White Mountain National Forest: Mount Eisenhower and Mount Pierce

Check off two 4,000-footers and walk the nation's oldest continuously maintained trail on this 7.4-mile horseshoe route in the rugged Presidential Range.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 11.9



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Follow Edmands Path NE through corridor of beech and birch


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Cross wooden footbridge over Abenaki Brook, then head E


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Shady SE ascent follows Mt. Pleasant Brook past ferns and mossy rocks


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Walk NE on rocky path; views emerge around stunted conifers. Thirsty? In 400 ft., dump your city water for some filtered H2O from headwaters of Mt. Pleasant Brook


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R @ T onto Crawford Path. In 200 ft., bear R @ Y onto Eisenhower Loop Trail; ahead, woods transition to exposed slopes


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Mt. Eisenhower (4,760 ft.): Check out ridgelines from summit speckled with mountain avens, cinquefoil, alpine azalea. Next, begin S descent of grassy, rock-studded ridge. In .3 mi., straight @ 3-way onto Crawford Path


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Continue SW on Crawford Path, said to be oldest footpath in the U.S.


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Traverse windy saddle dotted with mini firs, hemlocks, red spruce. In 800 ft., L @ 3-way onto Webster Cliff Trail


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Mt. Pierce (4,312 ft.). hike’s second 4,000-footer (formerly Mt. Clinton). Retrace to Crawford Path; turn L


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Pass Mizpah Cutoff on L. Ahead, mild NW descent along Gibbs Brook


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Straight @ 4-way; continue S on ridge


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Bear L @ Y onto Eagles Crag. In .3 mi., turn L @ 3-way for hike to WPT 2; backtrack to trailhead