Mount Pemigewasset Trail (Indian Head)

MODERATE 243 reviews

Mount Pemigewasset Trail (Indian Head) is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1253 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
7 days ago

Quick and easy with great views at the top!! Perfect hike if you only have a couple hours to kill. The only downside it the highway noise if you’re starting from the Indian Head resort side. The cool part about that though, is walking under the overpass.

11 days ago

Wonderful hike, incredible view! Good for a casual. Type of hike mid day

hiking
13 days ago

Views are amazing at the summit!

hiking
14 days ago

Great moderate trail with a steady incline. Perfect for a new hiker. The views at the top are beautiful!

hiking
14 days ago

A nice moderate trail with a beautiful view at the summit which is perfect for family with young children and inexperienced hikers. It's a casual easy climb through the wood for most of the way before it gets a little steep closer to the summit. The main thing I don't like is that it was incredibly buggy in June. Even in the summit where it's sunny, we were relentlessly pestered by bugs.

The panoramic views of the whole Franconia notch area is absolutely incredible.

15 days ago

Hiked 5/26/2018

Great view for such a short hike. Would be great in the fall!

hiking
16 days ago

I would say the hike is moderate and the view is totally worth it.

hiking
19 days ago

Good trail, dog friendly. Not too steep. Easily up in an hour and down in 35 minutes. Nice views.

hiking
23 days ago

Great view at the top! Wasn’t too bad of a hike for my dog. Ran into a bear on the way down but he ran off quickly.

1 month ago

I had a great time on this trail. Nice and steady incline, but I wouldn’t describe it as steep. The view is great at the top. Would be perfect for a picnic lunch!

hiking
1 month ago

one of my new favorite hikes! fantastic trail, extremely well marked. steady incline, but not too steep. the view from the top is absolutely breathtaking! (and smells like christmas trees!)

*the trailhead is at the very back of the flume gorge parking lot off exit 34a*

1 month ago

Nice trail. Lots of incline. The tunnels going under 93 are fun for kids. Trail still had some snow when we did it in april. Nice view at summit.

snowshoeing
6 months ago

very nice in winter !!

hiking
7 months ago

poorly marked trail going up, half way through I wasn't sure I was going the right way. going back down was somewhat better marked.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail was a little difficult for me, but I'm not in that great of shape. It was uphill the entire time (I'm gonna call it nature's Stairmaster) with very very few flat areas. The end view was totally worth it, and I would absolutely do this trail again. The descent, though, made me a little nervous with all the leaves on the ground making it a little slippery.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike! Completed this with my two labs who are better hikers than I am. Very dog friendly, did keep on leashes, as it is near the highway in the beginning. Amazing view at the summit!

hiking
8 months ago

With my 5 and 9 year old.

The 1st quarter mile follows a small stream and crosses under both the north and south bound lanes of 93. After the stream and the sounds from the highway mostly disappear there is a steady incline for the next mile. The last quarter mile is noticeably steeper but still is manageable for younger and less experienced hikers.

My youngest handled going up fine but needed a small amount on help on the way down during the steeper section. It took us about two hours to the summit with three small breaks for the smaller legs. Going down was about and hour and a half with only one small break. The trail is well marked.

The views at the top are great but only to the south. The summit has a large drop off but there is plenty of room away from the edge even for a large group.

hiking
8 months ago

A must do for anyone looking for views. This hike gets less attention than the major Franconia Notch attractions. When I went there was hundreds of people in line for Flume Gorge, meanwhile there were only a handful of people on Mount Pemigewasset. The Indian Head cliff is about 100 feet high and you feel like your above everything, the actual summit just around the corner has a good view of Mount Flume and Liberty.

8 months ago

Park at the flume lot the trail head is in the back lot by bus parking. It sais 1.5 miles on the sign(this confused us and others on the trail) but that is to get to the Indian head trail which is another 1.8 miles so that’s the 3.3 miles each way. Or you can follow the blue trail to the top of Mt Pemi which was just over two miles. It was worth the climb it was beautiful and smelled like Christmas in parts near the top. I would do this hike again or maybe try the Indian head trail but I wasn’t in shape for another 1.8 miles on this day. :) overall we loved it and got dinner at Woodstock station after.

hiking
8 months ago

We parked at the Flume lot and used the Pemigewasset trail going up. It was a very busy day! The foliage is beautiful! There were so many people coming down as we were going up the trail. The view was definitely worth it. Coming down, we used the Indian Head Trail and enjoyed the gift shop at the Indian Head Resort! It was worth it and we got to see the shape of the Indian Head! We had to walk about a mile to get back to the lot. We had a great time!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful views well worth it

hiking
8 months ago

Loved the hike, beautiful view!!

hiking
8 months ago

Gradual hike up to the summit. Was worth every step along the way. The view was amazing.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful short hike done as a family from the Flume Gorge parking lot. Pet friendly trail. Ahhhmazing view at the top!

hiking
8 months ago

amazing veiw well worth the hike . The florage was amazing and best yet I ever see.

8 months ago

Great climb and the view at the end was worth every step.

8 months ago

Lovely views and a nice gentle trail. Lots of ambient noise from the highway though. But it's a lot of bang for your buck considering how short it is.

8 months ago

Fun fall hike. Giving it 4 stars because our views at the top were obstructed by passing clouds

hiking
9 months ago

This moderate hike is totally worth it for the stunning view (especially in the fall) that you get of The Valley and Mt Moosliauke to the west and some other mountains like Liberty to the east. The hike starts off a little steep but levels off and there's plenty of room to sit and enjoy the view at the top. The tail is well shaded by yellow Birch, Beech, and sugar maple trees. If you're like, like we were, you can catch a glimpse of a red-eyed vireo.

I'd recommend coming down using the Indian head trail, stopping at the Indian head resort to see the Indian head rock. Then, take the dirt road parallel to the highway, passing a snowmobile dirt road, which should take you back to the parking lot.

9 months ago

Moderate hike and has my son (9) and daughter (12) with us. Amazing views at the summit.

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