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Mount Tripyramid via Pine Bend Brook Trail

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White Mountain National Forest

Mount Tripyramid via Pine Bend Brook Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Campton, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3,425 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Great views into Waterville Valley and south to east. The Pine Bend Brook Trail is nearly flat for the first two miles with six stream crossings, then becomes quite steep through an area with nice views through hardwood forest. It continues to be steep up to the junction with Scaur Ridge Trail. There is a nice ridge walk for a bit, then up again to the north peak with nice views to the south. Middle peak has the better views, extending from west, south & east. Climbing back up to the north peak required sidestepping, as it was too steep to walk straight down. The last two miles are flat.

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blowdown
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muddy
rocky
10 hours ago

Not my favorite in the whites. Picked a good day to do it: foggy, damp, not a good view day. Some pretty parts basically a very steep walk in woods. Better than work.

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scramble
12 days ago

Don’t be fooled by the easy stroll that makes up the first few miles. The 1,200 foot ascent in mile 3 was challenging; closer to the summit of North there are several rock scrambles that are very slippery. Coming down was more challenging than going up. I personally found this to be more difficult than most guide books and user comments suggest, but maybe that is because there isn’t a real payoff in terms of amazing views. The bugs were pretty bad, too. With all that said, it was an enjoyable hike and opportunity to hit 2 4K footers.

hiking
19 days ago

Diffuculty: This is probably the easiest way up, just looking at the north slide from Scaur Ridge made me shake a bit. Still a long, hard slog. Lots of stream crossings before the ascent, and there are a couple of tough rock slides at the beginning of the ascent and during the last .3 miles up north tripyramid. Experience: I wouldn't hike this unless you are working on the 4000 footers. Some decent viewpoints on north tripyramid, but nothing to write home about. If you are doing the 4000 footers, bear in mind that the south peak isn't on the list so you don't have to hike it. Weather: While there are plenty of hikes that would be better to do in the rain, you could do this one in the rain. There were a lot of stream crossings but the stream wasn't particularly large. (early June) Dog: There are a couple of pretty steep spots where a dog would really struggle. Trekking poles: I ditched mine on the first steep ascent, which turned out to be a mistake because there is a lot of terrain (especially the ridge walks and the decent from north tripyramid) where I would have wanted to have them. Water sources: Plenty of water sources before the ascent starts, but none that I could see up on the ridge. Camping: There are some possible spots on scaur ridge and between north and middle tripyramid, but due to the lack of water sources I wouldn't recommend camping on this part of the trail.

Went up north tripyrimd and down south. The rocks and scramble were tough. Went up with two dogs, they made it but it was difficult for them. Overall enjoyed the hike. The up rock and intense 45degrees was tough but doable. No views at too so soak it in on the way up the scramble

hiking
29 days ago

6/4/20- started a bit after 8am. Only one other car parked along the side of the road. Saw a total of 9 people on the trail. Some snow and ice near the summits, but I didn't end up putting spikes on. Pretty steep before the first summit. Views are nice.

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1 month ago

Hiked the tripyramids today and although the trail was absolutely beautiful, it was poorly maintained and the blazes were faded in numerous locations. Because of this we lost the trail several times and had to bushwack our way to clearings in the trail which threw us off the all trails map route. Water crossings were all manageable, however, water was high in areas due to melting snow. Spikes were a must about 2.5 miles up to bag all 3 peaks as the trail became snow and ice covered. There were also many trees down blocking the trail turning the hike itself into a fun little adventure course. Overall this was a beautifully challenging hike with a lot of vertical gain and no real overlooks or viewpoints from the top.

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snow
2 months ago

5/3/20 Certainly needed micro spikes on this trail. Snowshoes would have been preferred towards the top. Can be a difficult trail to follow. Not well marked. Lots of post-holing on the way down as the sun warmed the snow. Many stream crossings. May not be able to cross some as snow melts in the coming weeks.

Super mellow and rolling first two miles, followed by lots of vertical, some of it very steep. Trail was packed snow and easy to follow. Not much in way of views. Had a ton of fun butt sledding down!

Great hike, packed trail and empty to extremely low river crossings (all under 3” deep).

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snow
5 months ago

Packed snow on the majority of the trail today with a few icy spots. Stream crossings were not an issue. Used snowshoes the entire hike. Not many views but still an interesting and challenging hike.

Crampons & snowshoes! Not a lot in the way of views, but a nice enough hike.

This trail is not marked very well. In the beginning it is and once you hit the last brook crossing, it’s difficult to follow.

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blowdown
over grown
9 months ago

The trail wasn’t well marked at all. Bring some yellow to touch up trail marking. Between miles 2-3 was difficult, lots of wet mossy rocks. Overall a good 4000 footer.

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