Mt. Pierce

Last weekend, my friends and I took advantage of the gorgeous weather to hike up Mt. Pierce.  It ended up being a really great hike – the weather was perfect, it was steep enough to be challenging but easy enough to be safe as we learned about hiking in the late fall.

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The first major attraction was this beautiful waterfall – Gibbs’ waterfall, I think.  It was a little spur off the side of the trail but well worth the walk. The lower parts of the path were full of water features -so fun!

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The second feature was the large amount of grey jays flying around! My friends decided to offer them some food and they flew right into their hands!  (A caveat: I’m not a fan of feeding wild animals and thus don’t feed them myself.)

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I was, however, happy to take pictures of the pretty birds and they were quite happy to pose for me!

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From the summit of Mt. Pierce – Eisenhower in the foreground and Washington behind it.  I’ve never been up on such a clear, beautiful day and it was so amazing to see the Presidentials in such splendor!

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A mountain range to the northwest of Eisenhower and Washington – the day was so lovely, and crisp and cool.  Truly it was the perfect fall hike.

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A final grey jay picture! I can’t actually decide if I like this picture or not, so please leave thoughts in the comments if you have any!

All in all, Pierce was a fantastic hike – it was steep enough to be constantly challenging but not so bad as to be exhausting and just chilly enough to make me appreciate a good workout!

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