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    Mount Pemigewasset Trail

    Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire
    Distance1.4mi
    Elevation Gain1,273ft
    Trailhead Elevation2,518ft
    Top2,518ft
    Elevation Min/Max1327/2518ft
    Elevation Start/End2518/2518ft

    Mount Pemigewasset Trail

    Mount Pemigewasset Trail is a hiking trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire. It is within Franconia Notch State Park. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 2,518 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,273 feet. This trail connects with the following: Indian Head Trail and Franconia Notch Bike Path.

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    Pathfinder | 84 pts
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    Manchester, NH
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    9/19/2010
    Beautiful views from the south facing clifts at the summit.
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    Maynard, MA
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    9/11/2010
    Steep hike well worth the view from the top. If hiking with a dog - bring extra water as the streams are pretty much dry at the moment.
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    Salem, NH
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    8/1/2009
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    Westbrook, CT
    Adventurer | 353 pts
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    4/12/2009
    Amazing views of the mountains that surround the town of Lincoln, trail was VERY muddy since it had rained the night before, but the views were deffinitly worth every step. Very easy trail to follow, a little crowded of a hike, but it was a nice day, would recommend this to anyone looking to see some picturesque views of NH. The top is a not so child friendly, it is a cliff, and little ones should be watched carefully!!
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    Eliot, ME
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    11/26/2006
    This was a great hike. It was a challenge as it was a steady uphill climb for most of the trail. The trail is narrow, very clearly blazed with yellow, so easy to follow. A few steep parts but all negotiable over the small boulders, not sure if those areas would be real wet in spring. I enjoy hiking in the late fall as the leaves are off the trees and you get some good views on your way up. There is a long section in the begining that follows a brook, a couple crossing, one that might be hard a bit more difficult in the spring. The look out at 1.5miles over the lakes region was a good lunch spot, full sun and out of the breeze at the top (important in late Nov.) The view at the top over the Sandwich range and further north is stunning.
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    Mount Pemigewasset Trail Professional Guides

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    Lisa Densmore
    "An easy half-day hike to a broad open cliff and an equally broad view. Mount Pemigewasset is also called Indian Head because the mountain is shaped like the profile of a Native American. Mount Pemigewasset is also called Indian Head because the mountain is shaped like the profile of a Native American. There are two trails up Mount Pemigewasset: the Indian Head Trail and the Mount Pemigewasset Trail. The trailheads are a mile apart. They are about the same length and converge just below the summit. The Indian Head Trail is less populated, but the Mount Pemigewasset Trail (blue blazes) is preferable because it has easy parking and nearby bathroom facilities at the Flume Visitor Center. Not that the Mount Pemigewasset Trail is overcrowded. The Flume, a narrow gorge with man-made walkways, is accessible from the back of the visitor center for a small fee." Read more
    AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
    Robert N. Buchsbaum
    "The Mount Pemigewasset Trail climbs to the summit of Mount Pemigewasset, a 2,500-foot peak at the southern end of Franconia Notch and the location of the famed Indian Head profile. The climb is a good one for children since it’s never very steep. The views from the top are excellent, and the combination of stream crossings and rocks in the forest make for an interesting walk." Read more
    Lafe Low
    "Mount Liberty is a challenging hike, especially the last two-thirds of the hike up a sustained rocky surface, but you’re rewarded with dramatic views of the Franconia Ridge and the Notch." Read more
    "Mount Pemigewasset is also called Indian Head because the mountain is shaped like the pro .le of a Native American. There are two trails up Mount Pemigewasset, the Indian Head Trail and the Mount Pemigewasset Trail. About the same length, they converge just below the summit. The Indian Head Trail is less popular, but the Mount Pemigewasset Trail (blue blazes) is preferable because it has easy parking and nearby bathroom facilities at The Flume Visitor Center. Not that the Mount Pemigewasset Trail is overcrowded. The Flume, a narrow gorge with man-made walk- ways, is accessible from the back of the visitor center for a small fee. It draws most of the tourist traffic, leaving Mount Pemigewasset surprisingly quiet, despite the moderate mileage and the breathtaking views from its summit." Read more

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