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Hiking Mount Pierce – NH’s Southern Presidentials


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Mount Pierce is one of the best introductory 4,000 footers in NH. It features unreal views of Mount Washington and the Presidentials, it is located in the gorgeous Crawford Notch, and can be completed in less than a half day at 6 miles round trip.

Height: 4,310 feet (1,317 meters)
Distance: 6 miles (9.66 k m)
Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet (732 meters)
Difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 4-5 hours


Trail Map

Mount Pierce Trail Map

Map Courtesy of hikenewengland.com



There are a few different common ways to summit Mount Pierce. When summiting without other peaks, Crawford Path is the most common and shortest route.


Crawford Path – 6 miles – 2,400 feet elevation gain.

This is the shortest route up Mount Pierce. There are two options for parking, at the Crawford Connector Parking lot on Mount Clinton Road, or at the Crawford Path trailhead just on the north end of Saco lake. There is little difference between the two, so the decision us usually based on the parking available. This route features a gradual ascent nearly the entire way up the mountain. This is a fantastic trail in all four seasons.


Webster Jackson Trail

This route is a little longer, and features more elevation gain. This is normally done when hikers are summiting Mount Jackson and or Webster in conjunction with Pierce.


Edmands Path

This route is a fantastic way to summit both Eisenhower and Pierce. The trailhead is further up Mount Clinton Road, and is closed during the winter months. Between the Crawford Connector parking lot, and Edmands path is 2.3 miles if you choose to hike it.


Winter Hiking

Mount Pierce is one of the best winter hikes due to the gradual gain, stunning views, and the fact that hikers are only exposed to the elements at the very summit when coming from Crawford Path. There are few steep sections, making it a safe and enjoyable winter hike for beginners.

Mount Pierce Panorama



Directions to Crawford Connector Parking Lot. Edmands path is only 2.3 miles further down Mount Clinton Road, and hikers can also park by Saco Lake at the parking areas and train station.

Weather Forecast

Bartlett, NH



Crawford Path Trail

Trail Sign at Crawford Connector Parking Lot

Crawford Connector Parking Lot

Crawford Connector Parking Lot

Mount Pierce Snow Covered Trees Crawford Path Sign - Mount Pierce

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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