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Mt. Tripyramid (South Peak), Mt. Tripyramid (Middle Peak), Mt. Tripyramid (North 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 south slide
Looking up the south slide

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

With enough time for a morning/early afternoon hike prior to Turkey Day dinner, I decided to head over to Waterville Valley and take advantage of snow/ice free slides. Unfortunately, due to some damp weather a day earlier, things were a bit wet - having been up the north slide in questionable conditions twice in recent months, I decided to take a pass and instead ascend the generally tamer south slide.

Reaching the south slide, I was pleased to see that I was climbing out of the valley clouds into a nice undercast - particularly striking was the Lakes Region. Other than one slabby area, the ascent up the south slide wasn't too bad despite the wet conditions.

After reaching the (as far as I can tell) viewless summit (I've never taken the time to find the rumored small vista near the summit), I continued over to Middle Tripyramid for some more undercast views. The Sandwich Dome, Tecumseh, the Osceolas, and Moosilauke all looked like islands standing upon a sea of clouds.

After a short snack break, I continued to North Tripyramid, where I had some undercast views to the north. The Presidentials were in the clear - a bit surprising considering the forecast.

For the descent, I headed down the steep, slippery, and rough Pine Bend Brook Trail, then connected to the more gentle Scaur Ridge Trail. Upon reaching the portion where the trail starts to jog westward, I dropped down the embankment and connected to an old logging road, leading to the Livermore/Tripyramid junction, where I continued on the long roadwalk back.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, November 26, 2009
Hike Commenced: 7:25 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,560'
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (South Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 7:25 AM
Summit Reached: 9:33 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:08
Trailhead Elevation: 1,560'
Summit Elevation: 4,080'
Distance: 5 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,605'
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (Middle Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 9:33 AM
Summit Reached: 9:47 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:14
Trailhead Elevation: 4,080'
Summit Elevation: 4,140'
Distance: .4 mile
Vertical Gain: 200'
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 9:51 AM
Summit Reached: 10:19 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:28
Trailhead Elevation: 4,140'
Summit Elevation: 4,180'
Distance: .8 mile
Vertical Gain: 340'
Hike Ended: 12:55 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:30
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,225'


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

Looking into the Squam Lake region in undercast from the south slide - Click to enlarge
Looking into the Squam Lake region in undercast from the south slide

The Mt. Tripyramid Trail to the Middle Peak
The Mt. Tripyramid Trail to the Middle Peak

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

The Mt. Tripyramid Trail near North Tripyramid
The Mt. Tripyramid Trail near North Tripyramid

Mt. Washington as seen from North Tripyramid - Click to enlarge
Mt. Washington as seen from North Tripyramid

The Norway Rapids, just off the Livermore Trail
The Norway Rapids, just off the Livermore Trail

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