Mt. Piermont

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Mt. Piermont
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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


10/29/2011

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.

11/21/2011

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!