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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

Overnight
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 53. Northwest wind 15 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Northwest wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Northwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

Monday
A chance of rain showers after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday Night
A chance of rain showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Eisenhower Summit Cairn

Photo by @laxfreak548

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, backcountry skier, 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. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued climbed all of the Colorado 14ers, is always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about

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