Mt Pierce and Mt Eisenhower
John Moores, Steve Bussolari, Fred Knight
2013 Jan 19

Trip Report

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Our original plan was to make a second attempt (see first attempt here) at going up Ammonoosuc Trail to Mt Monroe, then across to Eisenhower and down Crawford Path to Crawford Notch. However, the predicted high winds made us decide to go the other way and determine if the ridge was hikable when we reached Mt Eisenhower. Then Fred and John were late getting to the start, so we just left both cars at Crawford Notch and headed up Crawford Path, starting at a definitely non-alpine 9am. The hike turned out to be a longer version of Steve Sawyer's and my hike two weeks ago. And here's a travelog, a somewhat longish

movie of the entire hike.movie

We got to the first junction in 1:10, a good pace, and then spent 18 minutes there talking with two groups, a big AMC crowd and a pair of well-accoutured Maine gentlemen, and chomping and drinking. No hint of strong wind. At the next junction, we headed up to Mt Pierce. Still only light breeze.

Heading out toward our first glimpses of Mt Eisenhower, Steve and I switched to snowshoes while John kept to his bare boots, his now-discontinued Asolo Alliance GTX boots that kept his feet warm and had amazingly good traction. (They look similar to Asolo Drifter GV boots.) The wind increased a little; we added a layer and headed up above the treeline. Even on the ascent the wind didn't merit goggles, and we kept warm (hot!) just by the exertion. Although we considered completing the original hike, we instead, circled around Eisenhower and retraced our steps. When we arrived back, the AMC group had just returned, having descended via Edmand's Path and Mt Clinton Road, which is about the same distance as reutrning via Crawford Path. Might be an interesting hike.

Summary: 10.1 miles to Mt Pierce and over and around Mt Eisenhower, 2900' elevation gain, 7 hrs (book time!). Microspikes and snowshoes on well-packed trail; predicted wind never came but temperature was decreasing in the pm. A fun hike; wish we could have done the entire planned hike but the circumstances precluded it.
--Fred (aka tarpman)

And here is Steve's report from EveryTrail.


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First Glimpse of Eisenhower
First Glimpse of Eisenhower
After 1.5 hours, nearing treeline on Crawford Path
Changed to snowshoes
Changed to snowshoes
for stability and traction. John still barebooting.
Along Crawford Path
Along Crawford Path
in and out of treeline
Eisenhower in view
Eisenhower in view
Wind not up to forecast---great!
Final ascent
Final ascent
Few inches of new snow
Atop Eisenhower
Atop Eisenhower
Never even put on my goggles
Action atop Mt Eisenhower
Action atop Mt Eisenhower
John: I hope you appreciate the "artistic vignetting" in the photo... Phone case opening has never quite aligned with camera lens. Bare finger is evidence of the warm temps and light winds. Despite vignetting and low quality camera, I like the photo because of the quasi-symmetry of the two of you looking in and down, yet doing different things; plus it provides summit conditions, and view of mountains in background. I had the impression that neither of you had any idea that I was taking your picture.
Looking back from north side
Looking back from north side
Decided to do entire Eisenhower loop
At junction of Crawford Path
At junction of Crawford Path
heading back
Trail not used too much I suspect
Trail not used too much I suspect
Crawford Path on the side of Eisenhower
Back at junction with Eisenhower Loop
Back at junction with Eisenhower Loop
Heading inbound now
Looking backa t Eisenhower
Looking back at Eisenhower
Views like this one over a mile or so
Eisenhower vista
Eisenhower vista
heading down
Lunch stop
Lunch stop
sheltered with views south
Steve snowshoe repair at Pierce junction
Steve snowshoe repair at Pierce junction
Mt Pierce just above.
View north
View north
Final before going into trees
Final junction, back to microspikes
Final junction, back to microspikes
Mizpah Cutoff junction; weasel went by through woods