Archive for January 2013

Mt Pierce and Mt Eisenhower
John Moores, Steve Bussolari, Fred Knight

Full Report here and Steve’s report here.


Our original plan was to make a second attempt (see first attempt here) at going up Ammonoosuc Trail to Mt Monroe, then across to Eisenhower and down Crawford Path to Crawford Notch. However, the predicted high winds made us decide to go the other way and determine if the ridge was hikable when we reached Mt Eisenhower. Then Fred and John were late getting to the start, so we just left both cars at Crawford Notch and headed up Crawford Path, starting at a definitely non-alpine 9am. The hike turned out to be a longer version of Steve Sawyer’s and my hike two weeks ago. And here’s a travelog, a somewhat longish movie of the entire hike.

Summary: 10.1 miles to Mt Pierce and over and around Mt Eisenhower, 2900′ elevation gain, 7 hrs (book time!). Microspikes and snowshoes on well-packed trail; predicted wind never came but temperature was decreasing in the pm. A fun hike; wish we could have done the entire planned hike but the circumstances precluded it.

–Fred (aka tarpman)

Cannon Mt and Lonesome Lake
Lea Johnson, Matt Hansen, Fred Knight

Full Report here

See Matt’s pics in their full glory here.


We estimated a short day, so we slept in and left from Forbes Road when the sun was ready to peak up. Arriving at Lafayette Campground at 8:45, we took off at a little before 9—definitely not an alpine start. A short bit up the Lonesome Lake Trail, we took off up Hi-Cannon. It appeared to be raining, but as the drops got bigger, we realized that the rain was actually melting ice dripping off the trees. We met two other guys later on the ascent, and they were wetter than we were. And, for a taste, look at this movie.Panorama.

Summary: ~6 miles to Cannon Mt and Lonesome Lake, 2200′ elevation gain, 6 hrs (over book time!). Microspikes on well-packed trail; always below treeline.

–Fred (aka tarpman)

Eisenhower, Steve Sawyer and Fred Knight, 2013-01-05


The wind forecast went up and down on Friday but, by Saturday morning, was predicting lots of wind in the Presidentials. The associated clearing was still in the forecast, so we went for the planned ascent of Mt Eisenhower—and the forecasts rang true. The conditions was great: temps in the 20s, well-packed trail all the way, partial clearing to see most of the peaks, views throughout, bearable wind, and some friendly interactions with fellow hikers. And, for a taste, look at this movie.

Round trip was about book time of 6.5 hrs. See pics in the

Full Report here.


Steve brought his new Nokia smartphone, which faired well until stopping due to the cold, and he took some great shots, the first six below. My Panasonic Lumix did fine as usual. As to gear, we came well prepared. We used micropikes on the lower trail and snowshoes for the upper reaches. Even on the mostly bare summit the snowshoes did well. There were only a few drifts as we went in and out of treeline on the ridge. I put on all my layers for the summit. Steve’s wrap-around scarfs did quite well. Goggles were sooo necessary; only one other hiker of the ~10 we met did not have them. Our lunch break on the way down had a great vista:Panorama.

Panorama near treeline: Mt Pierce, Mt Thom to west, Cabot Range to the north, and Mt Eisenhower, our destination.
Click once to get full field; click again to
get higher resolution and pan across image.

The trail was perfect: packed throughout and well below the surrounding snow of up to 3′ depth. (Steve took official measurements using his poles periodically.) We got to the Mt Pierce junction in about 2 hours. The ascent starts with break outs from the trees where the wind was howling. At the worst spot, I balked. We turned around. I had second thoughts, donned another outer layer of my parka, and we made it to the summit by about noon (3.5 hrs). Other hikers, except one trio, all made it as well. We ate lunch back in the trees. Then we did the 0.1-mile excursion to Mt Pierce and returned to Crawford Path, which made an easy descent, part with snowshoes and then with microspikes. We reached the parking lot just before 3pm.

Summary: 9.2 miles to Mt Eisenhower and Mt Pierce, 3700′ elevation gain, 6.5 hrs (book time!), Microspikes and snowshoes on well-packed trail with lots of wind above treeline.