Mount Pierce was not our first choice for our final hike of our winter vacation.
The Davis Path leading up to Mount Crawford was not broken out and I don't think we fully recovered from our grueling hike to Mt. Avalon to breakout another long trail.
We hadn't done Pierce in a long time and thought it to be a leisurely hike.
We started hiking at 11:30 on a nicely packed trail with tree branches covered in snow. This one I thought particularly attractive.
The forest was especially beautiful.
For some reason JL was becoming fatigued and it seemed to take forever to reach the junction with the Mizpah Hut cutoff. Maybe we were overdressed and needed to ventilate as well as eat and drink something since we hadn't had anything to eat or drink since our 8 am breakfast.
Eventually we reached the cutoff where in no time the Gray jays appeared.
We soon found ourselves feed them some of our organic pop tarts.
With a 15 minute break, something to eat and some fluids, plus the fact we had a landmark with which to judge our position we continued on with determination to reach the summit.
With the increasing temperatures and intermitted sunshine one had to dodge the bundles of snow and pellets of ice falling from the trees.
Here's one of the flocked trees just below the summit.
We reached the junction of the Crawford Path and the Webster Cliff trail at 2:30
The summit was breezy with intermitent sunshine and clouds with views coming in and out of the cloud cover.
Once again we saw our little friends.
And naturally we had to feed them.
We remained on the summit about 40 minutes hoping for the skies to clear; which they never did.
On our way down we met an man also hiking Pierce.
One last picture before heading back into the trees.
Even though the summit has its views the forest has its own charm.
Nearing the end of our last hike I noticed this snow covered tree that reminded me of a cane.
Well that's it until the fall as far hiking in the White Mountains.
We enjoyed sharing our adventures with everyone on the Mount Washington Forums.
See you in the Fall.
Jimmy Legs and Little d
aka. Mike and Donna