The loop sections that are not frequented by day hikers are significantly overgrown. 1472 Bear River Road / Route 26 Newry, Maine 04261 • 207-824-2292 . We camped Saturday night at the Bull Run Campsite (2 miles south of Old Speck Mountain), which had all the same amenities as the Bald Mountain campsite. Next day was around 14 miles to Lane Campground. If you are interested in maintaining a section, please see the Baldpate District in the current vacancy section of our Trail Maintainer Page. Western Section, to AT parking lot in Grafton Notch The trail leaves Route 26 and continues 17.1 miles to the summit of East Baldpate where it intersects with the Appalachian Trail. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites . Thanks to the AMC and the Grafton Loop Trail Coalition, 30 miles of new trails were built since 2002. Day 157 Start: Grafton Notch parking area Finish: Bushcamp near Surplus Pond AT Miles Hiked Today: 12.2 Overall AT Miles Hiked: 1,934.1 Miles To Go Until Katahdin: 255.0 I woke up to my alarm at 4:15am. Zoom in to see details. Never done this one before.. we went up the eyebrow trail (the northern one), hit the peak at 3 1/2 hours at a leisurely pace, spent maybe 20 mins at top, and took about 2 1/2 hours down. I parked my car at the Rattle River Trailhead just off Rt 2, outside of Gorham, NH, and waited for my ride up to the trail head in Grafton Notch about 35 miles north. Eyebrow Trail in red (at the north end of the map); Grafton Loop Trail in blue. It's a stiff descent to the pond, with steepish exposed ledges that call for sticky tread, hands, and a head for heights. trailhead for the southwestern portion of the Grafton Loop Trail by walking approximately 0.75 miles south on Rt. All Rights Reserved. The trail hikes over open rock with wooden planks traversing fragile alpine vegetation. From the Grafton Loop Trailhead, the closest campsite on the eastern section is 5 miles from the road, on the other side of 3,000-foot Puzzle Mountain. ... Map Key Favorites Check-Ins. First five miles are up hill. We had lunch at the Sargent Brook campsite, which didn't have any water source we could find. The park lies amidst some of Maine's most spectacular mountains, the Mahoosuc Mountain Range, and offers rugged terrain for back-country hikers including close to 5 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Grafton Notch State Park has waterfalls, a cave and a couple of big mountains. Grafton Notch State Park is located on Route 26 between Newry and Upton, Maine, and offers opportunities for sightseeing, picnicking, and hiking on its 3,000 acres of beautiful natural terrain. Free Wi-Fi is accessible. We then went up and over the Sunday River Whitecap, which was the only section above the tree line. A joint effort between the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, the Grafton Loop Trail was completed around 2007 as an approximately 40 mile backpacking loop trail on either side of Grafton Notch State Park in Maine. ... 7.0 mi 11.3 km • 2,725' Up 830.46 m Up • 2,724' Down 830.31 m Down. The Notch proper is about 12 miles north of Route 2 on Rt 26 headed towards Errol, NH. The water source is a brook, which was pretty dried up, but we were able to walk up the creek bed and find a fairly deep and clear pool for our bottles/dinner. We actually arrived at the summit by 'accident'; we heard some voices, turned a corner, and were there! Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center encourages mountain bike riders to support trail access by joining their local VMBA chapter. Directions to Grafton Notch Campground. Trail in Grafton Notch SP, ME. A wild, remote setting (albeit with a shelter and outhouse) and a swim that was invigorating and bracing even in late August. From Bethel: Follow Route 2 East to Newry Corner (Routes 2 & 26) Turn left. Hiked this today (3/11/18). Length: 38.6 milesLocation: Western Maine on the ridges and peaks surrounding the Bear River Valley, Grafton Notch, and Maine Route 26Trail Type: LoopScenery: Forests and brooks with small waterfalls give way to numerous open summits with views across western Maine’s rugged mountains, especially the Mahoosuc Range, and into New Hampshire to the Presidential RangeApproximate Time to Hike: Most can comfortably fi… Please try again. Grafton Notch lies in Western Maine, along the border with New Hampshire, just east of Mahoosuc Notch. Campground is on the left. Success! The eastern side of Route 26 is the longer (21.1 miles) and more difficult section of the Grafton Loop Trail. Free printable topographic map of Hancock Notch Trail in Grafton County, NH including photos, elevation & GPS coordinates. The trail, which connects to the Appalachian Trail at Old Speck and the East Peak of Baldpate Mountain on either side of ME Route 26, highlights the natural features and mountain peaks of the area encircling Bear River Valley. But the views are lovely from the ridge, as you can look all the way down the notch. Highly recommend Lane campground, it has a waterfall and small pools to take a dip (chilly but soothing). I would recommend using eyebrow on the way up as it is steep in places. I have also hiked the Baldpates from Grafton Notch and the views are excellent from the summit of the east peak which is … The AMC map is more up to date, but the MATC version has trail distances. A-Z Trail is in the Trails category for Grafton County in the state of New Hampshire. The map I had showed the trail going right across the road, and other maps I had seen showed that the trailhead I started at was a couple of tenths down the road to the west. Great views on puzzle mountain. Inspiring! The southern trailhead is located just north of where Eddy Road meets Route 26 in Newry, Maine. GPS Position for this AREA is set for the AT Parking Lot. 26 (Bear River Rd.) Ahead, the trail descends to Grafton Notch and a popular trailhead along