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Pemi Loop and Zealand, North Twin is a 30.3 mile loop trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until September.

Length 30.3 mi Elevation gain 9,589 ft Route type Loop

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

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Rocky

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Please note that this trail is subject to flooding.

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Aaron Steely
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BackpackingFeeGreat!

Extremely strenuous with full packs. Don’t plan on more than 1 mile per hour if heading clockwise, especially day 2 liberty to guyot. It’s a beast hike with the crux of the entire loop descending then ascending to Garfield then descending again and the final 0.8 mile straight uphill ascension to South Twin. A few “stealth” spots on the way to guyot (just after the slight descent from the twins) if you can’t quite make it, which is where we bailed. Incredible views with the Franconia ridge, guyot, and bond cliff ridges all being absolutely epic. Each summit has great views as well. Budget time to stop a lot to soak it in! We did a 2 nighter but I think it’s best as a 3 nighter unless you have your trail legs solid or are traveling very light. Carrying 3 liters of water + food and the usual stuff makes 13 miles in a day with thousands of feet of ascent and thousands more in descent extremely difficult. Only recommend for advanced/experienced backpackers and mountaineers. Happy trails !

Jannik Herr
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BackpackingGreat!MuddyRockyScramble

Did the Pemi Loop in clockwise direction in 3 days from Sunday 8/9 (9:30 AM) to Tuesday 8/11 (2:30 PM), camping at Liberty Springs Campsite and Guyot Campsite. Although spending Sunday and Monday nights in the mountains, both campsite were PACKED! If you would like a tent platform, I would recommend to try to get to each campsite early, as the tent platforms fill up. By the time I got to the Guyot campsite on the evening of day 2, all tent platforms were taken/full and I had to sleep in the Leanto (which actually was nice and new, built in 2019). Water sources were available at Liberty Springs Campsite, Garfield Campsite, Galehead Hut (which was closed on that Monday but the water faucet is outside) and Guyot Campsite, all water flows were decent. In regards to the trails, except on the ridgelines and at the very beginning and end, the loop has some very challenging and technical terrain. Definitely bring hiking poles! The ascent and descent from Mt Garfield and the climb up South Twin were the most demanding, especially since everything was wet from an all night rain shower the night before. The views however make all that hard work worth it! I didn't do any of the side trails. For a more relaxed way to hike the loop, it makes sense to stretch the hike to 4 days / 3 Nights like this: Night 1: Liberty Springs Campsite Night 2: Garfield Campsite Night 3: Guyot Campsite I would definitely recommend this iconic trail to experienced/advanced backpackers!

Mary S
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HikingFeeGreat!MuddyRockyScramble

Started the Pemi at 5 a.m. on 8/7 in a clockwise direction and ended at 2:30 p.m. on 8/9. One of the most challenging and rugged hikes I have ever done. Finished #48 on Bondcliff which was sweeeeet. Trails in great conditions generally and no issues on trail markers. Was awesome to see the majority of people doing their best to social distance and pull up their mask or buffs when not possible. Overall, the Pemi was crowded with day hikers, one day Pemi runners (OMG intense) and multi-day hikers. Saw a handful of hikers out of water making their way to the Garfield tent area- take extra water if going that direction. There is a pond that would be possible and we did see an gentleman find a small water supply off the to side a bit out from Garfield but not sure how reliable that would be. All water crossings were easily crossed hopping rocks. Total mileage: 37; Total elevation gain: 10,318 with added side trips to the 3 other 4Ks. Side Trips: Galehead (easy), North Twin (moderate and seemed to make great time), Zealand (was not a fan of hiking for that side trip) Tent Sites: -Garfield Tent Site- way overcrowded on the platforms. Would recommend to request overflow (if the have it). Great area to cook with social distance. Spring is actually on the trail before the descent to campsite. -Guyot Tent Site- looks new, very high platforms that had railings and they were PACKED. We were put in overflow and very thankful to be up a bit on the trail sharing a nice size area with two other tents. Cooking space in campsite limited and spring in right in the campsite so you have to go down down down to get to it. Most difficult aspects IMO -Garfield Ridge after N. Lafayette. Rugged, long, made me questioned my choice of hiking -Side trip to Zealand- rugged and seemed to take forever nearing the end of a long day -South Twin ascent from Galehead Hut – 1,110 feet gain in .8 mile Fun Stuff -THE VIEWS -The people we met on the trail and at the sites- fantastic people -Burrito at Galehead Hut and conversation with AMC Hut employee Eric -The Bonds, The Bonds, The Bond- just WOW Overall recommendation for the hike is to just do it and endure the difficult parts to savor the amazing ones.

