Mt. Pierce - `/29/06 - 6.4 miles - Tim, Danielle, Fuzz, Anthony

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We arrived at the Crawford Path trailhead around 9:30, got ready and hit the trail around 9:45.
The trail was well packed and easy to follow. The only trouble we had was adjusting the amount of clothing we wore. All of us got hot pretty quick.
After almost 2 hours of hiking we made it to the Mizpah Hut cutoff. Here, we took a well deserved break.
While we were eating our snacks some Canadian Grey Jay's stopped by for a visit.
We all took turns feeding the birds some peanuts, raisins and crackers.
They really liked Danielle's snacks.
Each time they got a snack they would fly away and come back for more. The two people in the background left for the summit just before we did. Turns out, this was their first mountain hike ever!
Soon we put our crampons on and hit the trail for the final mile to the summit.
It was easy going, but a steady climb to the top. We were all starting to get tired.
Finally, the alpine zone. We're getting close.
Our first view of the day and what a view it was.
At the trail intersection we turned up hill for the final push to the summit. Good thing we all had crampons on. It was very icy.
The views from the top were fantastic.
Mt. Eisenhower looked impressive from this angle.
Up on top we found the benchmark that let us know we found the true summit.
Since this was the first winter 4,000 footer for all of us we felt it was appropriate to celebrate the occassion.
Another view of the Presidential range.
There was a good breeze blowing. The temperature was 35F, but with the wind it felt really cold.
Pose for the summit picture.
Tim and Danielle on Mt. Pierce. I've got to get a new winter hat.

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