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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


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

Today's hike was one that I had actually intended to do the on Christmas Day (but backed out on when I saw the satellite imagery).

When I pulled into a relatively empty Crawford Path parking area, I saw a thick band of clouds to the west - crikey! I suited up quickly and was on my way.

The trail was pretty well packed - frozen and loose granular from the recent rain. Fortunately, there were only two minors blowdowns.

As I cleared the treeline, I was happy to see that the clouds had remained to the west - and that the view of Mt. Washington was as clear as a bell (whatever that cliche means)! After meeting a hiking photo legend, I continued up the Webster Cliff Trail to the Pierce summit for a brief lunch. With the snowpack, I was able to see above the trees from one point toward Mt. Chocorua.

After loitering around the summit and the open area below it, I headed back - and made it back to the parking lot before any significant clouds had moved in. I just ended a sentence with a preposition. I'd make a bad Canadian.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Hike Commenced: 10:16 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,920'
Destination: Mt. Pierce
Ascent Commenced: 10:17 AM
Summit Reached: 12:03 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:46
Trailhead Elevation: 1,920'
Summit Elevation: 4,310'
Distance: 3.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,430'
Hike Ended: 2:04 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:48
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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