Mount Pierce, Carroll, NH

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Summary

Mount Pierce is located in the southern end of Presidential range. The summit, located just above tree line offers stunning views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range. This peak is a favorite destination for winter hikers.

From Interstate 93, take Exit 35 to Route 3 North.

In about 9 miles, you’ll pass through the town of Twin Mountain. Take a right on to Route 302 East.

Be sure to stop at this scenic overlook across from the Mount Washington Hotel to take in this stunning view of the Presidential range.

In about 8 miles, make a left on Mount Clinton Road, then an immediate left into the trailhead parking lot. A pit toilet is located at the far end of the parking lot.

The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center is about 1000 feet east of the parking area on Route 302. This a great opportunity to get information, a trail map, a meal, or even pickup a last minute piece of gear or clothing.

The trailhead parking lot is paved and costs $3 per day. A self-service kiosk is located near the entrance of the parking area. Many hikers buy the annual White Mountain National Forest parking pass for $20.

The Crawford Connector trail starts at the far end of the parking lot near the pit toilets. The trail is marked with blue blazes.

In 4-tenths of a mile, you will encounter a spur trail to Crawford Cliff. Keep going straight. Cross the foot bridge and turn left on to the Crawford Path, the oldest continuously used mountain trail in the United States.

A short spur trail of perhaps 50 to 100 feet in length leads to Gibbs Falls.

In 1.5 miles you will reach the junction of the Mizpah Cutoff Trail. Stay left to continue on the Crawford Path.

In 1.2 miles you break out of the tree line near the junction of the Webster Cliff Trail. This is a good place to stop and add additional layers. A windproof shell is essential on most days, as this area is very exposed.

Turn right on the Webster Cliff Trail and climb about one-tenth of a mile to the summit. The elevation here is four thousand three hundred fifteen feet. The views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential range are absolutely stunning.

To return we retrace your steps, descending on the Webster Cliff Trail then turning left on the Crawford Path. Continue past the junction of the Mizpah Cutoff Trail. Turn right and cross the foot bridge onto the Crawford Connector, returning to the parking lot.

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Important Safety Information

The information provided is based on observations made on the day I shot the video and my recollections of previous visits to this area. Please be aware; New England weather can change very quickly. Also, trails may be closed or re-routed. The information provided here is made without warranty to completeness and/or accuracy. You and you alone are responsible for your safety whenever you venture outdoors. This includes but is not limited to having proper, clothing, equipment, provisions, physical fitness, experience and sound judgement. Learn more about hiking safely at www.hikesafe.com

 

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