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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.

It’s actually 3.5K and the view is absolutely garbage don’t recommend

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

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3 months ago

Great NH hike. Not too steep. Great views at the top. It looks like they recently thinned the trees towards the bottom and the forest is really pleasant.

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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.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike. Some steeper sections but generally an easy grade. Had some blow down damage but was able to walk around. Didn’t quite make the summit due to icy snow melting. So we didn’t experience the vistas. We passed two other couples who experienced the same. Still a lovely hike.

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.

Fresh snow w/ apx 4 inches in trees near top. some icy spots hidden by snow, so bring micro-spikes. Trees blocking short sections of trail after 2.8 miles. Lots of deadfall closer to treeline, but great exposed hike from there to summit of Lafayette!

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

This is definitely a less-used trail and that's the main reason I chose it during Columbus Day (aka leaf-peeping) weekend in the Whites. Saw no-one else on the trail and enjoyed a long, moderate ascent. No panoramic views on the way up, save through thick trees, but great views once you reach the ridge and approach Lafayette. Several minor stream crossings, stone steps (that can be slippery on descent), and passes through both golden-leaved birch and conifer forest. If you need a quiet hike on a single-file path, this is for you. Took us 7 hours roundtrip, with generous stops at the top and all along the way.

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Tuesday, August 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.

walking
Friday, August 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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

Myself, my 15 year old son and 10 year old daughter did this trail. It is a long hike on a humid day so bring plenty of water. The stone steps are pretty steep and slippery. It took us around 3 hrs to complete and we moved at a fairly moderate speed. Not a lot other than a large stream with moss covered stones to see and lots of conifer trees. We saw one person coming down on our way up. We passed only him on our way down. Maybe not best choice for scenery, but great for a hike.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Took this trail as an alternative decent from Mt Lafayette. It took forever and wasn't well groomed. Ended up regretting the decision.

walking
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.

hiking
Saturday, July 07, 2012

Outstanding trail. Clearly marked with blue blazes. Varied terrain with sections following a brook (several easy crossings), sections climbing steeply on stone steps, and sections with easy to moderate grade in fine stands of birch and coniferous trees. This trail has ample trailhead parking, is uncrowned even on weekends, and provides great access to the Garfield Ridge Trail on Franconia Ridge just 1km north and 700. Feet below the summit of Mt. Lafayette. Great views from the ridgeline! It took me 150 min from trailhead to summit of Lafayette. I usually complete trails at between 1/2 & 2/3 the time listed by the AMC guide ( which says 4+ hours for this hike) so your own correction factor for the AMC time is probably accurate for this trail too.

hiking
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.

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