Mount Pemigewasset Trail (Indian Head)

MODERATE 292 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
1,253 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

6 days ago

Loved the views at the top. Recovering from knee surgery but this was doable with hiking poles and a brace and lots of rest stops. I should have worn hiking boots instead of sneakers!

hiking
9 days ago

Amazing views. Went to see the sunset and was not disappointed. Would definitely do this hike again!

9 days ago

Nice views from the top of surrounding mountains, about 1 h 15 min up on a warm day.

15 days ago

Decent summit views for an easy to moderate effort. Nothing challenging on this trail. It makes for good exercise with little to no traffic.

hiking
16 days ago

Little over 5 miles round trip. You park at the flume and head up. Going under the bridges for the highway and rt 3. Trail is mostly moderate and some spots a tad but higher than moderate but absolutely not difficult at all. Views from the top are gorgeous as you sit on the large rock mountain side.

hiking
20 days ago

Excellent trail. Moderate to hard I think is a more accurate description of the terrain. We also recorded 4 miles from start to finish. Maybe the trail has been extended over time? Either way, a fantastic trail with a big reward at the summit. The views are fantastic but what also makes the top amazing are the huge boulders you reach. I hiked with my teenage daughters, her friends, husband and two dogs. My old dogs found the hike a little too strenuous. . Enjoy!

22 days ago

Great hike!

1 month ago

Fabulous family hike! Perfect distance, soft ground the whole way, and a breathtaking payoff! Can’t recommend enough!

1 month ago

Excellent trail if you are in a time crunch or just want a short hike that ends with great views.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike, did it with 9 people and a dog!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, does get steep about halfway up but you’re under tree cover the entire way up to the peak so it stays pretty cool even on a hot day. Brought my dog and she had no problems navigating the trail. The first half of the trail follows along the Pemigewasset River and the gentle sound of rushing water is always nearby. Wide cliff at the summit provides fantastic views of the town of Lincoln and the White Mountains.

1 month ago

Fun trail that doesn’t take too long. Gets steep on the way up and takes about an hour. Getting down takes about 35-45 mins. Great views on top of the Whites. Awesome hike overall.

1 month ago

Great hike. All woods and no views with lots of stepping stones to the summit. Fabulous views at the top so certainly worth the trip. Took me an hour up and 50 mins down. Will return in the Fall.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, quick hike with lots of views. The only drawback is that it's super popular, so I recommend going early (or on a weekday) to beat the crowds.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike highly recommend

2 months ago

a good workout, was very busy but the view was beautiful!

2 months ago

Moderate hike.Great for families or beginner hiker's.The views are amazing.

2 months ago

There was a steady incline but the vista views were worth it. There are a few bridges to help to cross a small river. Trail was still wet from rains earlier in the week.

3 months ago

Great trail first half very easy second half a little steeper but there were plenty of kids on the trail. Took us 2 hours and 40 minutes with frequent breaks and a 20 minute lunch break at the top. Awesome views from the cliff at the summit.

3 months ago

The end point is worth the effort! Not a very long trail, but can be strenuous. This was my first hike in New Hampshire so I didn't know what to expect. I'm a moderate hiker and I did have to stop to catch my breath a few times towards the top. it took me just about an hour to reach the top and maybe 45 minutes to get back down. Next time I'll pack a lunch and just sit at the top for a while. Beautiful.

hiking
3 months 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.

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Views are amazing at the summit!

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

3 months ago

Hiked 5/26/2018

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Steadily steep and strenuous but quick and fun! I can’t comment on the views because it had just started raining when I got there, but the summit itself is breathtaking.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

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