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Mount Pierce Information

Elevation: 4,310 feet (1,314 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 235 feet (72 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
Features: Alpine Zone What is an Alpine Zone?, Brooks, Gibbs Falls, Crawford Cliff,
Peak Bagging What is Peak Bagging?, Mizpah Spring Hut, 360 Degree Views
Distance of highlighted hike below: 6.2 miles

Mount Pierce (Formerly named Mount Pleasant) is a 4,780 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. It was named after President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The two most common routes to Mount Eisenhower's summit are the Crawford Path and Edmand's Path, both beginning on Mount Clinton Road (in different parking lots).

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!

For peak-baggers:
Mount Eisenhower is 1.6 miles from the summit of Mount Pierce
Mount Jackson is 2.6 miles from the summit of Mount Pierce
Mount Franklin is roughly 3 miles from the summit of Mount Pierce
Mount Monroe is 3.7 miles from the summit of Mount Pierce

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Cairn at the top of Mount Pierce on June 19, 2010, overlooking Mount Washington.
Mount Pierce Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit of Mount Pierce.

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 veering right/straight to begin the Crawford Path Trail. Follow this trail for 1.5 miles until you reach a junction with the Mizpah Cut-Off Trail. (You can go visit the Mizpah Spring Hut by taking this trail for 0.7 miles.) Stay left to continue onto the Crawford Path Trail for 1.2 miles, where you will turn left to reach the summit of Mount Pierce.

You can choose to hike over to Mount Eisenhower from the summit of Mount Pierce by hiking 1.5 more miles on the Crawford Path. (After 1.2 miles you will see a junction where you will go left up to the summit of Eisenhower, and right is to stay on the Crawford Path.) To get back to the parking lot, you can either retrace your steps the way you came up, or take the Edmand's Path down to the Edmand's Parking lot, and walk along Mount Clinton Road for 2.3 miles to the Crawford Connector Parking Lot.

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Mount Pierce Photos Top

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Lot of hikers on Mount Pierce on June 19, 2010, overlooking Mount Washington.


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Photo taken from Mount Pierce looking at Mount Eisenhower and Mount Washington in the way back.
Photo taken by hiker Matt Thompson. Photo taken June 19, 2014.

Mount Pierce Driving Directions Top

Both parking lots for this hike are located on Mount Clinton Road off Route 302 in Carroll, New Hampshire.

To the Crawford Connector parking lot
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).

To the Edmand's Path parking lot
From the Crawford Connector parking lot (directions above) continue down Mount Clinton Road for 2.3 miles until you reach a parking lot on the right.

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