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)