Ascent of Mount Eisenhower on 2022-10-15

Climber: Jason Rossman

Others in Party:Zach Salman
Date:Saturday, October 15, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Eisenhower
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4760 ft / 1450 m

Ascent Trip Report

My final peak to complete the Trailwrights 72 list. I finished the trail work requirement earlier this summer, so this was truly the completion of the list.

I did this hike with my buddy Zach who I've mostly done winter hikes with. I was a little concerned since he's never done a hike of more than 8 miles. But he does CrossFit, so I was hopeful that there wouldn't be any issues. The plan was to follow the AT from Rt 302 all the way to Edmands path, then summit Eisenhower from there. I have not hiked most of this section of the AT, so that was my secondary goal of the trip.

It was a perfect mid-October day. Cool, but not cold. Mostly sunny with scattered clouds and some low clouds in the valleys. Really couldn't have asked for a better day. Because it rained the day before, I brought my microspikes in case any ice had formed overnight, but there was none to be found. We started up Webster Cliff Trail from Rt 302. I knew this would probably be our slowest part of the day. We gained elevation right from the beginning, but the effort was worth it. About 1.8 miles in we came to our first outlook over the cliffs and the view was incredible. As we continued the climb up, the outlooks became more frequent which made the rest of the ascent fly by. We actually walked right over the summit of Webster and didn't realize it at first. We continued on to Jackson and took an extended break there. Zach was holding OK so far.

Next stop after Jackson was the Mizpah Hut which I was surprised to find was still fully open. A quick bathroom break and we continued on. We waited a little too long to leave as a huge group (many with jeans and sneakers) left just ahead of us. We were able to pass them before the junction with Crawford Path.

We arrived at Pierce and took a short break at the true summit, away from the crowd that had gathered just down the trail. The large group we had passed now passed us, but they joined the crowd at the outlook. We continued on towards our main goal of Eisenhower.

As we started ascending Eisenhower, Zach was feeling worse. Walking on flat ground was fine, but up or down was painful on his hip. We took very short breaks, continuing past the first junction with the Eisenhower loop trail. I hadn't hiked the section of Crawford Path below the summit, so the plan was to cover that ground and then ascend from the other side. I almost told Zach to go up the loop trail so he could summit sooner and I would come up the other side to meet him, but I knew that he would probably decline that offer. On one hand, I started feeling bad for inviting him out on this long hike, but on the other hand, I did warn him ahead of time what to expect. We continued taking very short, frequent breaks until we made it to the junction with Edmands Path. Here we took a longer break before our final ascent to the summit. Zach had brought up his left over pizza from dinner the night before. I'm usually not one for cold pizza, but I was more than happy that he offered me a slice and I was able to take some weight off his pack.

The final ascent up the loop trail was without issue and we were happy to make it to the top, especially Zach. It was his first time on this peak. The weather was perfect and it wasn't nearly as windy as the first time I was on top of Eisenhower. Some women who we had flip flopped with on the trail arrived at the summit from the other side of the loop. I asked them if they happen to have any ibuprofen for Zach after discovering I didn't have any in my med kit. Thankfully they did. After some pics, we finally began the last push back to the car.

About 30 minutes after Zach took the ibuprofen he started flying down the trail. That lasted about a mile, then he was back to his regular pace. The rest of the hike down was uneventful. We were happy to be back at the car after a successful trip!

START - 7:11AM
END - 3:31PM
11.88 miles

#72/Trailwrights 72
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:757 ft / 230 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2732 ft / 832 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:757 ft / 230 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Webster Cliff Tr, Crawford Path, Eisenhower Loop T
    Start Trailhead:4003 ft / 1220 m
    Time:59 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2732 ft / 832 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Route:Eisenhower Loop Tr, Edmands Path
    End Trailhead:2028 ft / 618 m
    Time:1 Hours 33 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Final Trailwrights

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Webster2022-10-152651 ft / 808 m
2Mount Jackson2022-10-15358 ft / 109 m
3Mount Pierce2022-10-15660 ft / 201 m
4Mount Eisenhower2022-10-15757 ft / 231 m
Total Trip Gain: 4426 ft / 1349 m    Total Trip Loss: 3657 ft / 1116 m
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