Mount Tripyramid via Pine Bend Brook Trail

HARD 18 reviews

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

dogs on leash

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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.

3 months ago

Great steep trail, wanted to hike down sabbaday but that wasn’t packed down and we only had spikes. Some good opportunities for glissading on the way down at least. Nice views on the ledge to the left of north tp summit as you ascent, and from middle. Surprisingly crowded, esp on middle summit.

3 months ago

We did this trail Dec 22, 2018–nice long walk. Many stream crossings but none were too difficult. The trail was decently packed walking on the monorail but some post-holing if you stepped off the rail sinking almost waist-deep. We used spikes and snowshoes. The trail was tough to find just past the yellow wilderness sign with a false trail started by some folks who went up to the left. The trail goes right crossing the stream and follows the stream on the right as you ascend. There are a few yellow blazes on the trees so just have to be vigilant. It is all pretty flat until this point then it gets STEEP. We switched from spikes to snowshoes (awesome with the ascent bar) as we climbed the packed trail. A faint set of prints helped us in some spots where we lost the trail as it bends hard to the left and hugs a ridge line. From there it is just up and up with some long straight and very steep sections until the top. From there it’s a easy walk to the summits and then retrace your steps out. The whole thing took us about 6 hours. It’s a great winter hike with the right gear.

6 months ago

I liked this trail a lot. Some steep sections with a nice flat section in the middle before hitting more steep sections. 3 hrs to each the summit and I'm an average paced hiker.

6 months ago

So many rocks and boulders climbing toward the sky forever (ok or maybe for just an hour ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). Not great views but a nice clear shot of Waterville.

hiking
Sunday, December 03, 2017

At this time of the year (late Nov/early Dec) the top 1/3 of the trail is snow and ice covered. The middle 1/3 was frozen ground and ice patches and the first 1/3 frozen ground. Foot traction was a definite benefit on the middle and top of the trail. There were some tall steps and small scrambles involved. The ridge line was fantastic with glimpses of view between the leafless trees. Clouds were rolling in and we could see Mt Washington above the cloud layer, then the higher clouds rolled in but Mt W. continued to shine through them and slowly got covered by them. It was incredible to see that mountain shining through all those clouds. The blazes are old an could be easy to lose the trail. In the snowy sections it had already been broken. But isn't that part of the fun of hiking, needing to figure out the way sometimes? Hiking is not just another walk in the woods. Paying attention and continuing to look should keep you on the trail. Tricky part is when the trail turns left at the top of the stream. Great hike and would do it again.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

very primitive trail markings and no views. next time would do south side. lots of moss on rocks so don't bother in wet or fall/winter conditions.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

The trail started out very flat and then got really steep. The lack of trail markers made it difficult at certain areas. The trail itself was okay, but the lack of views made it rather unsatisfying.

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Flats are great, ascents are steep. Nice hike to hit a few 4k footers, very pleasant in parts and strenuous in others. Can also turn this into a semi-loop by going down the Sabbaday Brook Trail and walking for a bit along the Kancamagus.

trail running
Friday, June 30, 2017

This is a great walk/hike into Waterville accessing the 4,000 footers from the Kancamagus.. Using the trail on weekdays makes for an awesome and quiet outing. The review states that dogs must be leashed however this information is incorrect. Dogs are welcome in most areas of the WMNF and must be under control but certainly not leashed. The town of Waterville Valley does not mandate dogs be on leash either. My concern with erroneous reporting is that hikers will have an expectation and become contentious with folks perceived as non-compliant. Please take the time to modify the information.
Thanks!

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

When it's flat, it's flat. When it's steep, it's steep.

This 11 mile loop took a little less than 6 hours (which includes about a half hour of accumulated rest time).

The loop I took and would suggest is as follows:

From the Kancamangus up the Pine Bend Brook Trail to the Middle Peak, back track to the Sabbaday Brook Trail Intersection, down the Sabbaday Trail, and a mile walk back to the car on the Kancamangus.

hiking
Monday, November 02, 2015

This is probably a much better summer hike than fall or winter. Ascended Pine Brook to Tripyramid and down Kancamangus. The first few miles are level and not terribly scenic, though there were some pretty ice formations in the rocks and roots. The trail was not well marked or maintained and we ended up ascending a rockfall quite a way off-trail, adding to the mileage. When the trail starts going up, it's a steep ascent with some fun boulder scrambling and high steps. Took about 4 hours to reach the first summit with a few good views through the bare trees. The second summit is close by, and over a fairly level trail for your legs to enjoy before heading down.
We chose to start from Pine Brook for the more gradual descent on Kancamangus, but this was not a win. It's a long and challenging route and a mile or so from the summit, there's a portion of very steep white slab where we didn't notice a thin layer of ice. Two of us bit it here, sliding 20-30 feet at ~45 degrees before we could stop ourselves. Treated the injuries as best we could and it was baby steps and swinging from the trees on the side for the next mile, with 5 still to go.
There are several stream crossings with no good routes across. Stones are extremely slippery, and the water was high. I was soaked to the knee with 3.5 miles left. Better to have this happen on the way down than up, I suppose. Some of the trail markers here direct you to cross at 4 or 5 different places, but I believe it's all the same stream, so if you can stay on one side for the first 3 or 4 crossings, it's safer and drier. Just keep a lookout for blazes on the other side and enjoy the pretty waterfalls almost all the way to the parking lot.

hiking
Sunday, November 01, 2015

This is probably a much better summer hike than fall or winter. Ascended Pine Brook to Tripyramid and down Kancamangus. The first few miles are level and not terribly scenic, though there were some pretty ice formations in the rocks and roots. The trail was not well marked or maintained and we ended up ascending a rockfall quite a way off-trail, adding to the mileage. When the trail starts going up, it's a steep ascent with some fun boulder scrambling and high steps. Took about 4 hours to reach the first summit with a few good views through the bare trees. The second summit is close by, and over a fairly level trail for your legs to enjoy before heading down.
We chose to start from Pine Brook for the more gradual descent on Kancamangus, but this was not a win. It's a long and challenging route and a mile or so from the summit, there's a portion of very steep white slab where we didn't notice a thin layer of ice. Two of us bit it here, sliding 20-30 feet at ~45 degrees before we could stop ourselves. Treated the injuries as best we could and it was baby steps and swinging from the trees on the side for the next mile, with 5 still to go.
There are several stream crossings with no good routes across. Stones are extremely slippery, and the water was high. I was soaked to the knee with 3.5 miles left. Better to have this happen on the way down than up, I suppose. Some of the trail markers here direct you to cross at 4 or 5 different places, but I believe it's all the same stream, so if you can stay on one side for the first 3 or 4 crossings, it's safer and drier. Just keep a lookout for blazes on the other side and enjoy the pretty waterfalls almost all the way to the parking lot.

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