Ascent of Mount Pierce-South Peak on 2010-05-01

Climber: Gokul Gopal

Date:Saturday, May 1, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Pierce-South Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4185 ft / 1275 m

Ascent Trip Report

Solo trip; late start (10:30am) from Crawford Connector trailhead. Followed Crawford Path up to Mizpah Cutoff, then lost the trail due to blowdowns and a foot of fresh snow. Bushwhacked up to meet the Webster-Cliff Tr at the South Peak of Pierce, but lost the trail again and bushwhacked to Pierce. Trail from Pierce to Ike was well-marked with cairns and easy to follow.

Along this section, I met four groups of people, all heading back down after giving up somewhere beyond the Mizpah Cutoff junction. The first was Rich (fellow AMC hiker) who was headed to Jackson, but lost the trail shortly after the AT junction on the other end of the Mizpah Cutoff. Next up were a father and daughter who lost the Crawford Path above the cutoff, followed some bushwhack tracks that only circled back onto themselves. The third was an AMC trail maintenance person (who I've seen on the trails before) - he followed another set of trails and turned back when it got into tough bushwhack territory. The fourth group left the trailhead nearly the same time as I. We went up together from the cutoff, but they eventually turned around shortly after the South Peak, at the hardest part of of the bushwhack.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2500 ft / 762 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2500 ft / 762 m
    Route:Crawford Connector, Crawford Path, bushwhack
    Trailhead:1685 ft / 513 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Pierce-Eisenhower

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Mount Pierce2010-05-01 d
 Mount Pierce-South Peak2010-05-01 e
1Mount Pierce-South Peak2010-05-01 a
2Mount Pierce2010-05-01 b
3Mount Eisenhower2010-05-01 c

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