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Pemi Loop

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 5.0 (25) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A beautiful outing, circumnavigating the western half of the Pemigewasset Wilderness.


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Map Key

29.9

Miles

48.2

KM

Loop

5,190' 1,582 m

High

1,210' 369 m

Low

7,442' 2,268 m

Up

7,426' 2,263 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

76%

Max Grade (37°)

Dogs Leashed

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Overview

This loop is unforgettable, taking on some of the most beautiful terrain in the Whites. Once treeline is gained the entire loop can be viewed, making for a unique experience in tracking progress through the day.

The trail is mostly technical rock and root. Ascending is steep with some scrambling and stair sections. The ridge lines tend to be the less technical. The loop is made up of many other shorter sections and peaks. This makes for easy bail out options but also tends to crowd the singletrack later in the morning/afternoon. For the most enjoyable hiking, plan on starting early and catching the sunrise at the first peak. This will ensure a less crowded ridge line and easier hiking.

Need to Know

The terrain is technical and challenging.

Description

The route begins at the Lincoln Woods trailhead on the Kanc. From here, one can go clockwise or counterclockwise. Clockwise is more popular, taking on the rougher terrain early and allowing for a more "relaxing" second half. Counterclockwise will allow more retreat options later, at the cost of handling rough terrain later on.

From the trailhead, cross the bridge and head along the Lincoln Woods Trail. This is the widest that the trail gets as it is a former rail trail. At the 1.5-mile mark is where you need to decide if you are going CW or CCW. Stay north on the Lincoln Woods Trail for CCW or head westward on the Osseo Trail to start your ascent up Mount Flume (5.3 miles).

Continue on the Franconia Ridge to Mt Liberty, Little Haystack, then to Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Lafayette. Here the trail turns into the Garfield Ridge/ Appalachian Trail (AT) to Mount Garfield. Mile 15.5 is where you can stop in the Galehead Lodge for water and shelter. Continue on Twinway to South Twin Mountain and Mount Guyot. Leave the Appalachian Trail (AT) for the Bondcliff Trail up Mount Bond and Bondcliff. As you descend Bondcliff, you'll meet back up with the Lincoln Woods Trail which you'll take to head back to the trailhead.

Contacts

Shared By:

Billy Hafferty with improvements by Liz

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  5.0 from 25 votes

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Photos

Franconia Ridge
May 25, 2016 near Deerfield, NH
Franconia Ridge Trail.
Apr 14, 2016 near Deerfield, NH
Galehead hut, night view
Aug 1, 2018 near Deerfield, NH
Descending off of Mt. Lafayette.
Mar 25, 2015 near Deerfield, NH
A big cairn stands on Garfield Ridge as we climb up to Lafayette.
Jul 7, 2017 near Deerfield, NH
The summit of Lincoln offers a beautiful view looking south.
Jun 25, 2017 near Deerfield, NH

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Aug 9, 2020
Todd Burgman
Jul 28, 2020
Amanda McGuire
Oct 6, 2019
Eric Hemphill
29.9mi — 16h 30m
Sep 22, 2019
omar malavet
Aug 16, 2019
Araceli Munoz Chaira
started trail Friday and ended Sunday around 5pm. 3 days, 2 nights.
Aug 5, 2019
Curtis Li
good conditions 29.9mi — 55h 00m
Jul 26, 2019
Benjamin Quist
2 days with also hiking the nearby 4000s 36mi
Jul 12, 2019
Claudia Benito Alston
7h 11m