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

Trails

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

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

Today
Partly sunny, with a high near 28. Northwest wind around 20 mph.

Tonight
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. Northwest wind 15 to 20 mph.

Wednesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 33. West wind 15 to 20 mph.

Wednesday Night
Isolated snow showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. West wind 20 to 35 mph.

Thursday
Isolated snow showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Northwest wind 15 to 30 mph. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Thursday Night
Snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Friday
Snow likely before 4pm, then isolated snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 22. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Pictures

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 creator of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and sharing his experiences. Max is a published author for various outdoor websites, and digital marketing websites. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about

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