Sunday, December 30, 2018

Return to Pierce and Eisenhower

Today we hiked to Mts Pierce and Eisenhower via the Crawford Path. It was interesting to return to both summits in the winter, having been to both in late summer as part of the Presidential Traverse. It was a classic winter hike with a firm monorail the entire way which was easily navigated with microspikes. The distance was 10 miles which we completed in 5 hours, which is much faster than we can do in the summer. Hiking the White Mountains is definitely easier when all the rocks and roots are covered in snow.

The good weather attracted many hikers and it was busy on the trail. We met some really nice people, including some four-legged hikers. Temperatures were warmer than expected and the winds very light so we were able to spend time on both summits.

We were back to the Highland Center by 2:30pm and were able to finish our lunch and relax by the fire before heading to pick up our friend Mesa who spend the day at Karla's Pet Redevous.

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