyramid

Following the ridge to Scaur Peak from the Pine Bend Brook Trail
Following the ridge to Scaur Peak from the Pine Bend Brook Trail

A lack of views from near the summit of Scaur Peak - Click to enlarge
A lack of views from near the summit of Scaur Peak

Topographic map of Mt. Tripyramid (North Peak), Mt. Tripyramid (Middle Peak), Scaur Peak - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Tripoli Road from the Waterville Valley ski area entrance to Livermore Road. The Livermore WMNF fee parking lot and trailhead are on the left (the rest/bulk of Livermore Road is closed to auto traffic).

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