This hike provides an amazing view of Mount Washington, and the trailhead is right across the street from the Highland Center!

The hike begins right across from the AMC Highland Center, which is great because you can utilize their spacious parking lot! Once you locate the trailhead, the elevation begins almost immediately. Begin on the Crawford Connector Trail for 0.4 miles.You will come to a foot bridge over Gibbs Brook, where there are beautiful cascades to look at. Just after you cross the bridge, follow the signs veering right/straight to begin the Crawford Path Trail. Follow this trail for 1.5 miles until you reach a junction with the Mizpah Cut-Off Trail. (You can go visit the Mizpah Spring Hut by taking this trail for 0.7 miles.) Stay left to continue onto the Crawford Path Trail for 1.2 miles, where you will turn left to reach the summit of Mount Pierce!The majority of the hike is in the trees, which in the summer would have been a little disappointing, but in the winter it was absolutely magical! We also came across some gray jays in the alpine zone. If you've ever wanted to have a bird in your hand, now is your chance! We didn't end up using our snowshoes because the trail was so packed down, but we had an exceptionally nice day. I would recommend having those or crampons for this hike normally. The Highland Center has food and cozy spots to warm up when you finish!

Pack List

  • Snowshoes/crampons (if doing in winter)
  • Warm layers (base layers on top and bottom, active wear, down coat, etc- it was 6 degrees the day we did it).
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Plenty of water and snacks!
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RT Distance 6.4 Miles
Elevation Gain 2500 Feet
Activities Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Winter
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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