5 Easy Hikes near the Loj
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1. Mount Pemigewasset
Distance: 3.4 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 1600 ft.
Begin at the Flume Gorge Visitors Center, and follow signs for Mount Pemigewasset. Trail follows blue blazes and crosses a stream a few times. Hike ends on a rocky ledge with great views. Altogether a fairly easy, half day hike.
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Distance: 7.4 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 2550 ft
From the lodge, the Gorge Brook trail crosses the Baker River on a metal bridge. It continues alongside Gorge Brook, crossing twice before arriving at the Last Sure Water area in 1.4 miles. Note that the trail has been rerouted onto the Snapper Trail: follow the well marked signs! It then climbs more steeply, joining with an old logging road for a while before hitting a series of switchbacks. There are views of Jobildunk Ravine and then a long exposed section known as the Balcony before hitting East Peak, a ill-defined open area. After a short drop the trail hits treeline and approaches the summit.
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3. Mt Tecumseh
Distance: 6.2 miles (6.0 from Waterville)
Elevation Gain: 2400 ft. (2200 ft from Waterville)
There are two trails: one from Tripoli Rd, the other from Waterville ski area (note that Tripoli Rd is closer to the loj, but is closed in winter). From Tripoli Rd. trailhead, the trail meanders up through the woods.
Directions to Trailhead: From I-93, get off on Exit 31 (Tripoli Road) and head east on Tripoli Rd. Trailhead is 5.7 miles up Tripoli Rd.
Distance: 6.4 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 2060ft
Great hike option for beginner hikers who want to summit a 4000 footer. Relatively gentle grade up to summit, and on a clear day it is possibly to see 41 4000 footers from the top. Option to continue on to East Osceola and hike out to Kankamangus highway.
Directions to trailhead: MT. OSCEOLA TRAILHEAD VIA TRIPOLI ROAD: (2280') This road is usually closed from November to April to snowmobile traffic. From I-93, get off on Exit 31 (Tripoli Road) and head east on Tripoli Road to past the trailhead on the Mount Tecumseh Trail. Mt. Osceola is 7 miles on your left (WMNF Mandatory Fee).
5. Mount Chocoura
Distance: 7.4 round trip
Elevation gain: 2500 ft.
The Champney Falls Trail begins by the information board in the parking area. After crossing the footbridge over Twin Brook, the trail turns sharply to the right. Follow the gradual grade of an old logging road to Champney Brook. At 1.4 miles, a loop trail will branch off on the left to scenic Champney and Pitcher Falls. In .3 miles the loop will reconnect with the Champney Falls Trail, which becomes steeper. The first set of switchbacks is reached at 2.4 miles. At 3.0 miles the Middle Sister cutoff leads to the Middle Sister Trail. The Champney Falls Trail will reach a saddle and pass the Middle Sister Trail on the left. Soon the Champney Falls Trail ends at the junction of the Piper Trail, which will lead you to the summit in .06 mile.
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