Ascent of Mount Eisenhower on 2014-06-21

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Saturday, June 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Eisenhower
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4760 ft / 1450 m

Ascent Trip Report

After three previous failed attempts, I finally bagged Mt. Eisenhower on my fourth attempt! This was #36 on the NH 4K list for me.

My Dad and I set out on the Edmands Path at 7:50 AM. It started out with a nearly level grade, crossing a brook in the early going. After a series of blowndown trees, the grade increased slightly, but it wasn't steep by any means. Soon after, the grade became moderate but still stayed in the woods without much for views. At 2.2 miles, we crossed Mt. Pleasant Brook and climbed over some ledges (this was where I turned back on my third attempt), then the trail became almost level again and eventually emerged out of the trees and onto the open upper slopes of Eisenhower, which had excellent views. At 2.9 miles, we turned right onto the Mt. Eisenhower Loop, which made an easy to moderate ascent over rocks and ledges to the summit.

The summit was very crowded, so we didn't linger long. Instead of sticking around, we chose to spice things up a bit and head down the other end of the Mt. Eisenhower Loop to the Crawford Path, which we took back to the Edmands Path; we would take this trail back to the parking lot. When we got back, there was about 50-60 cars parked in the lot and on the street, which explained why it was so crowded up there.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2850 ft / 868 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2850 ft / 868 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.1 mi / 11.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2750 ft / 838 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:Edmands Path, Mt. Eisenhower Loop
    Start Trailhead:Mt. Clinton Rd.  2010 ft / 612 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2850 ft / 868 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2750 ft / 838 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Mt. Eisenhower Loop, Crawford Path, Edmands Path
    End Trailhead:Mt. Clinton Rd.  2010 ft / 612 m

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