HIKING MT. EISENHOWER

Jerry and Marcy Monkman

Mt. EISENHOWER | 4,760' | Moderate

Mount Eisenhower (4,760 ft.), part of the southern Presidential Range, has a bald summit that offers 360-degree views of the surrounding area.

Note: for complete trail descriptions, times, elevation, trailhead directions, and major features, see the AMC White Mountain Guide or try our White Mountain Guide Online.

Suggested Routes

Moderate: The Edmands Path provides the easiest access to Mt. Eisenhower, bringing hikers to the junction of the Crawford Path, the oldest maintained footpath in America, and the Mt. Eisenhower Loop Trail. From the junction, a half hour hike on the Mt. Eisenhower Loop Trail will bring you to Eisenhower's summit.

Trip Planning

The AMC's Mizpah Spring Hut is located approximately 2.5 miles to the southwest of the summit of Mt. Eisenhower, providing an overnight stop for those who wish to continue hiking in the Southern Presidential range. It is open from mid-May (self-service in May) to mid-October, offering meals and overnight accommodations.

The AMC's Lakes of the Clouds Hut is located approximately 2.5 miles to the northeast of the summit of Mt. Eisenhower, on the southern shoulder of Mt. Washington. The hut provides full-service accommodations to hikers from early June to mid-September.

The AMC's Hiker Shuttle stops at The Highland Center, located near the Crawford Path Trailhead, to connect hikers with area overnight accommodations and other local trailheads.

Safety in Summer and early Fall

The AMC recommends all hikers check weather conditions in advance, carry a current map and guidebook, along with a compass and knowledge of how to use it. For recommendations on how to plan a safe hike in the White Mountains, see: The 10 essentials for a safe and pleasant hike.

Note: All peaks of the Presidentials above the treeline are nearly as exposed to the elements as Mt. Washington, and should be treated with the same degree of respect and caution. Severe winter-like storms can occur at any time of the year.

Winter Hiking on Mt. Eisenhower

Winter hiking anywhere in the White Mountains requires specialized equipment and skills, and experience in coping with weather, navigation, and winter gear. Extremely severe storms can develop suddenly and unexpectedly, especially above treeline. The combination of high wind and low temperatures has such a cooling effect that the worst conditions on Mt. Eisenhower are approximately equal to the worst reported from Antarctica, despite the much greater cold in the latter region. Hikers interested in extending their activities into winter are strongly advised to seek out organized trips with leaders who have extensive winter experience. Several AMC chapters offer winter hiking and backpacking instruction, and AMC offers several guided winter mountaineering trips; search for "Instruction" in AMC's activity listings. Helpful information can also be found in the AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping .

Fun Fact

Mt. Eisenhower was called Mt. Pleasant until it was renamed after President Eisenhower's death.

Additional Resources

White Mountain Guide Online

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