We have a couple of new friends that have decided to start hiking with us so we wanted to keep the hike to something moderate. Mount Crawford, my first hike in the White Mountains.
You can read about my first time hiking Crawford here:
This mountain doesn't stand out because it's not a 4000 footer, in fact it's barely over 3000 at 3119'. Don't let the elevation fool you, Davis Path is very steep so it is not an "easy" hike. The views from the summit are some of the best I have seen in the Whites, and because it's not a 4000 footer, this mountain is not very busy. Both times I've hiked it we had the summit to ourselves.
Geared up and ready to go
Jay, Tony, Shawn
Over the bridge
Ice cold - We jumped in here after the hike
Crossing a small stream
From this point forward the steep climb never ended until the summit
First good view
We ran into a couple coming down and they were
kind enough to take a group photo
Tony, Mike, Shawn, Jay
Tony and Shawn heading up one of a few massive rock slabs
View from another rock slab higher up
Mount Washington from the summit of Crawford
Summit brews with Stairs and Mount Resolution
Shawn enjoying the view
Deer poop - Because you all wanted to see it
Mount Willey in the center
The Presidential Range
Close up of Mount Washington
Jay slipped and was asking us for help - We finished our beers first
Me checking out the view
Tony staring at Mount Washington
Shawn sitting on the edge with Mt. Washington in the distance
Jay taking a nap
There was no one at the summit to take a photo so I tried using the 10 second timer on the camera. Not bad.
One final view on our descent
GPS Track 1
GPS Track 2
GPS Track 3
Summit of Mount Crawford: 3119'
Total hike time (round trip)..: 5h
Elevation Gain.....................: 2327'
Distance (round trip)...........: 6.20 miles
Trails: Davis Path