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Tripyramids, Sleepers, Mt Whiteface
September 21, 2005

Route: Pine Bend Brook Trail, Mt Tripyramid Trail, Kate Sleeper Trail, Rollins Trail, Downes Brook Trail
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Elevation:
N Tripyramid 4180 ft
Middle Tripyramid 4140 ft
S Tripyramid 4100 ft
W Sleeper 3881 ft|
E Sleeper
3840 ft
Mt Whiteface 4020 ft
Vertical Climb: 5063 ft
Distance: 18.1 miles
Who Went: Paul, Muffin

I knew that this was going to be a very long day hike. I was planning on climbing the Tripyramids, Whiteface, and Passaconaway, making a lengthy loop from the Kancamagus Highway, hiking up the Pine Bend Brook Trail and returning via the the Oliverian Brook Trail. Because of this, Muffin and I left a half hour earlier than usual - just before 4 AM.

We drove east through Lincoln, passing Loon Mountain and ascending the hairpin turn to Kancamagus Pass. When we arrived at the Pine Bend Brook Trailhead, I found that there was no designated parking area, so I drove a short distance to the east and parked in the entrance to an obviously little-used gated forest road.

The Pine Bend Brook Trail began very gently, and remained mostly level for quite a while, crossing and re-crossing Pine Bend Brook and its numerous tributaries many times. In wet weather, it would have been a real nightmare, probably even impassable.

The first part of the trail was well maintained. At one point, we climbed a set of very nicely-constructed stone steps constructed out of a number of huge rounded boulders. Not long after that, we entered the Sandwich Range Wilderness. I knew I had to watch the trails carefully from this point on, as trails in a wilderness area are generally sparsely marked.

After the last brook crossing, the trail curved right and began climbing a very rough, steep, rocky ravine. Finally, it angled left and ascended the south wall of the ravine up to the ridge. Here, in a relatively flat area with open woods, we took a short break. Muffin had some dog food and I had a power bar. The trail was covered with yellow and orange leaves, mostly maple and birch. Even though it was mid-September, fall was coming to the White Mountains.

The trail soon began to get rather steep, with numerous short switchbacks, as we came closer to the junction with the North Slide, but but my altimeter watch was telling me that we were getting close. In a few places, the passage between the rocks was narrow enough that Muffin had to skirt around them in the woods. At the time, I paid no attention to this, and we soon attained the top of the ridge.

Trailhead sign. There was no designated parking area for the Pine Bend Brook Trailhead, so I parked just east of it in the entrance to a gated forest road.

Muffin at the top of some stone stairs on the Pine Bend Brook Trail. These were some of the most well-constructed stone steps I've ever seen.

Sandwich Range Wilderness sign. Most of the day's hike was in this wilderness area, where trails are sparsely marked.

Open woods near North Tripyramid. After attaining the ridge, we traveled through this relatively flat area with open woods.

Muffin on the Pine Bend Brook Trail. Even though it was still September, fall was beginning to come to the White Mountains.

Muffin on the Pine Bend Brook Trail, getting close to the summit of North Tripyramid. At this point, she still had her pack.

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