View from Middle Tripyramid As the fall begins to make its shift into winter, the days become shorter and shorter. I love the North Slide! I instantly got a knot in my stomach. I've skied the North Slide in Spring, when there was soft (glorious) snow, when it wasn't a no fall situation. After 10 stream crossings (yes, ten each way) we made it to the steeps. A Hazy Shade of Winter. The gnarly rock slabs on the steep North Slide are a bunny slope for rock climbers, but for anyone accustomed to ascending mountains sans rope and harness, this hike will put hair on your chest and lead in your pencil. Light breeze. The north slide took a lot out of me mentally, so I was looking really looking forward to the part of Livermore Tr. There are still about 10 snow flakes on the top of Snowdon….. when’s your spring kicking in then, surely you must be as ready for Spriung as we are in North Wales, it’s time for those little Daffodils to start blooming ^_^Great post! A subtle clue to the slides is in the AMC White Mountain Guide book, in the Mount Tripyramid Trail description "The steep rock slabs of the North Slide are difficult, and they are dangerous in wet or icy conditions." Be sure you have micro spikes and are prepared for anything. where I could turn my brain off and walk. The Mount Tripyramid Loop Trail begins in the Livermore Road parking lot. It was really beautiful looking out at the Osceolas, and there was still a good amount of fiery foliage desperately hanging onto the tree branches. Even though there aren’t many views via Pine Bend, there was a lot of beautiful untouched snow. There was more than a foot of fresh snow on the slide as we trudged upward. (Thursday) Via Livermore and Scaur Ridge trails. The first, and more popular, trail is the Mt. Take Livermore road east until you hit the The Tripyramids are best known for their slides, providing hikers with more of a challenge. The Pine Bend Brook Trail is often used by winter hikers. Hikers interested in extending their a… We saw a TON of rabbit and deer prints, but no animal sightings. Portions of the slide consist of loose gravel and dust. ), but I’ve had too many situations recently where they didn’t quite do the trick. It took more focus than I've ever needed in my life, and any of you that know me know that I get distracted pretty easily. Her goal is to share her passion for hiking and backpacking with others, especially with women, to inspire them to experience the freedom of the trail. 7 hours, that’s a serious hike! It is known as one of the most technical sections of trail in the White Mountains. Enjoy the views on the way up and on the way down. It was really a beautiful sight! Middle Tripyramid Mountain is a 4,140 foot mountain in the Sandwich Range of the White Mountains in Waterville Valley. Reply. Participants of all in-person events should bring and wear face coverings, expect social distancing, and changes to … This slide, compared with the North Slide, feels like a gravel driveway at a 60 degree angle. This slide, compared with the North Slide, feels like a gravel driveway at a 60 degree angle. The usual dayhike is an 11 mile clockwise loop, starting at the Livermore trailhead, near the center of Waterville Valley.The first 3.6 miles are on the Livermore Road which is gated at the trailhead. Tripyramid Trail which takes you up and over the infamous North slide. The Mount Tripyramid trail re-enters the woods at the bottom right of the slide. On our trip back down Pine Bend we did a good deal of sledding. As you climb higher, you’ll encounter areas of loose gravel and small stones, which may shift underfoot. 9. After having hiked the Tripyramids from both the South Slide and the North Slide, I decided to come back to hike the comparatively gentle Pine Bend Brook Trail. This trail does not cross any of the very steep slides that hikers frequently descend in summer. It was a winter wonderland and we loved every minute of it. A Reinvigorating Hike on the Tripyramid Slides One thing I’ve learned in the past year of hiking is that trails are more fun when they’re difficult. Narrow at the bottom, the slide opens as it moves higher onto Tripyramid. (Saturday) Via Livermore and Mt Tripyramid trails, taking the North Slide on the way up and the South Slide on the way down. It rained yesterday so I was a little nervous because I knew that the slides could potentially be really dangerous if they were wet. The day started off at 7:25, a pretty typical start time for me. Washington’s recognizable white peak. Mt. Towards the top of the slide we started to see a light dusting of snow on the rocks and trees. I think this is the steepest trail I have ever been up. Hike Type: Out and Back / Lollipop View: Good on Slides, Poor (North Tripyramid), Poor (Middle Tripyramid) Map: Trip Report: This weekend Fiona and I decided to lead our first MITOC hike together… Mar 05 2013 | Tripyramids (Winter) Mar 05 2013 | Tripyramids (Winter) Mar 06 2013 | Tripyramids via Pine Bend (3/2) ... Sep 19 2013 | Tripyramids via North Slide. We stopped for about a half hour for lunch near the south peak and dawned our puffy jackets. The North Slide, located on the Tripyramid Trail leading to North Tripyramid, is one of the steepest, most exposed and most spectacular climbing experiences in the Whites. The south slide was much less consuming than north. In New