FKT: Adam Wilcox - Tripyramid Slide Loop (NH) - 2013-09-20

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1h 55m 56s

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'). Starting from the Livermore Road parking area in Waterville Valley, the route follows Livermore Rd. (an old logging road) for a few relatively easy miles, then ascends up the North Slide (a granite slab exposed during a landslide) to the North Peak. From there, rough and technical footing leads over the summits of Middle and South Peaks before descending steeply down the steep and gravel-ey South Slide back to Livermore Road, which is taken back to the parking lot. By the book, the loop is 11 miles with 3,000 feet of elevation gain. The majority of the gain is concentrated into a small distance going very steeply up the North Slide. While the terrain arguably never reaches 3rd-class, I wouldn't recommend this route in anything but dry conditions, especially for faster trips.

On September 20, 2013 I ran the loop in 1:55:56, starting and finishing at the trailhead kiosk. I hit the North Peak in 1:01 and the South Peak in 1:15. It was fun to mix up speedy running on the Livermore Road flats with power hiking on the North Slide, and fast technical downhill running on the way out. My miles splits ranged from 29:54 to 6:20. The first time I did this loop was back in 2006 and it took almost 7 hours as a casual hike.

My GPS track is here:

I'm not aware of any other speedy times for this route, but I'd be happy hear if any are out there.

Adam Wilcox