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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 up the Webster Cliff Trail during a downpour
Looking up the Webster Cliff Trail during a downpour

Route: Crawford Connector, Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail

The forecast said "the first precipitation free quite a while." Good enough, I figured, so I took the afternoon off from work.

During the morning, it rained. On the way up, it rained. Perhaps the term precipitation doesn't include rain.

The hike up the Crawford Path was rather mucky, with off and on sprinkles. It seemed like a bunch of people were heading down from the hut, as the trail was rather busy up to the cut off junction.

As I emerged from the trees, an all out downpour started. Ridiculous. Fortunately, the rain let up for a bit after I reached the summit, so I was able to hang out for awhile, enjoying an occasional view through the clouds.

The descent was wet as well, as was the drive home. These weather forecasts are ridiculous. It was nice to get a hike in, but a waste of an afternoon off.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Hike Commenced: 1:22 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,920'
Destination: Mt. Pierce
Ascent Commenced: 1:22 PM
Summit Reached: 2:52 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:30
Trailhead Elevation: 1,920'
Summit Elevation: 4,310'
Distance: 3.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,430'
Hike Ended: 5:03 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:41
Hike Distance: 6.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,470'

Crawford Connector trailhead
Crawford Connector trailhead

Gibbs Falls
Gibbs Falls

A brief break in the clouds near the summit of Mt. Pierce - Click to enlarge
A brief break in the clouds near the summit of Mt. Pierce

Topographic map of Mt. Pierce - Click to enlarge

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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