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    NH > Clockwise Pemi Loop > March 20,21,22.

    As the title says, planning a 2.5 day/2 night loop. Driving up from NJ after work Thursday, sleep in car at Lincoln Woods and get on trail before/at daybreak Friday morning. Set up camp somewhere after the Franconia Ridge on the first day, and camp after the Bonds on the second. Possibly do the usual spur trails to north twin and west bond depending on conditions and progress/how I feel. Anyone interested in joining? Going solo as of now.

    Jon

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    Good luck on your planned trip. A heads up before you get to the the trail head. There are signs at Lincoln woods letting you know that there is no sleeping in the cars, or camping at the Lincoln Woods parking lot.

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    Thanks, I'll just sit there peacefully.

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    I might be in

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    the bathroom is so warm ... ;-) and peaceful.

    I have just completed back to back weekends of Pemi Traverse from Zealand to Lincoln woods. Feeling a little beat up right now :-)
    Stealth camping is all fun and games until you have to take a dump.

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    It's a great hike! If i didn't already have some other hikes up that way scheduled i would join you.
    Great place to set up camp the first night is right by Garfield Pond. Theres a few nice spots just off the right side of the trail, plus you have the pond for water source. As for camping after the bonds it gets a bit tricky if you follow the forest protection rules. It makes for a very long day to get to a campable spot. When i did it i just said heck with it and continued the last few miles to the car.

    It's a great hike though. Good luck!

    Also, be sure to bring snowshoes. The trail will likely be pretty packed out but there are spots along the pemi loop that dont get much traffic and will need snowshoes.

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    Yeah I've been considering my options after the bonds and I knew it was gonna be tough to find a legal spot until I was only a few miles from th trail head. Might consider going counter clockwise to eliminate that problem. Don't want to get stuck with a big 3rd day with the drive home in mind.

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    +1 on the snowshoes. By March 20th the trails could be getting pretty soft during the day, leading to a postholing extravaganza.



    Quote Originally Posted by atrane21 View Post
    It's a great hike! If i didn't already have some other hikes up that way scheduled i would join you.
    Great place to set up camp the first night is right by Garfield Pond. Theres a few nice spots just off the right side of the trail, plus you have the pond for water source. As for camping after the bonds it gets a bit tricky if you follow the forest protection rules. It makes for a very long day to get to a campable spot. When i did it i just said heck with it and continued the last few miles to the car.

    It's a great hike though. Good luck!

    Also, be sure to bring snowshoes. The trail will likely be pretty packed out but there are spots along the pemi loop that dont get much traffic and will need snowshoes.
    Stealth camping is all fun and games until you have to take a dump.

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    It didn't even cross my mind to not bring snowshoes. It could be nice and warm with soft snow or cold and snowing or anything in between in late March.

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    One of my favorite loops but I have never hiked it thru in winter. I'll keep an eye on the weather as it seems to be moderating, at least this week and see as the schedule gets closer. All trails should be in good shape and packed with the exception of Garfield Ridge between Lafayette and Garfield which sees less traffic.

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