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Hike The Tripyramids!

  • Sep 28, 2013 · 7:45 AM
  • Porter Square Parking Lot in Front of Shaws and Panera

Dear BA Members,


Please update your RSVPs so we know who is coming to this event next Saturday. Also, please post below if you can drive and take passengers, or if you need a ride. See you Saturday!


Note the new, friendlier morning meetup time! 7:45 a.m. :) and date. Summer is busy for so many of us. Please join us this fall, instead!

Come hike with fellow BA members! PLEASE post if you can drive or if you need a ride. We need to make sure we have enough drivers and that riders have one if they need it. Thank you!


Rain date is 8/18/2013. Please check the website the morning BEFORE you leave to this event just in case we have to cancel/ reschedule due to thunderstorms or rain.

Meet in the Shaws parking lot near the Porter Square T stop. Contact me (Emilie) at[masked] if you can't find us.


Remember your bag lunch! We depart promptly at 6 a.m. All late-comers will not be be granted rides, so please arrive at  5:45 a.m..The drive is 2.5 hours. The hike is about 8 hours long.


We are looking for drivers for all those who wish to attend this trip, so post a message if you are available to drive.

The Tripyramids are on the four-thousand footer list with popular hiking trails for intermediate to advanced hikers. It is a challenging hike with typical New Hampshire terrain (rocky and steep), a slippery rock face up Mt. Tripyramid and 2.5-3 hours drive from Boston.





The Tripyramid massif includes three peaks: North Tripyramid (4180’), Middle Tripyramid (4140’), and South Tripyramid (4100’). The latter peak is not considered an official 4,000 footer because there is not a sufficient change in altitude between its neighboring peak.

The Tripyramids are best known for their slides, exposed slabs of rock that are visible from long distances, offer great views while hiking, and make for a unique trail. It is the norm to climb all three peaks in a day.



Strenuous: The Tripyramids altitude and location belie the strenuous nature of an 11-mile loop that tags the summit of all three Tripyramids, for a book time of 11 hours on trail. The loop begins with the gentle and wide Livermore Trail. At 2.6 miles there is an intersection for the south end of Mount Tripyramid Trail. Most hikers continue on Livermore Trail for one additional mile to the north end of the Mount Tripyramid Trail. There, the real hiking begins, ascending a steep, rocky, and mostly exposed 1.2 miles to the summit of Mt. North Tripyramid. From this summit, the final 3.7 miles of the Mount Tripyramid trail tags the remaining two summits, descends another rocky slide below the south summit, and finally links back to the Livermore Trail at the southern end.

Please check out the weather report on the top of the mountain in the following link for Franconia Notch before attending this hike. This page will help prepare you for the weather conditions you will face and the type of clothing, footwear, and gear you will need. Check out this site and refresh for the correct date to check weather conditions: . Mt. Tripyramid is representative of the weather we will encounter.

Bring a windbreaker, sweater or fleece for the summit (yes it gets down to 40 degrees sometimes even in summer) at that elevation, an extra pair of hiking socks for stream walks, hiking boots, layers, warm jacket, rain jacket, two liters of water, lunch, snacks, first aid kit, trail map, and compass if you have one, smartphone trail gps apps are great if you can download them.


This is a one day trip with the sole purpose of hiking The Tripyramid loop beginning with The Livermore trail> Mt. Tripyramid Trail > Livermore trail. This is a VERY strenuous hike at 11 miles and approximately 11 hours to complete. At a minimum, we require that anyone signing up have a basic fitness level comparable to running 3 miles three times per week. The hike will be about 11 miles round trip and take an estimated 11 hours on the trail, including lunch. This trail is often busy with hikers and rated a 5 out of 5 in difficulty, meaning it can be very steep at times, you’ll be breathing in deeper and faster, and you’ll probably need to step up onto or over rocks, tree roots, and over and through streams, balance on logs, etc.


We will be hiking at a moderate to brisk pace, and we will want to keep all members together for the safety of all our hikers. So, cooperation to this end is important.

***Note: For safety, anyone in not wearing hiking boots or similar footwear (exceptions for very experienced hikers who have come before) and those not carrying water will not be allowed to carpool with the group Franconia Notch.


What You Need To Bring:

All summits are potentially hazardous due to high winds and unpredictable weather. Please bring appropriate provisions and hiking gear in preparation. Note it tends to be colder than average New England temperatures at the summit. Please be sure to bring the following:

Cost: Park day use fee: $5 per person

Hiking Equipment recommended by Hike Safe:


  • 3-4 Liters of Water (required)

  • hiking boots (required) Vibram 5-fingers or barefoot/light footwear are fine but keep in mind that trails are expected to be wet and potentially snowy/icy. Wet/ cold feet mean turning back to the car.

  • Sweater or Pile Jacket (required)

  • Long Pants (wool or synthetic)

  • Shorts- wicking only

  • T-shirt- wicking only

  • Bag lunch (we will be on a mountain and driving for 8-9 hours, so bring lunch and snacks)

  • extra socks (required)(a welcome treat for the feet at mid-hike, or if you inadvertently step in a stream or snow. They also double as mittens…)

  • Flashlight or Headlamp (required) Dark falls quickly below tree-line on this hike!

  • high energy lunch and snacks

  • winter jacket and shell

  • First Aid Kit/Repair Kit

  • Whistle

  • Rain/Wind Jacket & Pants

  • Pocket Knife

  • hiking poles

  • map

  • compass

Notice: Pets are not allowed on the mountain!

No Camping or Fires except at campgrounds!

Text/ call me at[masked] if for some reason you have trouble locating us.


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  • Shantanu

    I was so looking forward to this but cant do so now. Work comes up. :-/

    September 27, 2013

  • Joe P.

    I know I just signed up, but I won't make it. I forgot I had plans. But glad I am part of this community and hope to join you on a future hike

    September 27, 2013

  • Joe P.

    Hi I live In NH, can I meet you at the trail head?

    September 27, 2013

    • Emilie

      Hi Joe- yes, meet us at the trailhead. FYI, I expect a trailhead arrival time closer to 11 a.m. Text us beforehand to identify/ locate the correct trailhead.

      September 27, 2013

  • Shantanu

    One more question, do we meet at 7:45 or 5:45? Thanks.

    September 22, 2013

    • Emilie

      7:45 a.m. We are working on carpools. Know anyone who can drive?

      September 26, 2013

    • Emilie

      We have seats. See you in Porter sq!

      September 27, 2013

  • Shantanu

    Hi Emilie I will need to carpool as I don't drive. Thanks.

    September 22, 2013

  • Emilie

    Please post if you can carpool or if you need a ride for this event. Thank you!

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Damn! This sounds like so much fun, but I have sailing lessons at noon on the next 3 Saturdays,

    August 7, 2013

    • Emilie

      Good luck with Sailing lessons. Maybe next time I'll do one on a Sunday :)

      September 22, 2013

  • Natalia


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