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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, Mt. Clinton Trail, Dry River Cutoff, Mizpah Cutoff

Crawford Path at plenty of minor mud and slippery rocks. Considering the condition of this trail, as well as the use it gets, it could use a significant improvement effort to make travel easier/safer and to prevent further erosion.

Webster Cliff Trail from Pierce to Mizpah was fairly smooth sailing. No ice or snow or frozen ground. Mizpah Hut is closed until spring.

Short segment of Mt. Clinton Trail and then Dry River Cutoff was unpleasant. Lots of areas of mud, slippery rock, and running water on trail. Confusion around the last two water crossings - at the second to last water crossing, orange flagging tape leads downstream about 50 feet (steep scramble up the embankment to the old roadbed), then past a bootleg campsite, then to the larger brook crossing, then upstream about 200 feet, then rejoins the old trail. On the reverse trip, I found the trail between the two (if descending, go *upstream* at the second to last crossing about 15 feet, follow trail to final crossing, where you go straight across). This route I think it safer than the flagged route - not sure if USFS flagged it or not, so I left the tape.

In terms of signage and trail status: There is a sign as you depart Mizpah Hut stating the Dry River Trail is closed. However, when you arrive at the Mt. Eisenhower Trail junction, there is no such sign. There is no mention of the Mt. Clinton Trail being closed. However, the sign at the Dry River Cutoff junction only shows the Dry River Cutoff (sign for Mt. Clinton Trail is missing). The lower Mt. Clinton Trail essentially goes nowhere, considering the Dry River Trail is closed.

Essentially, Dry River Cutoff and Mt. Eisenhower Trail are currently mutually the only reason for each other's existence.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Parking Elevation: 1,920'
Destination: Mt. Pierce
Time Elapsed: 01:15
Trailhead Elevation: 1,920'
Summit Elevation: 4,310'
Distance: 3.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,430'
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:19
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,830'

Crawford Connector trailhead
Crawford Connector trailhead

Mt. Eisenhower as seen from Mt. Pierce - Click to enlarge
Mt. Eisenhower as seen from Mt. Pierce

The enjoyable Dry River Cutoff
The enjoyable Dry River Cutoff

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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