Mount Eisenhower and Mount Pierce

MODERATE 8 reviews

Mount Eisenhower and Mount Pierce is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Crawfords, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3126 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

scramble

Climb to the summit of Mount Eisenhower and then over the presidential ridge to Mount Pierce (formerly Mount Clinton) and back down. Leave a car at each end of the hike or this will turn into 16.2 miles out and back or a return hike via the road.

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1 month ago

What a wild trip. If you were ever inclined to ignore weather reports - DON'T!!!! We left Mizpah Spring Hut at about 8:30 AM and planned to hike Pierce to Eisenhower. The Croo's weather report was temps in the 30s and wind gusts to the 80 MPH range at Washington. We were well prepared for the hike and up to Pierce wasn't too difficult as there were very few exposed areas. From Pierce to Eisenhower was a slog. There wasn't any rain but fog settled in and the winds were for-real - 50-60s steady and yes, gusts to the 80s.

The last 2-3 hundred vertical on Eisenhower were exposed and challenging. We were brief at the top of Eisenhower (I will try to post a video) and scurrying to lose elevation. Edmands was a welcome sign but the first bit out is a rock garden for 1-2 hundred yards and footing with high winds isn't easy. Eventually we got to the lee on Edmands -- a one track trail -- which was very heavily traveled with uphill traffic.

We came across 2-3 dozen hikers and dogs heading up. We offered our take of conditions and to the credit of the hikers, most had what appeared to be full packs to gear up for what was awaiting them.

I looked the the Mount Washington weather for 8/6 and the max wind was 92 MPH and the temps, I think, never got into the 50s. It was sooooo strange passing uphill hikers in shorts and wanting to get to a temperature and elevation to allow getting out of three layers on top.

Don't doubt mother nature.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

Great hike so many white mountain views! we went up Eisenhower first probably the more challenging route- but was nice to get to hut 6 miles in and refresh on water.

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2 months ago