Hiking Mount Eisenhower – NH’s Presidential Range

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Mount Eisenhower is NH’s twelfth highest peak and sits at the southern end of the Presidential Traverse. It lies between Mount Pierce and Mount Franklin, and features one of the most unique dome summits in NH. 360 degree views across the very large 6 acre summit leave hikers with a large amount of space to roam around the summit.

Elevation: 4,760 feet (1,451 m)

Mileage: 6.6 miles

Range: Southern Presidential Range

Elevation Gain: 2,750 feet

Duration: 3-6 Hours

Trail Map

Mount Eisenhower Trail Map

Trails

Edmands Path – 6.6 miles round trip – 2,750 feet elevation gain

Edmands path begins on Mount Clinton road (directions below) and features the quickest and least elevation gain up to the summit. This is the best path if you are looking to quickly summit just Eisenhower, and avoid the other nearby peaks.

Crawford Path – 9.4 miles round trip – 3,200 feet elevation gain

This trail begins right across from the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch. This is a longer path, and you can add in another .4 miles to summit Mount Pierce, as well as pass the very cool Mizpa Spring AMC Hut. You can access the trailhead from Route 302, or from the Crawford Connector Trailhead on Mount Clinton Road.

Mount Eisenhower

Photo by @laxfreak548

Parking

There are many parking lots in Crawford Notch that will work for the Crawford Path Route. The closes would be at Saco Lake. The Edmands Path route has a parking lot at the trailhead.

Directions

To Edmands Path Trailhead:

To Crawford Path Trailhead:

Nearby Hikes

Crawford Notch has access to a plethora of nearby hikes with all sorts of attributes. The short distance cliffs of Mount Willard, nearby presidential peaks like Mount Jackson and Mount Webster, and even waterfall hikes with Arethusa & Ripley Falls. If you are looking for a hike that prepares you for a lot of the 4,000 footers, but is slightly easier, try the nearby Mount Crawford.

Weather Forecast

Bartlett, NH

Today
Mostly sunny, with a high near 26. West wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Tonight
A slight chance of snow showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy. Low around 22, with temperatures rising to around 28 overnight. Southwest wind 20 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday
A chance of snow showers before 7am, then a chance of snow and a slight chance of freezing rain between 7am and 8am, then a slight chance of freezing rain and rain and snow. Cloudy, with a high near 38. Southwest wind 35 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 65 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Saturday Night
Rain likely before 7pm, then a chance of snow between 7pm and 8pm, then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. Wind chill values as low as -3. West wind 40 to 45 mph, with gusts as high as 75 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 20. West wind 20 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.

Monday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 27.

Eisenhower Summit Cairn

Photo by @laxfreak548

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about

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