Mt. Piermont

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Mt. Piermont
View of Mt. Moosilauke in the distance from the summit of Mt. Piermont
Drive 35 miles
Hike 4.4 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Mt. Piermont is the mountain on the West side of Lake Armington, and since it has an East-facing clearing at the summit, it is a fantastic spot to go watch the sun rise! It makes for a great "Overnight(potentially with dinner/campfire) + Sunrike" package!

Driving Directions

Take 91 north from Hanover, get off onto 25C east, eventually take a right turn onto Cape Moonshine Rd. The trailhead is at the West end of the property of Camp Walt Whitman. *Note* this may be closed private property. Make some inquiries about access, or at least be very polite when you show up, and ask for permission.

Hiking Directions

Heading South on Cape Moonshine Road from 25C, look for the first road with a barrier leading into Camp Walt Whitman, walk along the main road there past the little beach, and take the middle path (not the one that goes right along the lakeside), and you will see a trail-head that says "Ritchie Smith Trail". This trail leads directly to the summit, and there are no forks or divergences.

Advice & Anecdotes

The trail is hard to follow at some points due to blowdowns/stream crossings, so be careful on that and watch out for yellow blazes. There is a very steep rock face towards the top that the trail climbs, and can be difficult to tackle. Also, the descent will take a little longer than expected, because some parts at the top are rocky and hard to go down fast.

Winter advice

There can be a fair bit of snow, especially at the top, which is slightly exposed and can be decently windy. Especially in the late spring, you'll often end up waist-deep in snow (not particularly hazardous - actually quite fun!)

Trip Reports


Descending after watching the Sun rise

Group: 7. Vipul Kakkad (Heeler), Jesse Rieb(Co-leader). Trippees: Piotr Teterwak, Kaila Pedersen, NaHyun Suh, Melinda Tascarella and Laura Goodfellow.

Weather: This was right after the freak snowstorm on Halloween weekend! Not incredibly cold, but atleast 4-6 inches of snow on the ground

Time: 1 hr 15 minutes up, 1 hr 15 minutes down.

Notes: Snow made everything look completely beautiful - the entire mountain face was glowing orange right after Sunrise.


Group: 19. Vipul Kakkad (Heeler), Charlie Governali (Co-leader). Trippees: Juan Sanchez, Jeremy Brouillet, Krystyna Oszkinis, Hannah McGehee, Andrew Milligan, Ariel Wertheim, Julian Blanchet, Zach Wood, Mac Murphy, Justin Roshak, Julia Schneyder, Karen Wai, Margarita Rabinovich, Piotr Teterwak, Wilson Helman V, Emily Jordan and Lorin Paley. Raided by Suzanne Kelson, David Rice, Jesse Reib, Kyle Heppenstall.

Weather: 19 degrees out, so I guess normal for late November. Gorgeously clear sky, great view.

Time: 43 minutes up, 1 hr down. (but we SPRINTED up to catch the sunrise!)

Notes: Trails weren't exactly in fantastic condition, and we had a little trouble finding the trailhead at the beginning, and sometrouble following the trail, which seemed to almost disappear in some places near the summit. Sunrise was spectacular, though!


Almost everyone

Group: 22. Ursula Jongebloed '18 (Leader), Zach Berkow '20 (Leader), Mary Joy '21 (Heeler), Kevin Donohue '21 (Heeler). Trippees: Fionnuala Murphy '21, Dru Falco '18, Ethan Cook '20, Naomi Miller '21, Adam Burnett '18, Justin Kramer '21, Graham Sisson '21, Katharine Phillips '21, Emilie Baxter '21, David Vonderheide '21, Katrina Keating '20, Emily Stehr '21, Rachel Kent '21, Michelle Dundek '21, Bryton Moeller '21, Laura Jeliazkov '18, John Brady '19, Emma Rieb '18 (rogue participant)

Weather: Around 35 degrees, so pretty good.

Time: 2 hrs 30 minutes up, 1 hr 30 min down.

Notes: We took our sweet time, but made it! The "Party Hike" of 22 people arrived at the trailhead to find an untrodden foot and a half of fresh snow. Thank goodness we brought snowshoes. Encountered some difficult bottlenecks, which slowed us down due to the size of the group, but the power of teamwork got us through. Props to Adam for taking a gentle tumble. After some determination we all made it to the gorgeous summit, took some photos, and butt-slid our way down the mountain.