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.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 108 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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bridge out
8 days ago

Hiked 5/21 beginning at Lafayette campground entrance via Pemi trail toward Profile Lake, bridge washed out just past intersection of trail with bike path. Saw a black bear about 100 ft. off trail!

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2 months ago

Very confusing to find. Trail extremely narrow, wouldn’t recommend dogs. Poorly marked throughout the trail, I couldn’t seem to find an end .

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9 months ago

Scenic trail, but lots of road noise as your hiking parallel to high way. Trail washed out in spots so watch where your step as some huge holes can step in.

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11 months ago

Nice pretty trail. Lake is beautiful but right next to the highway almost the whole time. Big parking lot with restrooms

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Sun May 19 2019

Would not recommend if you are looking for anything calm. You are walking parallel to the highway.

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snow
Tue Apr 02 2019

The parking lot wasn’t plowed out. We assumed the trail was closed but my mother and I parked in the tram lot and walked across the hard packed snow in the parking lot to the trail head. We were able to walk down to the lake and old man on the mountain plaza. Some icy patches and as the day warmed there were spots we sunk in. Sadly someone had smashed the state park sign off the post and shot it full of bullet holes

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Thu Nov 22 2018

This was an easy trail with wonderful access over the Labor Day holiday. There were limited groups encountered on this hike and it was pet friendly. At the mid point our kids enjoyed the beach and playing in the water.

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Sat Sep 15 2018

Excellent parking situation even on a very busy Saturday when all other popular spots in the Notch are overflowing into the shoulders of I93. This trail is nothing too special but does offer an easy trail walk with nice access points to Profile lake to watch fish and put your feet in with good views of mtns opposite. Would recommend pairing this walk with the short trail down to the Old Man profile viewing area which originates from the same parking lot and has lots of literature and two exhibits. Bathrooms available on site too.

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Wed Aug 29 2018

So much road noise and parts of the trail at the beginning are in need of repair.

Wed Jul 11 2018

quick hike

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Fri Jun 01 2018

An incredibly easy and scenic walk through the mountain valley. When I envision a picture perfect mountainscape, it is the view that I see on this trail that comes to mind. And the best part is the refreshing swim in either Profile Lake or nearby Echo Lake. It simply does not get any better. Well maybe if the trail offers some more challenge but those are plentiful in the White Mountain.

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Wed Apr 25 2018

Short, easy walk on paved path to Profile Lake. Great views and a really nice monument paying tribute to the “Old Man” and where he resided.

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Tue Aug 29 2017

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.

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Fri Aug 11 2017

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.

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Tue Oct 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.

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Tue Jun 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.

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Thu Apr 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.

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