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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Mt. Pemigewasset Trail
Route: Bike path, Mt. Pemigewasset Trail, (Mt. Pemigewasset), Mt. Pemigewasset Trail, bike path
After spending much of the week off my feet with a back/hip injury, I decided to get at least a little big of exercise. Weighing my options, I decided to do something that looked to be easy - maybe a grand or so of vertical and less than 4 miles of total distance. These requirements fit Mt. Pemigewasset perfectly - a peak that I had been intending to hike for awhile.
Arriving at the Flume Visitor Center, I navigated my way through the maze of parking lots to the northern most side. After suiting up, I headed up the snowmobile trail briefly, before hitting the Mt. Pemigewasset Trail.
The trail itself starts interestingly enough - three highway underpasses in rapid fire. After this, the trail starts rather gradually up the slope of the mountain, traversing to the north a bit.
My hip was getting a bit sore, but fortunately the trail was broken out - that is, until I passed just about the halfway point. After this, I was on my own - breaking trail all the way to the summit. The surface was about 3" of powder, on top of almost an inch of ice, on top of maybe half a foot of powder. Interesting combination!
Arriving at the wide ledges near the summit, the views were hindered with nearby snow flurries. Nonetheless, I-93 past Lincoln was easily seen. The views from the summit area were a bit better, as some blue sky could be seen through the clouds above Mt. Liberty and Mt. Lincoln.
The descent was a bit easier as I wasn't breaking trail. By the time I reached the highway I was ready to call it a day, as my hip was getting a bit sore again. I wonder if I can get can an AARP card 20+ years early with my aging body.
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The Mt. Pemigewasset Trail trailhead on the bike path
Looking at Mt. Liberty and Mt. Flume from the Mt. Pemigewasset summit
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 3 North to the Flume Visitor Center. The bike path to the trailhead is next to the furthest north row of parking spaces. Head north on the bike path - the Mt. Pemigewasset Trail trailhead is on the left shortly thereafter.
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