Added by Danielle Tourigny
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!
- 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
- Plenty of water and snacks!
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
Hiking, Photography, Snowshoeing
Are we missing something?Suggest an edit
ReviewsLeave a Review
Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!
More Adventures Nearby
Hike to the Oak Hill Fire Tower
New Hampshire / Shaker Road Parking Area
Climbing to the Fire Tower on Oak Hill is a great urban adventure, short enough for a lunch break trail run or a morning hike with the family.
Hike Artists Bluff
New Hampshire / Artists Bluff Trail
Starting from the Bald Mountain trailhead, the Artists Bluff trail takes you up a short but steep 1.5 mile path to a beautiful rocky overlook of Franconia Notch State Park.