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Mounts Pierce and Eisenhower Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Mount Pierce is ranked twenty-seventh among the forty-eight 4000- footers in New Hampshire. It is an excellent inaugural “Presidential ” hike for both people and dogs. The footing is relatively good the whole way (no boulder-hopping). Its summit offers a spectacular view of the Presidential Range to the north. Although in the alpine zone, it is less exposed."
--Lisa Densmore, Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont (The Mountaineers Books).
This was a nice trail hike and one that was not difficult as the trails.com description says. The hike up had moderate gain with some steeper sections all on rocky path. No boulders up Pierce. There was water towards the beginning of the path with Gibbs Falls. If you bring some shoes it has a nice pool to dip in at the end. Pierce summit is not large. But has a nice view. The hike over to Eisenhower is a nice 1.6 mi walk over the Ridge. The view from Ike is amazing. It is starting to get to be a little chilly up at the top though. It was 40-43 degrees on the two tops. Time to bring the fleece. For Wyler it was an easier hike as well. The cool weather also was nice so it did not drain him. I probably did not need to bring as much water for him since on Pierce there were little streams most of the way up from which he can drink. Enjoy it if you go. The round-trip took 5 hrs with a rest at Pierce and Ike.
Nice trek. Took me 6.5 hours counting about 1/2 hour total for rest and eating breaks. I made one small change to the loop accidentally. On the way to Mt. Pierce, somehow I missed the sign to continue onward on the Crawford Path and ended up at the hut (maybe it was the ballcap and "head down watch my step approach"). No big deal. It's right at the same distance and was a nice diversion. On this particular day there were no views from Mt. Eisenhower to be had but the temps were mild (started and finished in shorts) and it wasn't windy at all. There was quite a bit of mud and streams but with the right steps on rocks (only one misstep) much of it could be avoided. I wouldn't consider this hike particularly strenuous but rather, moderate. The hike back down was particularly gentle on my knees for which I was thankful.
Very easy grade with a couple of short steep areas to get your blood flowing. Not much of a view from Mt. Pierce but some great views along the ridge and on top of Mt. Eisenhower. The ridge can be very windy and cold even on a hot summer day. Be sure to pack a warm jacket/wind breaker.
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