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Mt. Pierce
Carroll, NH, Crawford's Purchase, NH, Bean's Grant, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.

Looking down the Crawford Path

Route: Crawford Connector, Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail

Low on energy after work, I had two Arkansas Presidential choices - hike the former Mt. Clinton or Mt. Willey. My choice was Mt. Pierce.

The hike started off with a relatively flat .3 mile walk up the Crawford Connector. Once at the junction, the pitch picked up a little bit - but not much. The Crawford Path to Mt. Pierce is very tame - the easiest 4,000 footer hike I've done yet.

Though nice and peaceful, I found the trail to be a bit boring after awhile, as it involves many straight, gradual stretches.

Soon enough, I was out of the trees and near Mt. Pierce. Though the views to the west were hazy, the scenery to the north and north east was brilliant. While the views on the summit were decent, I found them to be more enjoyable closer to the Webster Cliff/Crawford Path junction. With the temperature near 90 degrees at the trailhead, the cooler summit temperatures combined with moderate winds made the hike well worth the limited effort.

Thanks in part to the tame trail, the knee did not feel too bad. All in all, a good hike. 4,000 footer #11.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Pierce
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Hike Commenced: 4:20 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,920'
Destination: Mt. Pierce
Ascent Commenced: 4:21 PM
Summit Reached: 5:54 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:33
Trailhead Elevation: 1,920'
Summit Elevation: 4,310'
Distance: 3.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,430'
Hike Ended: 7:41 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:21
Hike Distance: 6.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,470'

Crawford Connector trailhead

Looking northeast at Mt. Eisenhower and Mt. Washington from near the Mt. Pierce summit

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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