This trail begins at 2000' elevation on the eastern side of Mt. Clinton Road, approximately 2 miles from the junction of Route 302 and Mt. Clinton Road. The trail ends at the junction with Crawford Path in the Mountains Eisenhower-Franklin saddle, 4450' elevation.
From the Mt. Clinton Road, Edmands Path crosses Abenaki Brook at a gentle grade for the first mile. The upper .5 mile is graded. The Path steepens as it climbs the north face of Mt. Eisenhower to join Crawford Path above the timberline. This path is the easiest route from the Bretton Woods area to Mt. Washington and the Southern Peaks. It also provides the fastest route down from Crawford Path in the area between Mt. Eisenhower and Mt. Monroe.
A striking change in vegetation occurs on the mountainous ascent. Forests of maple, beech and birch are present in the valley floors, extending up to about 3500' elevation. Spruce and fir enter in, gradually taking over. Trees are shorter approaching timberline, forming the stunted spruce-fir known as krummholz (German for "crooked wood"). Timberline, where trees are less than 8 feet in height, occurs lower on exposed western slopes than on warmer eastern slopes, due to prevailing winds.
Above timberline is the spectacular and easily damaged alpine zone. Soil here is very thin. Plants found here have adapted for survival in these harsh conditions but have little resistance to human trampling. Help preserve rare and fragile alpine vegetation by staying on the trail thus concentrating damage to a narrow strip. Protecting the alpine zone is very important because once destroyed, the soil becomes highly vulnerable to erosion and revegetation is very slow.
Directions: From US 3 north of I-93, NH, Travel US 3 east to where it intersects with US 302. Take US 302 east for several miles to where it forks with Base Road. Travel Base Road to Mt. Clinton Road. Turn right (south) onto Mt. Clinton Road and travel about 2 miles to the trailhead which is on the left (east). Stay on Base Road and travel 1 more mile to the trailhead on the north side of the road.
Elevation: 4,760 feet
Elevation Gain: 2,750 feet
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