Mount Pierce & Eisenhower (#47, #48)

Date of Hike: 2/23/11

Crawford Path / Mount Eisenhower Loop: 9.4 (elevation gain 3,250)
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Trip Report:
- With clear skies forecast for Wednesday it was the perfect opportunity to head up to the White Mountains and finish off the Winter 48 - 4,000 footers!
- On trail at 7am, Pierce summit 8:20am, Eisenhower summit 9:10am, finished 10:20am.  Temps at trailhead -10 degrees, temps when done 20 degrees, temps while hiking single digits, W/NW winds from 20-35 mph, clear skies 100 miles plus visibility.
- The Crawford Path has easy to moderate grades and in the winter when well packed you can really book it up the trail to treeline.  Even with the low temps I was able to heat up really fast and once reaching the Alpine Zone I decided to put on dry layers and get out my snowboard goggles in anticipation for the wind.
- The wind was pretty rough at the Webster Cliff / Crawford Path Trail Junction, but I made the turn and headed up a few hundred yards to Mount Pierce's summit, took a couple of pic and dropped back down and headed north on the Crawford Path.
- Within five minutes I changed from my microspikes into snowshoes to make navigating through the minor snow drifts easier. 
- The hike over to the Mount Eisenhower Loop Trail went quickly as the wind would kick up here and there. I was battling minor fogging/icing on my goggles and making sure my neck warmer didn't freeze up solid but I was warm so everything was good to go!
- The hike up the loop trail was easier as I was sheltered from the wind until reaching Mount Eisenhower's summit.
- At the summit I took a few pics but the wind was whipping pretty good so I couldn't really enjoy the moment until I descended and took a break out of the wind.
- The wind was dying down (a little) as I headed back towards Mount Pierce but it gave me one last beating as I approached the Webster Cliff Trail Junction.  From here I jogged the 3.1 miles down the Crawford Path back to the car.  I passed six hikers and one dog all having a blast hiking up into the blue skies to enjoy the great views that lay ahead.
-  It was a real quick hike but I enjoyed every second of it and am thrilled to have been able to complete the winter 48!

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 Mount Eisenhower, Monroe, and Washington
from Webster Cliff Trail
 Mount Eisenhower Summit
 Mount Pierce and Willey from
Mount Eisenhower Loop Trail
Mount Pierce and Jackson from
Crawford Path