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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 Crawford Path
Looking up the Crawford Path

Route: Crawford Connector, Crawford Path, Webster Cliff Trail

With a nice morning weather forecast, I took a few hours off from work and headed up to Crawford Notch. Arriving at the parking area, I was surprised to discover I was the first person there.

I was also a bit surprised to discover snow (a dusting) at the parking lot. By the time I reached the Gibbs Falls area, I had to stop and put on my MicroSpikes, as things were already getting a bit icy (not wall to wall, top to bottom, but nonetheless many patches, some obscured by snow).

After passing the Mitzpah junction, there was even more ice. At one point, the area took a great amber appearance, as the sun started to break through and shine through the rime and snow in the trees.

Arriving at the Webster Cliff Trail junction, there was now about an inch or two of snow, drifting upwards of four inches deep. Ike and Washington looked awesome, draped in fresh snow.

After reaching the summit, I turned around and headed down to my preferred view ledge for some snaps of the great scenery.

I was especially glad to have my MicroSpikes on for the descent, as the extended icy places probably would have been a risk had I been wearing Stablicers. The spikes gripped quite well - boy am I glad I bought these!

Until reaching the Crawford Connector on the descent, I did not see a single person.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, October 31, 2008
Hike Commenced: 7:48 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,920'
Destination: Mt. Pierce
Ascent Commenced: 7:48 AM
Summit Reached: 9:24 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:36
Trailhead Elevation: 1,920'
Summit Elevation: 4,310'
Distance: 3.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,430'
Hike Ended: 11:19 AM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:31
Hike Distance: 6.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,470'

Crawford Connector trailhead
Crawford Connector trailhead

For Halloween, Mt. Washington decided to dress up as winter - Click to enlarge
For Halloween, Mt. Washington decided to dress up as winter

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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