Today seemed like a good day to add presidentials to my 48 peak list. The weather was cold but no storms or great winds predicted. I arrived at the Edmand’s Path trailhead off Clinton Rd at 6:45am to drop off my mountain bike and head to the Highland Center to start my solo hike on the Crawford Path. I started out just after 7am yet behind another hiker whose tracks I followed. The upper half of the Crawford Trail required microspikes due to steep sections covered with ice. I caught up with my fellow hiker in time for her to take a picture of me at the summit of Mount Pierce via Webster Cliff Trail. I continued on Crawford Trail toward Mount Eisenhower and took the Mount Eisenhower Loop to the summit. Onward from there to the Mount Monroe Loop trail, up a steep set of boulders to Mount Monroe. From there I backtracked to Edmand’s Path where I returned to my bike and rode the 2.9 miles back to the Highland Center. It was a day to keep moving, winds at the peaks at 25 MPH, wind chill -17 degrees. I hiked 12+ miles plus 3 mile return on mountain bike; returned 2PM, 7 hours.
UPDATE: As it happens, I did not make it to the peak of Mt Monroe. The visibility was low due to snow and cloud cover and though I reached a huge cairn it was not the peak! I discovered this after loading my gps data back home – the last image here.
Peak of Mount Pierce with Eisenhower in the Background
Rocky Climb to Mount Monroe
Mount Monroe (almost), Wind Chill is – 17F
View of Presidentials After Hiking – Eisenhower Far Right