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Mt. Tripyramid (North Peak), Mt. Tripyramid (Middle Peak), Mt. Tripyramid (South Peak)
Waterville Valley, NH

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

Route: Livermore Road/Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail, (Mt. Tripyramid North Peak), Mt. Tripyramid Trail, (Mt. Tripyramid Middle Peak), Mt. Tripyramid Trail, (Mt. Tripyramid South Peak), Mt. Tripyramid Trail, Livermore Road/Trail

We had been planning to do the traditional Tripyramid loop for some time. As the day neared, it looked like the weather would prevent these plans from happening. Nonetheless, the morning of, the radar looked to be somewhat clear for a few hours.

After the fairly dull roadwalk up the Livermore "Trail," we eventually reached the junction for the northern portion of the Mt. Tripyramid Trail. Since it wasn't raining or thundering, we decided to give it a go (our backup plan was Scaur Ridge).

After working our way across a slightly high water crossing, we soon reached the bottom portion of the slide. The wet rock made this difficult and risky. As we reached the open portion of the slide, the mist and occasional sprinkles made things very difficult. After losing my grip and sliding downhill a good 10 feet, I was just about ready to pull out rope. I didn't, and fortunately we were able to make it up in one piece.

After some lunch at the north peak, we worked our way over to the middle peak and were greeted with on views once again. Continuing to the south slide, we eventually had some limited views as we descended.

Below the south slide, the flats of the Mt. Tripyramid Trail were pretty muddy and the water crossings a bit tricky. The Livermore Road/Trail walk dragged a bit, but we nonetheless made it back to the parking lot in one piece, though a bit wet.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (North Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (Middle Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (South Peak)
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, June 28, 2009
Hike Commenced: 7:41 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,560'
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 7:41 AM
Summit Reached: 10:33 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:52
Trailhead Elevation: 1,560'
Summit Elevation: 4,180'
Distance: 4.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,680'
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (Middle Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 10:44 AM
Summit Reached: 11:07 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:23
Trailhead Elevation: 4,180'
Summit Elevation: 4,140'
Distance: .8 mile
Vertical Gain: 320'
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (South Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 11:19 AM
Summit Reached: 11:32 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:13
Trailhead Elevation: 4,140'
Summit Elevation: 4,080'
Distance: .4 mile
Vertical Gain: 130'
Hike Ended: 1:51 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:10
Hike Distance: 11 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,215'


The Livermore Road/Trail trailhead at the Livermore parking area
The Livermore Road/Trail trailhead at the Livermore parking area

Wild flowers on the north slide
Wild flowers on the north slide

Looking into the clouds from North Tripyramid - Click to enlarge
Looking into the clouds from North Tripyramid

The Tripyramid Trail to the Middle Peak
The Tripyramid Trail to the Middle Peak

Looking into the clouds from the Middle Peak of Mt. Tripyramid - Click to enlarge
Looking into the clouds from the Middle Peak of Mt. Tripyramid

Nothing to see from South Tripyramid - Click to enlarge
Nothing to see from South Tripyramid

The south slide near the south peak
The south slide near the south peak

Topographic map of Mt. Tripyramid (North Peak), Mt. Tripyramid (Middle Peak), Mt. Tripyramid (South Peak) - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Tripoli Road from the Waterville Valley ski area entrance to Livermore Road. The Livermore WMNF fee parking lot and trailhead are on the left (the rest/bulk of Livermore Road is closed to auto traffic).

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