|The summit of North Tripyramid, looking towards the Presidentials|
This winter has had some success so far with a great hike of Moat Mountain, Belknap and Red Hill. Very deep powder turned me back on a hike of the Baldfaces. Come to think of it, this hike was my only 4,000-footer of the winter! That's too bad.
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The highest summit, North Tripyramid, is 4,175ft and Middle Tripyramid is 4,139ft with a saddle 240ft below the summit between the two. South Tripyramid is a subsidiary peak with not enough prominence to make the 48 4kers but its a nice summit none-the-less. For those compulsive AMC peakbaggers, East Sleeper is just to the southwest of South Tripyramid. It can be easily hiked along with the others but there is little reason to hike it other than simply bagging the AMC 100 Highest. Its a silly endeavor, to be sure... but then again is climbing the New Hampshire 48!
Here are some photos from my summer hike of the North Slide and South Slide:
|Looking down the South Slide, Tripyramids|
|North Slide, Tripyramids|
|View from the summit of Middle Tripyramid|
Pine Bend Brook begins right off the Kancamagus Highway and starts at 1,373'. This is probably the most popular winter ascent of the Tripyramids but there is very little parking at the trailhead (essentially, just a small pullover on the Kanc). Its a gentle start which weaves around the woods while crossing a few creeks. At about 2,200', the trail enters the Sandwich Range Wilderness which is my favorite wilderness of the White Mountain Range. The entire wilderness is very well preserved and there's a lot of older-growth trees which given the forest a more primitive feeling. It was no less beautiful in the winter
|Hiking through the Sandwich Range|
|Higher up in the Sandwich Range|
In classic fashion, the trail looks almost as if it is just upon the summit but really this is just a saddle. At about 3.2 miles in, I hit the saddle between Scaur Peak and North Tripyramid. Its another 0.8 miles and about another 700' of gain. This trail is enjoyable though because it runs along the ridge between the saddle and summit. The summit itself only has directional views but the wilderness is perfect.
|View of Waterville Valley from the Tripyramids|
Of course, you could continue on to South Tripyramid but this summit holds little prominence and almost no view.
|Looking towards Mt Passaconaway|
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