Join us for an early December hike to Mt. Pierce (4,312 feet) in the Presidential Range. Mt. Pierce, formerly known as Mt. Clinton, is one of the 48 4k peaks in the Southern Presidentials. Formerly called Mount Clinton for governor DeWitt Clinton of New York, it was renamed after President Franklin Pierce, the only president born in New Hampshire. We will hike the Crawford Path, which, originally created in 1819, is the oldest maintained hiking trail in the country. We will climb 2,714 feet of elevation gain over approximately 6-6.5 miles, over rocky terrain, through lush and mossy forest, and into the alpine zone. Above treeline, the summit of Mt. Pierce offers spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and mountains, including Mt. Washington. High winds are typical in the winter. Full Winter gear and previous experience of hiking above treeline in Winter are required. Pretzel, the hiking dog, will be joining us. This hike can be combined with the Saturday trip to the Hancocks. Contact Joe about accommodations ($9/person/night) at leader owned facility.
Joe is one of the Boston Chapter's most experienced and active trip leaders - his summit visits number in the quadruple digits. Included among the many outings he leads each year for the Chapter's Hiking/Backpacking Committee are the single-day Presidential Range traverse on the summer solstice, and the Map & Compass course in the fall.
Mary loves to hike, bike, and paddle.