England, Allison enjoys trekking along the highest peaks, bushwhacking to less traveled areas, and has a fondness for sunrise and sunset trips. (Planned.) Luckily there were lots of trees to grab onto and haul myself up with. From my last visit to the Tripyramids (via North and South slide) I remembered where the summit of North was. For me, that’s a good time. After this there was a section of pretty steep large slabs of rocks and this is where we started running into some minor difficulties. Every once and while, peaking out through the trees, I could see the Presidential Range, Mt. South Tripyramid Mountain is Southwest of Middle Tripyramid Mountain, though well over 4,000 feet, it is not considered an official New Hampshire 4,000 footer because of its low prominence (under 200 feet is too low). Replies. #41 North Tripyramid (4,180 ft), and #42 Middle Tripyramid (4,140 ft) via. Northern views open to Mt. 32 dF +/- and cloudy. Thankfully it wasn’t rough going for us. It also gets exponentially steeper. (Success!) I’ve done it three times in summer, and find it enjoyable to do. It was a beautiful and calm day in the Whites. In all seriousness, the Mt. At one point I made the mistake of looking down at the steep section I had just ascended. We will be visiting the middle and south peaks as conditions and time allow. Trip report: Mt Tripyramid, Waterville Valley, NH. You can also get away with using slippery pants! A nice ending to a winter in which I enjoyed views from 15 different slides in the southern Whites: 5 on Tripyramid, 4 on Osceola, 3 on Passaconaway, 2 on Scar Ridge … (Thursday) Via Livermore and Mt Tripyramid trails, taking the North Slide on the way up and the South Slide on the way down. To descend, you will follow the Mount Tripyramid Trail for 3.7 miles, descending another rocky slide before linking back to the Livermore Trail at its southern end. For the person who asked, I have what’s called a slidy sled from LLBean. Sometimes you go into the backcountry and don't want to leave. The Tripyramid slides were a real challenge for me both mentally and physically. We ended up doing the first 4.3 miles of the hike in about an hour and a half but as soon as we hit the bottom of the slide we slowed considerably. As I made my way up I stopped frequently to look at the views. You will follow Livermore Road for quite some time. We knew there was a good amount of mileage left (maybe 3 miles), but the hard part was over. I was super excited about this because it meant winter was coming! Today was a really difficult but super fun hike in the Sandwich Wilderness! Replies. Possible tricky spots: N Tripyramid slabs and S Tripyramid slide. My fingers had frozen and turned an eerie white and then almost purple color when we were first hitting the trail (I think I may have a touch of Raynaud's syndrome), but they warmed up in the first 30 minutes of hiking. (Note: November 17 2007: I've attached a photo of the North Slide taken today in similar conditions.) I'm Lexi and this is my pup Lucy! Number two on our list of favorites is to the infamous North Tripyramid Slide near Waterville Valley, NH. Wind-scoured crust made the exposed areas sketchy, so I stayed mostly on the scrubby parts of the slide or in the woods alongside. The top of the slide turned into wooded trail pretty abruptly and got significantly less steep quickly. Ice. Our route for the day was to take the Livermore Trail out to the Mt. Mount Tripyramid, located about 4 miles east of the Waterville Valley Ski Area in the Sandwich Range Wilderness, forms the picturesque east wall of the Waterville Valley. I thoroughly enjoyed the first 4 miles heading to North Tripyramid. Through great focus I came out of this section with only one minor slip on some black ice. Since I started touring in the Whites, I’ve wanted to ski the North Slide on Mount Tripyramid. But getting there on foot is the opposite sort of hiking, a broad path of hard pack easy terrain. Tripyramid Tr, and South Slide. 2018-02-22. This rock slab ascent climbs almost 1,700 feet in 1 mile which means it is really steep! This being January, this was a winter hike, which makes these ascents a non-trivial affair. Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt (or: “Sometimes even the good guys sing the blues.”) Mt Tripyramid, Waterville Valley, NH. Tripyramid from the west, the last half-mile ascending the North Slide, 1,200 vertical feet. 12 comments. Ascending the north slide required a lot of mental perseverance, but I loved the challenge! The rain yesterday combined with the freezing temperatures overnight made many of the rocks ice-covered, so that made it pretty difficult to scramble up. It’s one of the longest and most consistently steep slides… I knew that the trail climbed 1,800 ft in about a mile, but it's hard to put that in perspective until you get up there. It was a really beautiful late fall day but it was a little bit chilly. Hi! Now on round 5 (the first round for her dog Ruckus) she has been honored to have taken part of many people’s firsts. Adam Wilcox posted the route: The Mount Tripyramid Slide Loop is a hiking route that's commonly used to access the ranked 4,000 footer peaks of North (4,180') and Middle Tripyramid (4,140'). With that thought in the back of my mind, I turned around and hiked up with the most focus and precision I think I've ever had