Looking for a great trail in Pemigewassett Wilderness, New Hampshire? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 10 hard trails in Pemigewassett Wilderness ranging from 17.2 to 35.4 miles and from 1,164 to 5,246 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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8 days ago

Feb 12, 2019: Trail was beautifully broken out / packed snow until about 4.2m. Used light traction down low and snowshoes above. Turned back at 4.2m due to incoming storm. Can't wait to come back and see the views in warmer weather. As others have said, moderate climb that starts to feel long near the summit. Easy descent and great feeling of solitude and quiet. Loved it!

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bridge out
14 days ago

This hike is the source of my best memories in the White Mountains. It is a brutal hike, but worth the reward of the variety of peaks you can experience. We did it in one day, overnight, after some sunset snacks on the top of Flume, but had the privilege to hike the ridge under the moonlight: no headlamps required. After the ridge, there's some devastating elevation loss and gain through Garfield and South Twin. The Galehead hut saved us as a refueling station and point of refuge from the approaching weather. We finished in the morning, with the 4-mile hike out of Lincoln Woods: a worthy break after the long hike down off of the Bonds. Highly recommend this hike in both one push if you'd like a challenge, or a weekend backpacking trip. Enjoy some of the best the Whites have to offer.

on Franconia Falls Trail

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1 month ago

Hiked this with my dog on Dec 30th. Wide trail, hard packed snow, river to your right and gorgeous sunny day. 22 degrees F in the morning and rose to 31 degrees. Hiking boots were okay, but microspikes were needed to approach the falls. It became too icy without spikes. A few people were on XC skis, but would not recommend without edges.

Beautiful views and an easy walk !

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2 months ago

Nice easy trail with good river and waterfall views. Looking forward to a Mountain Bike trip here.

amazing....that sums it up :-)

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail. Easy hike, little elevation gain. The snow was pretty well packed for good footing most of the way to the tent site, after that show shoes would have been helpful so I only did about another mile. I biked and hiked Lincoln Woods Trail in September and it was nice. Today was the Eastside Trail on the other side of the river.

Difficult hike, but about as good as it gets! Diehards can do it in a long midsummer day, but between the AMC huts and AT campsites, as well less established campsites, there are plenty of places to spend a night. If the weather is good, it is a great way to spend the time.

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2 months ago

one of my favorite hikes to do in the winter!

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3 months ago

Trail was open and wide for the most part, went this past weekend (first weekend in November) and there wasn’t many people out there! Trail was easy for most of the way, got a little tougher when we turned to head up to the falls.

Nice easy walk. Would do it again. River on one side and brook on other side.

Did this hike in two days. Camped at 13 falls camp ground the first day and got the summit the next day. Majority of the hike is easy (just very long). The last bits up to the summit is very steep and the trail is hard to find/easy to lose.

Nice walk, not challenging. Nice scenery.

Nice trail, very easy and long.
With foliage is very beautiful but I don’t think that during regular season is can be so impressive.
It’s a long walk through the forest with few points of interest. I was hoping for more scenic view.
I did the east side of the trail.

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4 months ago

If you’re doing Owl’s Head you know what to expect more or less- a very long out-and-back with a brief view. Not the best pay off. Having said that it’s not as bad as it sounds. I did it the other day during peak foliage, and it was very pretty strolling along the brook. You should think of it as a long walk along a stream with an abrupt summit. The trail is a little tricky to find in some places but if you pay attention you’re fine. I didn’t do the bushwhack going up, but I did take the Brutus bushwhack to cut out the slide, which I would recommend if you’re with company, as it was not to easy to detect the herd path there. Stop in Franconia falls for a dip in summer months. Overall I would only do the hike if you’re going for your 48, otherwise you can achieve All Owl’s Head has to offer elsewhere at a discount price for your legs.

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4 months ago

Straightforward walk for most of the mileage, but nice scenery. Plenty of room for the traffic. Several really nice views overlooking the rocks and river, but most is forest. Waterfall bit is slightly tougher footing, but not that bad. Great place for a lunch and break before heading back.

Super easy trail up to Zealand Falls Hut. Along this first 2.8 miles you travel gentle grades as it follows an old rail road bed. Upon entering the beaver pond area wildlife is abundant and the landscape is draped it beautiful autumn colors! The next 1.3 miles to Zeacliff is much steeper with many large boulders to work around. There is even a ladder to scale your way up a very steep almost vertical granite wall. The view from Zeacliff is amazing. From here you can see Mt. Washington in the distance with the distinct round hump of Mt. Eisenhower in the foreground. Mt. Carrigain towers into the sky and if you use binoculars you can even see the firetower on the summit. You also get a view of the rugged cliffs of Whitewall Mountain with Ethan Pond just beyond. As I continued on, bog bridges helped keep things dry as I passed through the col between Zeacliff and onward and upward to the summit of Zealand Mountain 1.6 miles from Zeacliff. Although the summit is treed in it is still a great trip, and a cool summit sign! I read where others described the trip from the cliff to the summit as boring or nondescript, I did not find this to be the case. On this final leg of the ascent there is yet another marked view point and you can take a side trip to the shores of Zealand Pond. There are also much rare plant growth and wildlife along the way. Overall a great day out and another 4K conquered!!! Took me 6 hours total with approx. 1-1/2 hours of breaks & exploration.

