Mileage: 7.9 miles traverse
Elevation gain: 2,830'
Trailhead: Edmands Path trailhead is located on Clinton Road, 2.3 miles from Route 302 (near AMC Highland Center). Crawford Path trailhead (where your hike will end) is right across the street from AMC Highland Center. Please park at Crawford Depot.
Lesson learned: It's a small world!
The plan was to hike North and South Weeks on this day but as was the case last weekend, things changed. We were hiking with our friends Sandy and Joe and after doing Peak Above the Nubble I wanted some serious fun and viewage for our Memorial Day weekend hike. This hike did not disappoint.
It was cool but warming up fast when we parked one car on Route 302, and climbed into the second car for the trailhead for Edmands Path (no fee was required here today). Sandy and Joe had not done Edmands Path before. Sandy bagged Eisenhower and Pierce during a Presi hike years ago, and this was to be Joe's 34th and 35th NH 4k so they were excited. We were happy to revisit this hike, we remembered our 2008 visit fondly (see previous report).
The route started out uneventful - there was one log that was across the path - just high enough - that everyone had to straddle to get over and it was pretty worn in one spot - I put out of my mind how many others had to straddle before me - ew!
The day was blue, warm and sweet and soon we were gaining elevation.
|The path starts off gradual but steepens, as we knew it would.|
|View from an overlook - here the trail steepened.|
|The upper portion of Edmands Path skirts the side of the mountain.|
|Mt. Eisenhower summit|
|Look closely for steps - lower left is a tiny one, a larger one in the middle.|
|Joe celebrating #35 on the summit of Mt. Pierce|
|This is the entrance to the Crawford Path by the Highland Center, and where our hike ended.|