Eisenhower – Trip Report

Location: Edmands Path / Eisenhower Loop
Date: 06/21/2014
Start/Finish Time: 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Total miles: 7.1 Miles
Weather: Cloudy and windy
Comments: Abby, Patton and I made our way out of the house around 7 Saturday morning in hopes of making it to Dry River campground in time to get a site, we did not make it. The place was full and it was already around 10. It would have been nice to get hiking earlier but Crawford notch was packed. No worries, I made my way to Sugar loaf just outside of the Zealand area where we were able to get a site for the day. Set up camp and lets get hiking. Away we were down the road leading to the Cog railway and Mount Clinton road. Soon I was surprised to see the full parking lot at the Edmands path. I guess I just need to realize it is summer now and more folks are getting on the tails.

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It was looking to be a great day. We were on the trails and it was very nice out. Towards the top tough it did pick up a bit on the winds and I knew it would be colder up top, I also received many warnings from passing hikers about this. Hiking a mountain like Eisenhower can be hard work, and it is difficult to know just how the weather will be so go prepared with extra layers and wind proof gear. Abby and I both had these layers and we stayed warm as we made our way for the summit.

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Once on the top Abby and I wanted to have lunch. The summit did not seem like a good place for that so we made our way down towards Pierce and found a place under cover slightly off trail to have lunch. We then made our way around the summit of Eisenhower on the loop path which was one that I had not taken yet. We had a some great conversations on the trail and eventually made our way down.

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I had packed some homemade hamburger patties with fresh herbs from our garden and we were hungry. We had a wonderful dinner and some Tuckerman’s Pale ale’s by the fire, just remember to grab them at home next time. They will charge you top dollar for them in Bretton Woods. Killer day with a wonderful end. Time to sleep and do it all again tomorrow.

Dog Notes: This time of year there are a lot of dogs on the trails. Please help me in setting a good example by keeping your dog on a leash as much as possible. I feel as though there are few exceptions for this rule, but I suppose if you have a very good control of your dog then you can omit this suggestion. I just feel as though with all the people and their dogs it is a lot more likely to have an accident. Don’t let your dog cause an accident.

Difficulty: 6/10 Pretty strait and to the point
View Rating: 8/10 Great day to see it all out there. Here are the rest of the photos.

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