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There are multiple ski routes through the Pemigewasset, starting both from the Lincoln Woods and Zealand Notch Trailheads. For more information on skiing this beautiful wilderness, look at David Goodman's Backcountry Skiing Adventures: Classic Ski and Snowboard Tours in Maine and New Hampshire.

Driving Directions

Take I-91 north to exit 17. Take US 302 until it hits NH 112. Go through Lincoln and continue until you reach the Lincoln Woods Trailhead on your left.

Skiing Directions

Mount Hitchcock Loop

Take the East Branch Trail from the Lincoln Woods parking lot. Follow the trail until you reach the junction with the Wilderness Trail and Cedar Brook Trail. Turn right onto the Cedar Brook Trail and follow it to the Hancock Notch Trail. Take the Hancock Notch Trail to the Hancock Notch parking lot. To maximize downhill skiing, start from the Hancock Notch parking lot and ski this loop the other direction. Approximately 12 mi.

Trip Reports

2/4/12Leaders: Will Bishop '12, Annie Laurie Mauhs-Pugh '14 Group Anya Gleizer, Wouter Zwart, Joey Gabianelli, Lexi Krupp, Sam Stratton, Eddie Harvey Weather The weather was gorgeous, around 26 F and sunny. The day started cold but warmed up in the sun. Trail Conditions There was a few inches of powder on top of a solid but slightly icy base. However, in a few places the trail was washed out and we had to ski around water until we found the path again. The bridges to the Wilderness Trail are also out. Note that there are some steep hills that are difficult for beginner skiers to get down. Trip We were late getting out and only had one vehicle, due to Vox Office issues. With only one van we couldn't do the full Hitchcock Notch Loop that we had planned, and instead skied out to the junction with the Cedar Brook Trail and turned around. The weather was astonishingly beautiful and much fun was had by all. There were a number of falls getting down the hill from the Cedar Brook Trail junction, but we became expert butt skiers.