Appalachian Trail: Pemigewasset Wilderness & Zealand Notch

Shuttle • 23.2 mi • 3402 ft

Between Franconia Notch and Crawford Notch lies the longest unbroken section of wilderness crossed by the AT in New Hampshire and Vermont. The 18,560-acre Pemigewasset Wilderness, which borders the southern side of the AT between Mount Liberty and Ethan Pond, is filled with spectacular scenes - alpine summits, rock-walled notches, roaring waterfalls, and looming cliffs. Among these sights, it is the woods that are most impressive.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Five Corners
Length: 23.2 total miles
Elevation Gain: 3,402 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Strenuous
Duration: 16 - 20 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500 feet
Top Elevation: 4,902 feet
Local Contacts: Appalachian Mountain Club, 800-262-4455
Local Maps: ATC NH & VT #3
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Made a quick overnight trip to Ethan Pond to get away. Great trail that offers a quick refuse. Trail is in impeccable shape and so is the camping area at Ethan pond. Christina the caretaker was friendly, and the facility was one of the best I've ever seen. In the morning Ethan Pond looked as though you could have walked across it. Enjoy.

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