in my life. The upper part of the slide is a vast snowfield in winter. Using the below route, you will have the opportunity to ascend and descend two very steep slide … Hike date: 08/23/2018 Description: Middle Tripyramid Mountain is the second highest of the three Tripyramids and has a nice outlook with views to west looking towards Mount Tecumseh. When we got to the bottom of the south slide the leaf covered path was easy going. It's really not an option. I was still pretty steep and the rocks were very loose but it was a lot easier. From there, it descends the steep mountainside on a long traverse, eventually joining an old logging road grade running parallel to the Slide Brook, before crossing Avalanche Brook (difficult in high water), just before it rejoins Livermore Road. your own Pins on Pinterest South Tripyramid does not as it stands less than 200 ft above the col on the ridge from Middle Tripyramid. Lots of scree and small, loose rocks. With leef peeping season still in full swing, I had decided to do this hike from Waterville Valley instead of the easier option of Pine Brook Bend Trail starting off the Kanc. I'll add to the chorus of folks that are saying it would be insane to attempt North Tripyramid slide without crampons at this time. Livermore Rd, Livermore Tr, North Slide, Mt. I was able to catch myself with the help of a nearby tree branch, so all was well. As you hike up from the valley, there are two trailheads for Mount Tripyramid. Sat, Dec 29, 2018, 7:00 AM: This hike is a traverse.Ascent: 3450 ft.Mileage: 11.6 milesStrenuous: The Tripyramids altitude and location belie the strenuous nature of an 11-mile loop that tags the summ It was good to know we were done with that part of the hike and we were onto a comparably easy traverse. Having learned my lesson last week (when the AMC guide says […] The North Slide is completely exposed but temps were in the mid-30s with no wind so we were able to ascend in complete comfort. North Tripyramid Summit: 1500. The combination of high wind and low temperatures has such a cooling effect that the worst conditions on the Tripyramids are approximately equal to the worst reported from Antarctica, despite the much greater cold in the latter region. The small cairn was covered with snow. North, Middle, South peaks. Tripyramid Trail can be dangerous if proper caution isn’t taken. Thanks for the sled info – I know slippery pants often are good enough (esp for the tripyramids! Take Livermore road east until you hit the Tripyramid North Slide Trail. You can see Mt. Looking at it I knew that if I made a mistake and fell down there it would mean serious injury or even death. Winter Hike of the Tripyramids: New Hampshire 4,000 Footers The Tripyramids are a famous bunch of 4kers in New Hampshire with more than one epic route for ascents. North Tripyramid via North Slide: 3/5/20 Never thought I'd be doing the North Slide in winter, and hadn't really planned on it today, but once I started up I kept going. North Tripyramid Mountain is roughly 0.7 miles away, so one can hike both Tripyramid Mountains in one day by peak bagging. Philip Werner October 30, 2012 at 4:19 PM. So envious of your proper snow, you have tons and tons and tons of it!!! Follow me on Instagram @lexi.brocoum for more pictures! I was the only one in the lot, but I figured I would be since it was a Tuesday morning. I come up to NH to get away from all of the Boston traffic, so the sight of the gridlock-ridden Kanc last weekend was more frightening to me than the slides after a day of rain! Affiliate Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases at no cost to you! If it is wet you may want to walk a bit longer on the Livermore trail and climb using the Scaur Ridge Trail. Reply. With a group of four we were too loud. The north and south slides of the Tripyramid Mountains are known for being some of the steepest and most treacherous trails in all of New England and are both on the, #41 North Tripyramid (4,180 ft), and #42 Middle Tripyramid (4,140 ft) via. This is why even with an early 7 am start, individuals can still be caught in the dark with these short nine hour days. You’ll find that walking on the solid rock slabs is much more secure and far less dynamic. Tripyramid, but there were no pointless ups and downs so it was relatively straightforward. It was epic weather, with temps in the 30s early, rising to the upper 40s by lunch. Tripyramid’s own North Slide, then looping across to South Slide is another. that climbs to the summit of No. North and Middle peaks. I’m happy to have made it through on Sunday. I think my hiking skills improved more in this single hike than many others that I have done. I can't wait! I arrived at the Livermore Road Trailhead at 7:00 am, ready for the slides! I enjoyed a bit of rock climbing and think Livermore &Mt Tripyramid trail have a little bit of ... crazy. Many of the 4,000 footers start with an easier approach, but those are not the parts that make a hike worthwhile. The north and south slides of the Tripyramid Mountains are known for being some of the steepest and most treacherous trails in all of New England and are both on the Terrifying 25 list. South Tripyramid does not as it stands less than 200 ft above col... From its summit, making it a popular “ peak bagging are enough. 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