Mount Pemigewasset Trail (Indian Head)
"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity... and mountain parks are useful not only as fountains of timber but fountains of life." -John Muir
This was a great trail for a quiet Tuesday morning. With snow in the forecast i was a little nervous about venturing into the white mountains, but of coarse i didn't let a little snow stop me.
I decided on a shorter trail just in case we actually did receive 4-8 inches of snow that i had heard we would be unwillingly gifted. As it turns out we did not get anything more than a dusting.
As I drove into Franconia Notch a moment of fear came over me as i could see the mountain tops completely snow covered. It was beautiful yet terrifying all at the same time. How could something so beautiful invoke so much fear and make me feel so small? I continued towards my destination feeling thankful that I had chosen a shorter and relatively easier trail than what I had been hiking.
After locating the trail head the weather seemed a little more promising and the snow did not seem so ominous. The trail started out very easy winding and curving along the mountain crossing a couple small streams. The trail naturally got stepper as I went on, but nothing too strenuous.
As I neared the top it was evident that it had snowed the night before. The forest rained with melting snow and occasionally i was splattered with a slushy snowball from the trees above.
And then I finally reached the overlook. It was beautiful as I could see snowy mountains tops and the quaint little town of Lincoln below.
This was a nice little hike with a great view. This would be a great trail for kids and dogs.
Mount Pemigewasset Trail:
Elevation Gain: 1250 ft
Location: Lincoln, New Hampshire
Distance: 3.7 miles out and back
Time Frame: 2-3 hours moving
Rating: Easy-Moderate depending on skill level
Great family hike!
" It is in the still silence of nature where one will find true bliss." - J.J.C