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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 Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail on the way to Mt. Washington
Looking up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail on the way to Mt. Washington

Route: Unknown trail, Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, snowfields, Crawford Path, (Mt. Washington), Crawford Path, snowfields, 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

With a few hours of good weather remaining before a blizzard was expected to hit the region, we headed to the Southern Presidentials.

The Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail was broken out and well packed, making for smooth sailing on a morning with a base temperature around 0. Clearing treeline, the winds were very low and the clouds overhead thick.

After passing by the drifted in Lakes of the Clouds hut, we headed uphill from the Crawford Path, as to avoid a nasty sideslope that had formed. Rather than deal with the potential danger of that sideslope, we followed some snowfields along the ridge and then up Mt. Washington.

Reaching the summit, there was no wind. Though cloudy overhead, the views were still strong in all directions.

After descending to the hut and having lunch on the roof, we headed over Mt. Monroe and the toward Eisenhower. My fifth day in a row of 4K hiking, I was running a bit low on energy, but was glad to be doing the whole hike on snowshoes, rather than playing musical footgear.

After passing over Mt. Eisenhower, we hit unbroken trail until about halfway to Pierce. Ranging from a foot to four feet, it required some extra effort toward the end of the day.

After briefly summitting Pierce, we headed down the Crawford Path, reaching Route 302 before dark, and a few hours before the first snowflakes started to fall.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Washington
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Monroe
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
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, December 26, 2010
Hike Commenced: 7:39 AM
Parking Elevation: 2,650'
Destination: Mt. Washington
Ascent Commenced: 7:44 AM
Summit Reached: 11:16 AM
Time Elapsed: 03:32
Trailhead Elevation: 2,740'
Summit Elevation: 6,288'
Vertical Gain: 3,678'
Destination: Mt. Monroe
Ascent Commenced: 11:34 AM
Summit Reached: 12:57 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:23
Trailhead Elevation: 6,288'
Summit Elevation: 5,372'
Vertical Gain: 390'
Destination: Mt. Eisenhower
Ascent Commenced: 1:01 PM
Summit Reached: 2:15 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:14
Trailhead Elevation: 5,372'
Summit Elevation: 4,780'
Vertical Gain: 480'
Destination: Mt. Pierce
Ascent Commenced: 2:22 PM
Summit Reached: 3:09 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:47
Trailhead Elevation: 4,780'
Summit Elevation: 4,310'
Vertical Gain: 420'
Hike Ended: 4:18 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 08:39
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,098'


The trailhead for the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail connector near the Marshfield Base Station
The trailhead for the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail connector near the Marshfield Base Station

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

The snowfields between Mt. Washington and Mt. Monroe
The snowfields between Mt. Washington and Mt. Monroe

Looking toward Jay Peak from Mt. Monroe - Click to enlarge
Looking toward Jay Peak from Mt. Monroe

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

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

The drifted Crawford Path on way to Mt. Pierce
The drifted Crawford Path on way to Mt. Pierce

Looking over Bretton Woods into Vermont from near the summit of Mt. Pierce - Click to enlarge
Looking over Bretton Woods into Vermont from near the summit of Mt. Pierce

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


Directions to trailhead: To get to the Crawford Connector parking area, 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. 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 2010-11, there was plowed parking available at the lower Cog Base Station parking lot. 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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