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

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up Livermore Trail on the way to the North Peak
Looking up Livermore Trail on the way to the North Peak

Route: Livermore Road/Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail, (Mt. Tripyramid North Peak), Mt. Tripyramid Trail, (Mt. Tripyramid Middle Peak), Mt. Tripyramid Trail, (Mt. Tripyramid North Peak), Pine Bend Brook Trail, Scaur Ridge Trail, Livermore Road/Trail

The weather forecast for the day had been steady and good all week - mostly sunny. Taking a half day off, I headed over to Waterville, wondering where the 'sun' portion of mostly sunny was.

Starting out on the Livermore Trail, it started to rain lightly. I wasn't deterred, though - it was going to be mostly sunny. Reaching the beginning of the northern branch of the Mt. Tripyramid Trail, it was still cloudy with mist - not great conditions for the north slide.

Leading up to the slide, the trail was a bit muddy. The lower portion of the slide was very slippery - wet, mossy slabs. I had to take my sweet time making my way up, as to not slide backwards to certain injury. Finally reaching the rockier portions of the slide up high, it was pretty good going - and still mostly cloudy.

There were no views from North Tripyramid upon summiting. Reaching Middle Tripyramid, I had decent views - though cloudy, the visibility was very strong, as peaks well into southern Vermont were visible.

Back on North Tripyramid, I was starting to get some halfway decent views as the fog lifted.

For the descent, I took the rough Pine Bend Brook Trail (a lot easier to take with snow on the ground), working down steep and wet ledges. After that, I connected to the Scaur Ridge Trail and took the nice gradual walk back down it and the Livermore Trail. Contrary to the forecast, the day was never 'partly sunny,' nevermind mostly sunny.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, October 8, 2009
Hike Commenced: 11:54 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,560'
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 11:55 AM
Summit Reached: 2:13 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:18
Trailhead Elevation: 1,560'
Summit Elevation: 4,180'
Distance: 4.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,680'
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (Middle Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 2:14 PM
Summit Reached: 2:34 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:20
Trailhead Elevation: 4,180'
Summit Elevation: 4,140'
Distance: .8 mile
Vertical Gain: 320'
Hike Ended: 5:15 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:21
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,440'


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

Looking down the Mt. Tripyramid Trail at the top of the north slide
Looking down the Mt. Tripyramid Trail at the top of the north slide

Looking north from near the summit of Mt. Tripryamid's north peak - Click to enlarge
Looking north from near the summit of Mt. Tripryamid's north peak

The Tripyramid Trail between the north and middle peaks
The Tripyramid Trail between the north and middle peaks

Looking at Mt. Tecumseh from Middle Tripyramid - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Tecumseh from Middle Tripyramid

Looking down the Scaur Ridge Trail
Looking down the Scaur Ridge Trail

Topographic map of Mt. Tripyramid (North Peak), Mt. Tripyramid (Middle 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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