Profile Lake Via Pem Trail

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Profile Lake Via Pem Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Franconia, New Hampshire that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.3 miles
111 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips





wild flowers


1 month ago

I'm an inexperienced hiker with a fear of heights but wanted to give it a try since my husband loves to hike. I had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the Pemi Trail at Profile Lake. We also did part of the Pemi Loop by the Baby Flume...we would have gone further but it was getting late in the day. Hopefully we will get another chance to explore more of this trail.

2 months ago

Short easy stroll down a paved path to the lake where you can [could] get a glimpse of the Old Man of the Mountain. Fortunate to have seen him before his fall. History.

2 months ago

4 months ago

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Pemi Trail runs the length of Franconia Notch along the Pemigawassett River. It is a pleasant lightly used alternative to the bike path, and offers a close up view of the river and some spectacular views of the Cannon Cliffs north of Lafayette Place. A number of loop hikes can be made using the Pemi Trail and the bike path, One downside is the proximity to I-93 and the traffic noise. The Pemi Trail can be accessed from virtually any parking area from the Flume to Cannon parking areas.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The historical sight is very nice and view of Profile Lake is spectacular. A must for the family if you've never been.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

This is a great little hike. Growing up, we would stop here every year while camping in the White Mountains. The last time I was there was in 2009 after The Old Man slipped off the mtn. Plans and constuction was underway to expand the area and a memorial of The Old Man. Even without him there it's still worth the trip.