Sunday Hikes:  The Mt Pemigewasset Trail

It was a cold, crisp November morning in Franconia Notch State Park in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  I parked at the Flume Gorge parking lot and started down the 3.3 mile round trip trail.  The trail goes through three tunnels under the access road and I-93 before heading west towards the summit of Mt. Pemigewasset.  

It had rained heavily the previous few days,    so the trail was very muddy in spots and had a several small streams that were much more prominent than usual.  The first mile goes through mostly hardwood forest with a lot of the granite rocks commonly found in the White Mountains.  

After a pretty easy beginning the trail starts to seriously ascend with about 1500 feet in elevation gain.  Soon you start to come into more fir trees.  About half a mile from the summit I started to see little ice curls in the trail which really fascinated me.  I wondered how they were formed.  

Soon, I crested the summit as I walked out onto a granite bald facing southwest.  It was solemn and I enjoyed the quiet solitude.  There are expansive views of the forest below surrounded by other mountains.  Off to the south you can see I-93 weaving through the notch.

After soaking up the beauty at the top of Mt Pemigewasset, I started to descend and passed several groups who were working their way up to the top. I really enjoyed this hike and I’d like to do it again in the summer.  rk

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