Rich McElhinney
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HikingRocky

Day 1 of Pemi Loop and side trails. Well built trail, though could use some maintenance. No water from start to the Liberty Spingarn Tent-site 8 miles away. Up towards Flume, stair cases like a Tibetan Monastery. Not bad, but kicker for full pack.

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Nathan Townsend
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble
Lena Ma
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HikingBugsFeeRockyScramble

Went counter-clockwise to avoid the 4-mile ascent on Osseo. Regret the decision to not bring poles. I went 18 miles day 1, camped out on Garfield, and struggled to make it back day 2. The trek up to Lafayette and to Haystack was met with strong winds above tree line so a windbreaker is a must! Based on what I did and what I saw, counter-clockwise seems slightly easier.

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Stefan Greenewald
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HikingBugsRocky

First time backpacking. I went clockwise camping at Garfield Pond and Guyot campsite. No water between Liberty and Garfield was a problem because I ran out on Lincoln. Very beautiful though, especially Bond Cliff Ridge.

Amy Brueckner
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HikingBugsMuddyScramble
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Warren Brown
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Hiking

Did the 3 day, 2 night clockwise version June 24-26. Amazing views, caught perfect weather. As others have said, water definitely a challenge on Day 1, refilled at Liberty Springs and Garfield Pond. Sunrise from the balcony of the new shelter at Guyot tent site was spectacular. Garfield / Galehead area was moderately trafficked on a Thursday - otherwise very quiet on the trails. Definitely a really tough hike!

Stephen K.
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Hiking

Did clockwise 2-day “Extended” Pemi Loop on 25-26 June, which included side treks to Galehead, North Twin, Zealand, and West Bond. Overnighted in a stealth camp near Galehead Hut just outside the protected area. Dry June made water a scarcity. After Flume and Liberty I slack packed down to Liberty Spring Campsite to top off. Glad I did because the next water source was 10 miles on at Garfield Pond. Gorgeous views from the Franconia Ridge with some crowds at the top of Lafayette, mostly social distancing respectively. Garfield Tentsite looked inviting but I pressed on to Galehead hut and hit the peak before making dinner and chatting with the 2-person AMC staff. They were preparing to open the hut starting on the weekend of 27 June for grab-and-go food and bathrooms. Outside spigot was on. Woke up early and caught a great sunrise on South Twin. Tacked on North Twin, Zealand, and West Bond for good measure. After Galehead, Guyot was the next reliable water source. Great views from Bond and Bondcliff to finish off twelve 4000’ers. It was a long slog out through Lincoln Woods but felt so good to take a dip in South Branch before the drive home. Weather was amazing and bugs were not much of a problem. Official campsites at Liberty Spring, Garfield, and Guyot were still “closed” but there seemed to be plenty of people staying there overnight. Trip was 40 miles including the extra jaunts for water and peakbagging.

Susannah Clark
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Backpacking

Hiked this in three days, clockwise, 6/16-18/20, camped at Garfield Pond and Black Brook. Glorious views from every peak (except Galehead)! Water is a tough commodity on the ridges made worse by the closure of Galehead Hut. It’s not an easy hike but definitely worth the effort!

Alex Ecc
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HikingRockyScramble

Very physically demanding trek. But extremely rewarding.

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Nirek Sharma
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Hiking

Ran 06/13/2020: it was cold and cloudy but not too windy. No more microspikes needed this season. Really couldn’t recommend going counter clockwise

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