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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

Livermore Road was icy for the first portion, then hardpack. Grooming has ceased due to the resort closure, but the frozen classic ski tracks still remain to an extent. Snowshoes were fine, but presumably Microspikes are permitted at this juncture (users are required to ski or snowshoe during the winter months on Livermore Road).

Beyond the groomed portion, snowshoes were best. Though it was firm early this morning, it softened up considerably in the sun as the morning progressed.

The approach to the south slide was a postholed mess.

The south slide was a mix of hardpack, spring snow, and blue ice. Above the Sleeper junction, bare ground and blue ice. Tubbs Flex Alps got me up, but MSRs would have been outmatched. Crampons otherwise would be necessary (particularly if descending). Microspikes would be asking for a broken leg or worse; the blue ice is too firm and too steep for them.

Above the slide, the trail was frozen granular, perhaps 3-4 feet deep. Tough to follow in places due to snowpack and recent melting. Ran into a pair of unprepared hikers between Middle and South, who didn't know where they were, but were planning to descend the south slide in Microspikes and Yaktrax. Obviously no snowshoes either. Fortunately they listened and turned around, albeit leaving postholes between South and Middle.

Pine Bend Brook Trail was much better than I was expecting, as there is still good snow cover. Though a few parts are a little dicey from frozen buttsliding tracks, there is minimal blue ice exposed at this juncture.

Scaur Ridge Trail was soft in the sun. I cut off the corner and dropped down to the old logging road in the nice open woods on spring snow.

Livermore Road was getting soft and somewhat slushy on return.


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: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (North Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Parking Elevation: 1,560'
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (South Peak)
Time Elapsed: 02:47
Trailhead Elevation: 1,560'
Summit Elevation: 4,080'
Distance: 5 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,605'
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (Middle Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:14
Trailhead Elevation: 4,080'
Summit Elevation: 4,140'
Distance: .4 mile
Vertical Gain: 200'
Destination: Mt. Tripyramid (North Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:19
Trailhead Elevation: 4,140'
Summit Elevation: 4,180'
Distance: .8 mile
Vertical Gain: 340'
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 at Mt. Passaconaway from near the summit of South Tripyramid - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Passaconaway from near the summit of South Tripyramid

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

Looking at Mt. Tecumseh, Mt. Moosilauke, and Mt. Osceola from Middle Tripyramid - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Tecumseh, Mt. Moosilauke, and Mt. Osceola from Middle Tripyramid

The Mt. Tripyramid Trail to North Tripyramid
The Mt. Tripyramid Trail to North Tripyramid

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

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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