Ascent of Mount Pierce on 2010-03-27

Climber: Tony Rachupka

Others in Party:Anne
Date:Saturday, March 27, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Pierce
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4310 ft / 1313 m

Ascent Trip Report

The weather forecast suggested we would have super-clear skies so our trip to Waumbek changed into a trip to the Southern Presis. Myself, Anne, Tish and Kae were the group for the day. I’ve wanted to take Anne up to Pierce for a while and this seemed an ideal time to do so. We had fantastic views of Mt. Washington and all the peaks on the drive in so we knew were in for a fantastic day.

We hit the trail around 10am and found a well-established snowshoe track as expected. We wore our snowshoes but were one of the only groups to do so. They were most useful near the summit. Trail was hard packed and solid. Microspikes at the very least were needed. Gibbs Falls was frozen and pretty. When we hit the junction for the Mizpah Cutoff we dropped our packs for a break. We found some gray jays here and fed them some Chex Mix. They were huge fans. I had seen the jays before but had never fed them before. They sure beat the crap out of the pigeons I see in Boston. We all took turns and took pictures with our new jay friends. Smart birds!

After the break we pushed onto the summit. I had been up Pierce once before but did so by headlamp in the early morning so it was cool to see things in daylight and in winter conditions. At some point the snowshoe track diverts from the Crawford Path and bushwhacks straight up to the summit. As a result it is slow going with a lot of branches ready to hit you in the face. The summit had views 360 degrees around, raised quite a bit with the snow cover. The views were stunning and I am thrilled we did this hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2400 ft / 731 m
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2400 ft / 731 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Start Trailhead:1910 ft / 582 m
Descent Statistics

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