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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 the Scaur Ridge Trail on the way to the North Peak
Looking up the Scaur Ridge Trail on the way to the North Peak

Route: Livermore Road/Trail, Scaur Ridge Trail, Pine Bend Brook 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, bushwhack, Livermore Road/Trail

A forecasted bitter cold day with potential moderate winds - not a bad day to stay in the trees. Starting at the Livermore parking lot, the temperature was in the single digits. The walk up the groomed portion of the Livermore Trail was fairly smooth sailing. Beyond the Waterville boundary, we had some borderline trailbreaking, thanks to a few inches of new snow, as well as some drifts.

The Scaur Ridge Trail was also a bit drifted, however it was easier to follow than my previous winter trip, as a footbed was still visible. Reaching Pine Bend Brook, there was more drifting all the way to the summit of North Tripyramid. The small scrambles were a little bit tricky, but nonetheless possible on snowshoes with some traction.

Though cold, the summit of North Tripyramid was fairly calm. The views from the vista were quite strong - the Presidentials looked oh so tempting.

It was slow going to Middle Tripyramid, as the trail had completely drifted in - some drifts about three feet deep. Reaching the summit, we had crisp, hundred mile views.

For the descent, we cut off the western jog of the Scaur Ridge Trail and instead dropped directly to the North Tripyramid junction, saving a little distance.

Contrary to the forecast, it was a pretty nice winter day!


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Hike Commenced: 7:47 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,560'
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 7:47 AM
Summit Reached: 11:18 AM
Time Elapsed: 03:31
Trailhead Elevation: 1,560'
Summit Elevation: 4,180'
Vertical Gain: 2,700'
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (Middle Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 11:31 AM
Summit Reached: 12:01 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:30
Trailhead Elevation: 4,180'
Summit Elevation: 4,140'
Distance: .8 mile
Vertical Gain: 320'
Hike Ended: 3:26 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 07:39
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,455'


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

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

The wind drifted Tripyramid Trail to the Middle Peak
The wind drifted Tripyramid Trail to the Middle Peak

Looking at the Osceolas, Franconias, and Mt. Garfield from Middle Tripyramid - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Osceolas, Franconias, and Mt. Garfield from Middle Tripyramid

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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