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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 the Jewell Trail on the way to Mt. Washington
Looking the Jewell Trail on the way to Mt. Washington

Route: Unknown trail, Jewell Trail, Trinity Heights Connector, (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, Mizpah Cutoff, Crawford Path

After a less than enjoyable drive to Crawford Notch, I spotted my vehicle at the Webster Jackson parking area and headed toward the Cog base station parking area. Though not always open or free, it was both today. Starting before sunset, we headed up the Jewell Trail, barebooting.

Reaching treeline, we were pleased to see blue sky overhead - and clouds below us. We were standing above a spectacular undercast, hovering at about 3,800 feet. Absolutely amazing.

Reaching the southern end of the Mt. Clay Loop, we donned Microspikes for the final icy ascent to Mt. Washington. By the time we reached the summit, most of the undercast had burned away, revealing a hazy horizon. Nonetheless, we had fairly sharp views to the northeast, as Sugarloaf was easily seen over the border in Maine.

After lingering around the summit a bit (the first train of the day had arrived, ending the placid feel we at first had), we descended to Lakes of the Clouds for lunch, needing Micropsikes for most of the descent.

After a nice lunch break, we then headed up an icy walkway to Monroe. Part of the way up the steeps, one of my Microspikes lost grip on an iced covered rock. Just as I noticed this and started to shift my weight, my other foot gave out too, resulting in an instantaneous fall and slide. Just as my luck had been on this day, I landed with nearly all of my weight on my bruised patella, resulting in instant pain. Not wanting my leg to lock up, we kept on moving, lingering at the summit for only a few minutes.

Part way to Eisenhower, I took a break and used some of the rime ice to try and reduce the swelling and perhaps regain some range of motion. It was a shame not to enjoy perhaps my favorite stretch of trail on the ridge on the account of pain. Boy did Eisenhower look far away.

Finally reaching Eisenhower, the anti-inflammatories kicked in a bit, reducing the pain and increasing range of motion. Thus, I decided I could soldier on to Pierce, rather than bailing down the Edmands Path. Reaching Pierce, we had only a few minutes of sunlight remaining - yet my knee was feeling a lot better. Thus, we decided to continue along the Crawford Path and make a decision on Jackson at the hut. We were stalled, though, by a decent sunset display from the southern knob of Pierce.

Upon dropping down the steeps to the hut, we decided to quit while we were ahead. The headlamps came on about halfway down the Mizpah Cutoff. The Mizpah Cutoff and the Crawford Path were quite wet - a bit surprising since it had been two days since the heavy rains.


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: Moderate
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, November 22, 2009
Hike Commenced: 6:31 AM
Parking Elevation: 2,700'
Destination: Mt. Washington
Ascent Commenced: 6:33 AM
Summit Reached: 10:40 AM
Time Elapsed: 03:07
Trailhead Elevation: 2,740'
Summit Elevation: 6,288'
Vertical Gain: 3,748'
Destination: Mt. Monroe
Ascent Commenced: 11:03 AM
Summit Reached: 12:49 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:46
Trailhead Elevation: 6,288'
Summit Elevation: 5,372'
Vertical Gain: 390'
Destination: Mt. Eisenhower
Ascent Commenced: 12:53 PM
Summit Reached: 2:33 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:40
Trailhead Elevation: 2,740'
Summit Elevation: 4,780'
Vertical Gain: 480'
Destination: Mt. Pierce
Ascent Commenced: 2:41 PM
Summit Reached: 3:44 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:03
Trailhead Elevation: 2,740'
Summit Elevation: 5,372'
Vertical Gain: 420'
Hike Ended: 6:08 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 11:37
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,098'


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

Looking down the Gulfside Trail on the way to Mt. Washington
Looking down the Gulfside Trail on the way to Mt. Washington

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

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

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

Looking down the Eisenhower Loop on the way to Mt. Pierce
Looking down the Eisenhower Loop on the way to Mt. Pierce

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

The sunset as seen from the southern vista on Mt. Pierce - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from the southern vista on 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 late fall 2009, there was 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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