Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
1,253.00 ft (381.91 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.40 mi (5.47 km)
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Mount Pemigewasset is a short hike to rewarding views in Franconia Notch State Park. The Mount Pemigewasset Trail begins at the north end of the Flume Visitor Center parking lot. The trail passes underneath Highway 93 before beginning the gradual ascent to the summit.

From the trailhead to the summit is 1.7 miles, which makes the round-trip distance 3.4 miles. The trail features bridges and stone stairs but remains a gradual hike the entire way with nothing very challenging.

The summit features rocky cliffs and beautiful views to the southwest. To return to your car, follow the Mount Pemigewasset Trail back the way you came. An alternate route to the summit would be to follow the Indian Head Trail using a trailhead further south on Highway 93.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Gradual gain. Summit views.

Cons

Parking lot can fill fast during weekends and summer.

Trailhead Elevation

1,333.00 ft (406.30 m)

Highest point

2,557.00 ft (779.37 m)

Features

Wildlife
Family friendly
Big vistas
Geologically significant
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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