Duration: 5.5 hours including breaks
Elevation Gain: 3,200 feet
|View to the north of the Presidential Range from an outlook at the Crawford Path/Webster Cliff Tr junction|
Yesterday, we wrapped up an interesting January with a fantastic hike with some of the usual suspects and our new trail friend, Matt, who was celebrating a weekday birthday. It was also a special hike for Ms Eva, who will wrap up her career with 6 NH4K's, as we are driving her to her new home in PA this weekend!
Our happy crew:
Since I've already reviewed this one before and the snow only served to make it easier (and more magical), I'll keep this one short and simply aim to encourage folks to do it themselves!
We began at the Crawford Connector at 9:00 and made good time chugging along after the dogs. The trail is in perfect condition and Hannah was able to bare boot most of the hike. Choosing to go in the opposite direction, I donned my Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro's. I was lucky enough to snag them on a Facebook gear page for a respectable discount and thought it would be a good day to test out what I affectionately call my "baby crampons." ("Baby" crampons can and will (read: did) shear clothes like legit ones!)
|Perfect winter trail, in the opinion of this lazy hiker|
At 10:35, we reached the ledge popular for a pre-summit break/photo-taking (all of which we indulged in). Then we scooted up to the summit (take a "right"/turn south for two minutes/.1 mile) just to make it official (it was crowded!) before heading back down to the Crawford Path to head to Ike.
|Webster Cliff Trail, just steps from the summit marker|
The .3 mile jaunt up the bald summit of Ike was the steepest and windiest portion of the hike. Collectively, it took us about twenty minutes to reach the perpetually windy summit (only once have I visited a wind-free/low-wind Ike). We lingered a bit but Hannah and I both felt inclined to get our girls back to where the wind was calmer.
barrage of photos from the summit loop:
|There is a set of three stairs to the right |
behind Tango they obviously didn't see
|Another small ladder|
|Still in love with rime...|
|Eisenhower summit cairn|
|Ty's new Ultimate Warmer Jacket|
|Follow the leader|
|Lilo demonstrating the ease of the descent|