Pierce and Eisenhower

Hiked Pierce and Eisenhower on February 27, 2015. These were peaks 549 and 550 for “The Grid over 60”. Mike Lynch joined me on this hike. It was 1 degree as we started out and it wasn’t supposed to get much warmer during the day with maybe winds in the 30-40 MPH range with higher gusts. Fortunately that didn’t happen and the winds weren’t much more than 20-30 as we were returning from Eisenhower to Pierce. The trail up to Pierce was in great shape, all packed down and no obvious damage from bare booters. There is a lot of snow in the woods and clinging to the trees.

Crawford Path on the way to Pierce
Crawford Path on the way to Pierce
Mike holding back a heavily laden tree
Mike holding back a heavily laden tree

As we approached the turn to ascend Pierce on the Webster Cliff Trail there were some very large drifts that had taken over the trail but we managed to make our way through them.

View of the Presidentials from Pierce
View of the Presidentials from Pierce

The Crawford Path over to Eisenhower only had one set of tracks and was heavily drifted in some sections and blown completely clear in other sections.

The almost buried sign at the Eisenhower Loop junction
The almost buried sign at the Eisenhower Loop junction

We made short work of climbing to the summit of Eisenhower as the trail was in good shape and the winds not as strong as we anticipated.

Looking toward Franconia Ridge from Eisenhower
Looking toward Franconia Ridge from Eisenhower

After leaving the summit we found a place in the sun that was out of the wind where we ate out PBJs. Once finished with lunch we headed back to Pierce only to find that some bare booters had started over and turned back but left the trail pretty well chewed up with some significant holes. Only 26 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”. There won’t be any posts in March or April as I have already done all the peaks in those months, see you in June.

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