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Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce
Chandler's Purchase, NH, Sargent's Purchase, NH, Beans Grant, NH, Harts Location, NH

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

Route: Unknown trail, Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, (Mt. Washington), Crawford Path, Mount Monroe Loop, (Mt. Monroe), Mount Monroe Loop, spur path, Crawford Path, Eisenhower Loop, (Mt. Eisenhower), Eisenhower Loop, Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail, (Mt. Pierce), Webster Cliff Trail, Crawford Path

As the day neared, the forecast for it continued to improve. Thus, the night before, we decided to visit the southern Presidentials.

Arriving at a skier-filled cog base station lot, we quickly put on Microspikes, as to help with the still-firm trail. As we neared the hut, the spikes were pushed to their limits in some icy areas - thus, we switched to crampons for the ascent up Mt. Washington.

Not a cloud in the sky, winds low, and temperatures fairly warm, it was a pleasant ascent. Reaching the summit, we lounged around a bit, taking in 100 mile views.

Our next stop was Mt. Monroe. Upon climbing the still tricky snow field on the northern side, we reached the summit and swapped our crampons for Microspikes. Surprisingly, it was windier on Monroe than on Washington. Aside from seeing two more hikers, we would have the rest of the hike to ourselves.

Next was the pleasant stroll through the alpine fields adjacent to Mt. Franklin. Reaching Mt. Eisenhower, we continued to have great views and weather.

Our next stop was Mt. Pierce. Upon nearing the summit, we decided to abandon our plans to head over to Mt. Jackson, as time and energy were both waning. The views from Pierce were once again strong, aided by the snowpack.

After a pleasant stroll down the Crawford Path, we soon reached Route 302, backtracking a bit to the Mt. Jackson lot to our spotted vehicle. What a nice day to be out in the Presidentials!


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, April 19, 2009
Hike Commenced: 8:51 AM
Parking Elevation: 2,700'
Destination: Mt. Washington
Ascent Commenced: 8:54 AM
Summit Reached: 12:40 PM
Time Elapsed: 03:46
Trailhead Elevation: 2,740'
Summit Elevation: 6,288'
Vertical Gain: 3,678'
Destination: Mt. Monroe
Ascent Commenced: 1:18 PM
Summit Reached: 2:11 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:53
Trailhead Elevation: 6,288'
Summit Elevation: 5,372'
Vertical Gain: 390'
Destination: Mt. Eisenhower
Ascent Commenced: 2:36 PM
Summit Reached: 3:50 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:24
Trailhead Elevation: 5,372'
Summit Elevation: 4,780'
Vertical Gain: 480'
Destination: Mt. Pierce
Ascent Commenced: 3:53 PM
Summit Reached: 4:59 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:06
Trailhead Elevation: 4,780'
Summit Elevation: 4,310'
Vertical Gain: 420'
Hike Ended: 6:32 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 09:41
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,048'


The trailhead near the Marshfield Base Station
The trailhead near the Marshfield Base Station

Looking at the Northern Presidentials from Mt. Washington - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Northern Presidentials from Mt. Washington

Looking up the Monroe Loop trail
Looking up the Monroe Loop trail

Looking at the Southern Presidentials from Mt. Monroe - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Southern Presidentials from Mt. Monroe

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

Looking at Mt. Washington from Mt. Eisenhower - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from Mt. Eisenhower

Looking up the Crawford Path on the way to Mt. Pierce
Looking up the Crawford Path on the way to Mt. Pierce

Looking at Mt. Washington from Mt. Pierce - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from Mt. Pierce

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


Directions to trailhead: To get to the Webster-Jackson parking area, take Route 302 west from Bartlett. Once at the top of Crawford Notch, the lot will be on the left. The Crawford Path ends a few minutes west of it. To get to the Cog Base Station in winter, take 302 West from Crawford Notch, then take a right onto Base Station Road. In winter 2008-09, there was plowed parking available at the Cog Base Station. Looking up the mountain from the parking lot, the spur trail to the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail begins up the hill to the right, a bit below two cabins.

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