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Mount Pierce
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Mount Pierce Information

Elevation: 4,310 feet (1,313.7 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 235 feet (71.6 meters)
Location: Carroll, NH (Coös County, New Hampshire, USA)
Range: Presidential Range
Coordinates: 44°13.56′North     71°21.96′West
Rating: How do the ratings work? Moderate/Difficult
Features: Alpine Zone What is an Alpine Zone?, Brooks, Cascades, Crawford Cliff, Peak Bagging What is Peak Bagging?, Mizpah Spring Hut, 360 Degree Views
Distance of highlighted hike below: 6.4 miles

Mount Pierce is a 4,310 foot mountain in the Presidential Range in Carroll, New Hampshire, Coös County in the White Mountains. It's summit offers 360 degree views of the New Hampshire mountains including Mount Washington. The shortest trail route to Mount Pierce's summit is up the Crawford Path. It was named in 1913 after President Franklin Pierce, the only president born in New Hampshire. (Formerly named Mount Clinton after the 19th Century Govenor DeWitt Clinton of New York. The newer name is not accepted by everyone.)

Many people choose to hike Mount Pierce and Mount Eisenhower on the same hike by making a loop, this is known as Peak-Bagging (also mountain bagging, hill bagging, summit to summit). It is a great way to cross multiple mountains off your list in one day, and not to mention have multiple views!

Mount Pierce, NH New Hampshire, Coos County, Hiking NH 4000 Footers
Photo taken from the summit of Mount Pierce on June 19, 2010. Mount Washington in the background.
Mount Pierce Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit

The map below shows how to get to the summit of Mount Pierce, as well as Mount Eisenhower.

Begin on the Crawford Connector Trail for 0.4 miles.You will come to a foot bridge over Gibbs Brook, where there are beautiful cascades to look at. Just after you cross the bridge, follow the signs vearing left/straight to begin the Crawford Path Trail up to the summit of Mount Pierce (going right will bring you to Route 302).

After 0.2 miles on the Crawford Path, you will see a sign on the left for Gibbs Fall. Follow the path for about 40 yards to see the amazing Gibbs Falls. Retrace your steps back the 40 yards to the Crawford Path to continue your hike up to the summit. After 1.3 miles, you will arrive at a junction where you will want to stay left (right will bring you to the Mizpah Cutoff). Continue on the Crawford Path for an additional 1.2 miles where you will reach a junction with the Webster Cliff Trail. Turn right on the Webster Cliff Trail, which is part of the Appalachian Trail. The summit of Mount Pierce is only 0.1 miles up.

To get back to your car...
retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

To continue hiking up to the Sumitt of Mount Eisenhower from Mount Pierce...

Descend 0.1 miles down the Webster Cliff Trail to get back onto the Crawford Path Trail by turning right. Follow for 1.2 miles until it meets up with the Eisenhower Loop. Bear left to follow the loop for 0.4 miles up to the summit of Mount Eisenhower. Here you will see its 360 degree fantastic views! To get back to your car from here, you can either retrace your steps back to Mount Pierce, then back down to the parking lot, or you can hike down the Edmand's Path. To take the Edmand's Path down, first continue along the Mount Eisenhower Loop Trail, descending Mount Eisenhower on the opposite side you climbed up. You will meet up with the Edmand's Path Trail in 0.4 miles. Turn left and follow for 2.9 miles where you will land at a parking lot (not where you parked though). You will need to walk on Mount Clinton Road by turning left for 2.3 miles. (It is a quiet scenic road walk. Not alot of traffic.)

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Mount Pierce Driving Directions

The shortest path up to the summit of Mount Pierce is by taking the Crawford Path, which begins on the Crawford Connector. The parking lot for this is located on Mount Clinton Road off Route 302 in Carroll, New Hampshire.

From the junction of Route 3 and Route 302 in Twin Mountain, New Hampshire, follow Route 302 East bound for 8.0 miles. Turn left onto Mount Clinton Road. If you are traveling from the East, Mount Clinton Road will be on the right hand side of the road .20 miles past the AMC Highland Center (or roughly 3.0 miles West of the Willey House Historical Site.) Take your first left on Mount Clinton Road into a parking lot. The Crawford Connector Trail begins at the far end of the parking lot (to the right of the toilets).

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