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Mt Pierce and Eisenhower

  • Feb 15, 2014 · 9:30 AM

Introduction: Part of the Southern Presidentials, Pierce and Eisenhower are both beautiful peaks. Pierce is sheltered until the last bit before the summit. The Mount Eisenhower loop trail is very exposed and if the weather is poor, we will just do Pierce. We will be taking the Crawford Path and going over both summits (rt: 9.6 miles, 3,250 feet, 6:25).


We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.


Click for current trail conditions (TrailsNH.com)

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(noaa.gov)

Mountain-forecast

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Click for a winter Packing list

*Snowshoes are mandatory for this hike!

*Bring a sled if you have one! I have one extra- let me know if you need one!


Environment: Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions so be prepared. If conditions will be or become dangerous on the trail (i.e., elevated likelihood of lightning, blizzard, dangerous winds, downpour, or dense fog, especially above treeline), I will cancel or terminate the hike - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two ahead of time. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary. While reaching the summit is always our goal, we will not succumb to "summit fever" and risk our well-being in the process. The mountain will still be there another day.


Directions

We will meet at the parking area for Edmands path (hiking up Mt Pierce first) which is across the street from the Crawford Notch visitor center. Because of plowing you may need to park at the visitor center and walk across the street.


As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear and agree to know and follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described atwww.hikesafe.com


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  • Allison N.

    here's the trip report plus a little video of the ascent and some sledding on the descent. My battery died not long after the summit so there isn't too much sledding, but it was a blast! http://4000-footers.blogspot.com/2014/02/mount-pierce-winter.html

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Delphine

    Thanks Allison for the great hike.

    February 16, 2014

  • Allison N.

    Thanks everyone for joining! I had a blast! You were all great company on the trail. I hope everyone had a safe drive back!

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Dhananjay B.

    Can someone send me their phone number, since i will be coming alone.

    February 15, 2014

  • Dhananjay B.

    What exactly are we going to use the sled for, are we coming down Pierce on a sled :)

    February 14, 2014

    • Allison N.

      Yes! We will take the easy way down. It is a ton of fun! I have one extra that I will bring, but slippery pants or a garbage bag works too :) It's fun to mix it up on the descent!

      February 14, 2014

    • Delphine

      Don't have one either !!!!!!

      February 14, 2014

  • Allison N.

    Hi everyone, with the new snow I wanted to see if anyone had room for two. My car (a Honda Fit) is wonderful in warmer weather, but not so hot for snowy roads. I could meet either in Concord NH at the park and ride or even the Portsmouth NH park and ride if people are coming from that direction. We pitch in for gas! That being said- I highly recommend people do carpool as we're all going to the same place!

    February 12, 2014

    • Delphine

      Hi Andrew, you can ride with me, no problem. Will let you know later at what time. Can you come to my house? I live near Magoun square.

      February 14, 2014

    • Andrew

      Sounds great. I can meet you at your house. You can email me a time and address later. Thanks!

      February 14, 2014

  • Marianne P.

    I am co-leading an AMC hike to Lake Solitude, should the driving allow it.

    February 13, 2014

  • Andrew

    This is also my first meetup with the group. I've been 3-season hiking for a couple years now, and just got into winter hiking this year. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    1 · February 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just read the equipment list and everything looks fine but I don't have mountaineering snowshoes with side crampons. They have crampons on the toe and maybe heel but not around the perimeter of the snowshoe. Is that going to be a deal breaker?

    February 11, 2014

    • Allison N.

      Have you hiked with them on steeper terrain before? Since we are going to be getting snow Thursday we will definitely need snowshoes. If you have used them hiking on steeper terrain, they will work, but if they are meant for flat terrain it will not be appropriate for this hike. Feel free to send me an email if you have any other questions.

      February 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks. Just sent you a message.

      February 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first meetup with this group. I look forward to meeting everyone.

    1 · February 11, 2014

  • Robin Ridener P.

    So wish I wasn't working Saturday - would love to have done this one with you!

    February 11, 2014

    • Allison N.

      I wish you could! We need to do a hike together very soon! :)

      February 11, 2014

  • Dhananjay B.

    very excited about this, so want to do a hike this weekend but all the good ones were full, just wondering though, if the weather forecast is better for sunday, would you guys consider shifting it.

    February 11, 2014

    • Allison N.

      I will not be able to hike Sunday. I think we should be ok for Saturday, but I will keep an eye on the weather. Worst case scenario is we'll just grab Pierce, but I think it'll turn out fine for Saturday!

      February 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    You're gonna have company--Over 40 just posted the same hike for the same day. . .

    February 11, 2014

    • Allison N.

      I just saw that! We're starting an hour later so we'll have some nice trails ;)

      February 11, 2014

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