Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Trail Report: Mount Crawford

June 21, 2013

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

Trailhead sign

Crossing a small stream

The stairs
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

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