Did the 32 mile loop clockwise in one day. Didn’t hit Zealand or North Twin. Started at 3 am and ended at 8:45 pm. Long, grueling, and hardest 1 day hike I’ve ever done. Did the 1 day presi a couple months before this and it was much easier. If you’re doing in one day prepare to carry a lot of food and water weight as you really only have one guaranteed spot to refill on the loop. If you go clockwise the Garfield ridge is hard but your toughest climb of the day will be to South Twin, straight up right after you’ve refilled your water and food at Galehead hut. I would love to do this again over a few days but wanted to get the 1 day Pemi and 1 day presi done in the same year. Follow me on Ig for pics and hiking updates @packandpeak

Bond and Bond Cliffs are a must for anyone who enjoys the mountains. It’s a long trip from either side, but the railroad grade from this side is the fastest way into the base of the mountain.
ENJOY THE VIEW !

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4 months ago

Oct. 3 2018, very nice easy trail, leaves were beautiful, lots of places to leave trail and walk to the river or small creeks. Easy for kids.

Excellent hike! Beautiful views from each peak which are worth the effort. The hike was very rugged and it pays to have good spirits and strong legs. We completed a counterclockwise loop starting both days around 4:30am. Day 1 was a successful 18+mile day, which set us up for a shorter second day. Garfield was slow going and easily the most difficult part of the hike. We finished day 2 before noon as we were able to cruise after summiting Flume. Water was very accessible; we carried at least 3L and refilled at Guyot, Galehead, and Garfield. Overall, a phenomenal experience with even better friends.

Did this trail yesterday. Fall colors are terrific. Stopped at Bond cliff as we had to do it as an out and back in a day. It may seem long but there are long sections that are very flat (heading in toward Zealand hut and back out) West Bond was my favorite view point. Not a lot of folks on the trail.

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4 months ago

Hiked this trail as the first part of a half pemi loop backpacking trip, so I only did it as part of the ascent. It's definitely moderate, although by the time you get to the ladder/stair section it starts to feel a bit long! Definitely a great, easy to navigate trail which is beautiful. There are some beautiful outlooks along the way, although I can't speak to the summit views as by the time I got up to Flume there was a really thick fog settling in. Still a great hike and am excited to re-summit on a clearer morning!

Great trail. Beautiful views. Steady climb if you like less of a challenge. Beautiful waterfall at the end.

Super fun and my Australian cattle dog had a lot of fun too. Pretty steep after you go past the hut but it’s well worth the view.

For a 50+ hiker, 4 days, 3 nights was perfect. Hammock camping made it even better! Liberty Spring, Garfield, and Guyot Tentsites all had good trees to hang from. At Guyot, we would of had to go an overflow spot had we not had hammocks. We set up right next to the shelter per the caretakers instructions on a steep slope. I had to "daisy chain" a couple of 4" trees with straps to get good support. On the trail there were great people with great stories and quite a few AT through hikers. Watching for the Pemi-Loop trail runners as they breezed by us on our third day with the realization they had come from the Lincoln Woods parking lot that morning was quite humbling.
The most challenging part of the trail was the Twinway which just goes up,up, up. Breaking out at the summit is a great emotional relief rewarded with a 360 degree view. Spectacular hike! I hope to do it again someday. Hi to Chuck and Jay from CT from the guy with a twisted ankle :-)

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5 months ago

like others have said, over 18. Maybe closer to 17 if you do the bushwhack. I enjoyed this hike. Weather was calm. No buggs. water crossings were managable. Brook was nice to follow. Scramble up produced some great views. Meet some nice people. Definitely hard going down after the long hike in and walk out seemed to drag a bit but that was it. I wont be running back to this one but im glad for the experience

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5 months ago

Firstly? 17.2 miles? Bullocks. When I got back to the trailhead, I had 19.6 on MapMyRun (which is usually pretty on the money in terms of GPS tracking).

That being said, Owls Head is NOT THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD. You just have to readjust your expectations. Think of it like a really (really) long riverwalk (and cross), followed by a slightly treacherous rock climb. If you think of it as a hike with all the usual hike accouterments , you're going to be disappointed.

Things to consider: the cairn to get to the slide is tiny and you can easily miss it. There's a bear warning sign now, which makes it a little easier to spot. The slide itself is easy enough to follow up (to scramble? Eh, depends on your skill level), but I found myself getting really confused on the descent. A little hair raising, especially when you remember you're in the middle of the Pemi wilderness.

That being said, it's really cool to be in the heart of the Pemi wilderness. The view of Fraconia Ridge from the slide is breath-taking and makes up for the lack of views at the summit. And the riverwalk portion is very meditative. So, yes, you'll probably only do this if you're getting your NH48 et al, but it's not the chore everyone makes it out to be.

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5 months ago

The first 1.5ish miles of this trail is literally flat (this is great to start but becomes the longest 1.5 miles of your life at the end of a long day, haha). The large majority of the rest of the hike is moderate at best. The ladders can be a little much as they are towards the end of your hike up and the steepness could get to you if you're tired. The summit is beautiful but be sure, once you hit what looks like the summit (after the 0.1 distance to the summit sign) that you go up to the left which is where the actual summit is. I found the ladders down to be pretty simple to navigate but found the middle portion (known to me as "the switchbacks" to seem to be never ending. Overall the hike is not very difficult, but the distance seemed long. I have it at about 11.2 miles not 10.3 that is listed here.

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