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
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.
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.
To Edmands Path Trailhead:
To Crawford Path Trailhead:
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.
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