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 Pierce and Eisenhower 1-31-2016 
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 Pierce and Eisenhower 1-31-2016
Well it has been almost 2 months since we have been able to breathe in fresh 4000+’ air and this hike was well worth it. Between the Christmas season and work requirements it’s been a long 2 months. We also broke in a new camcorder on this hike. We hope to incorporate both camcorders into our future videos.
We got to the Crawford Connector trailhead parking lot, off Mt Clinton Road, about 7:30AM. We looked around for Beckie and Prema’s car, knowing them to be early at trailheads, but not seeing it we figured they headed somewhere different. We decided that light traction would be the order of the day and we wore them car to car. All the reports we had read online made it sound as if snowshoes would be overkill and they were right. We packed for the cold, but it ended up staying in our packs as the day turned out to be quite unusually nice for Jan 31.
The hike over to Crawford Path was uneventful and the trail was nicely packed. After taking the bridge to cross Gibbs Brook, we saw that the Mizpah Spring Hut was closed, which we figured, so there was no sense making the side trip to see an empty hut. We headed up the Crawford Path, stopping at Gibbs Falls to see the frozen falls, then we stopped to check out the artifacts from the dam that use to be the water supply the Crawford House.
We continued along the trail, which is also nicely packed, on what seemed to be a continuous incline, but nothing overly strenuous. What we were thinking is how much fun the new sleds were going to be coming down in some spots. Thanks for the link GG, it took a while, but we did get the LL Beans ones. :D Spoiler alert, we did try them on the way down, but they are extremely fast, so we need practice on a smaller hill first. :lol:
We did stop at the trail junction for the Mizpah to spend a little time with the GrayJays. We hadn’t run into too many people at this point. Continuing to move along we hit the Alpine Zone, we grabbed the Mount Pierce geocache just before it. Yup we geocache all year round and some are winter friendly. 8) It wasn’t long after that we got our first sneak preview of the views. Mountain Forecast has listed that there would be winds 20-30 MPH and cloudy, so far they were wrong. There were clouds looking over to Washington, but they looked more like a backdrop, the summit was cloud free. When we got to the trail junction with the Webster Cliff Trail, we took it to bag Mt Pierce for the 4th time and really were enjoying the day and the views.
We could see clouds on the horizon and figured we should get a move on to Eisenhower before they came in to ruin the day. The ridge walk was as pleasant as it has been the last few times we took it. We ran into one couple that made us realize that we are ‘peakbaggers’. They were just out for a hike, they didn’t summit either mountain. They went as far as the Eisenhower Loop Trail and turned around. I don’t think I could do that. Now I want to try, but I think I might fail. :roll:
When we got to the Loop Trail and started heading up, things in the weather department were changing. We could hear the wind starting to whip around. The hike up was easy, but when we hit the summit that was the first time we put the hats and hoods on. The views were not as great as they were on Pierce. We took some pictures and a video pan. The clouds were messing with the auto focus so some of the video pan is blurred. We had the summit to ourselves, but didn’t waste much time up there. The two summits were like night and day as far as wind conditions went.
We stopped and had lunch at the Loop Trail junction on the way down and that’s when we saw a guy coming to hike up Eisenhower in ¾ length pants and no shirt. We asked if he lost a bet. He said no, he just hikes this way. Power to him! :shock: On our walk back over to Pierce, we started to run into a lot more people, but still no Beckie and Prema.
When we got back to the parking lot wouldn’t you know it, we saw Beckie and Prema’s car parked next to ours. We wrote a note and left it on the windshield saying we were sorry we missed them, because we were. Overall it was a great day to get out and hike after a long recess from hiking.
Anyone interested in seeing the hike or trail conditions we did post our usual video on YouTube, just click the link… Best viewed at 1080p60
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pupZpu4fChw

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Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:19 pm
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Congrats on the first two winter 4K's and good to see a post from you guys again. The Crawford Path seems perfect for the sleds. They are pretty quick but you can really control it pretty good with a little practice. The drag you create by hanging more or less of your backside off the back edge keeps speed in check and pulling it out from under you like Houdini pretty much stops you in your track on snowy trails. Ice might be a different story. Then it's pretty much the luge! :D


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Granite Guy wrote:
Congrats on the first two winter 4K's and good to see a post from you guys again. The Crawford Path seems perfect for the sleds. They are pretty quick but you can really control it pretty good with a little practice. The drag you create by hanging more or less of your backside off the back edge keeps speed in check and pulling it out from under you like Houdini pretty much stops you in your track on snowy trails. Ice might be a different story. Then it's pretty much the luge! :D

Thanks GG, those are great tips. 8) Never thought of pulling it out from under us to stop. These sleds are so much better than the home made tarp ones we tried to make and fast. :lol:

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