the road. We hiked just the western portion of the loop on 9/18-20/2020 as our first ever backpacking trip (though we've put some 10-15 mile day hikes in our books this summer). Map. Fun hike. 26 (Bear River Rd.) Sign Up or Log In. Grafton Notch State Park: Table Rock and Baldpate Mountain, The Eyebrow and Old Speck, Grafton Loop Trail. Spectacular views from Old Speck and Baldpate peaks, though getting down Old Speck and up the last .5 of Baldpate were probably the toughest bits of the whole loop. Several interesting attractions are conveniently located on scenic Route 26. Beautiful area and well maintained trails. Connect with Facebook. It is 4 miles from there, south on the AT back to Route 26 and the large trailhead parking lot in Grafton Notch State Park. A short spur trail leads to the official summit, the fourth-highest peak in the state and the highest in the Mahoosuc Range. Read all 196 reviews Full view Grafton Notch State Park is a premier recreational destination off of ME-26 in Newry. Explore. My daughter , 20 and myself started at 9:40am and returned at 4:15 taking breaks and pictures along the way. It has been years since my wife and I have hiked this trail. Absolutely gorgeous day hiking on the Table Rock Trail of the Appalachian Trail in Grafton Notch State Park. We camped Friday night at the Bald Mountain Campsite (2 miles from Rt 26) which had 2 wooden tent platforms, designated kitchen area with bear box, and composting outhouse. In 2011, a new 1.8-mile side trail off the GLT was opened. Also recommend starting early as while it is a very shaded trail, once the sun is up, the trail gets hot. Grafton Notch is open seasonally from May 15th to October 15th from 9:00 am to sunset. Several interesting attractions are conveniently located on scenic Route 26. We found the AT section to be the most strenuous, the view from Sunday River Whitecap to be the best, and the summit approach for Old Speck to be our favorite stretch. It is Northeast of Bethel, Maine on 26. The summit view was obscured by clouds, but it was a great hike nonetheless. It has become an increasingly popular destination for hikers and backpackers wishing to hike a loop. Campground is on the left. We were there for Table Rock, but I didn't realize that you had to cross the street from the parking lot to access the trail directly! It was a very well marked, nice trail. Funding was provided by several private donors and foundations, as well as by the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and federal Recreational Trails Program funding. Grafton Notch State Park is located on Route 26 between Newry and Upton, Maine, and offers opportunities for sightseeing, picnicking, and hiking on its 3,000 acres of beautiful natural terrain. Well-maintained trail, generally soft underfoot rather than rock-strewn, with helpful stairs in some steeper sections. In Grafton Notch State Park, part of the Maine Birding Trail, birdwatchers can observe peregrine falcons, a wide variety of songbirds, and – at higher elevations – northern forest species. Trail was marked, including signs for upcoming camp sites. This significant trail-building effort was done over a six-year period by members of the Grafton Loop Trail Coalition, which includes the Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Maine Conservation Corps, Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, several timber management companies, Sunday River Ski Resort, and other private landowners. Grafton Notch State Park is located on Route 26 between Newry and Upton, Maine, and offers opportunities for sightseeing, picnicking, and hiking on its 3,000 acres of beautiful natural terrain. Several interesting attractions are conveniently located on scenic Route 26. Google Map Quest or buy a map of Maine. Grafton Notch is a notch, or mountain pass, located in Oxford County, Maine.The notch demarks the northeastern end of the Mahoosuc Range, and thus of the White Mountains. Not many other hikers on the loop, lots of day hikers near trailheads on 26. Sunday's summiting of Old Speck was my favorite part of the hike; super gentle inclines through some beautiful forests. Click on a parking icon to get custom directions. The Grafton Loop Trail, in the Mahoosucs Range of Western Maine, is one of the newest major trails to be built in New England. The trails up Old Speck and Eyebrow Loop leave from the parking area and kiosk on the west side of ME-26. OR. This is a tough little trail! Friday night we parked at the southern parking lot 985 Maine 26, Newry, ME 04261 Near intersection of Rt 26 and Eddy Rd and hiked the 0.5ish mile south from parking lot to the Grafton Loop Trailhead (44.530831,-70.825252) Parking is not allowed here at this trailhead, hence the road hike. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. FYI that in early July there can be a lot of flies hatching/in general lots of bugs especially at the lookout tower at the top. From the junction of Route 2 and Route 26, travel North on Route 26 (towards Grafton Notch State Park) 4.7 miles and turn right into a gravel parking area. View from Sunday River White Cap was phenomenal! From the parking area, follow the white-blazed Appalachian Trail southbound along Cascade Brook. Hikers wanting to avoid the rungs and ladders can go up and back on the AT portion for a 2.6-mile round-trip. A-Z Trail is in the Trails category for Grafton County in the state of New Hampshire. Grafton Notch Scenic Byway bisects the Park and several pull-offs highlight interesting natural features. Heading northward, the next highlight is Grafton Notch, a convenient mountain pass sliced open by glaciers about 12,000 years ago. Bethel Maine is 26 miles East of Gorham N.H. via Route2. If you are interested in helping to maintain the GLT, please contact MATC Baldpate District Overseer Tom Gorrill at woodencanoeboy@gmail.com or (207) 657-4249; or Kim Marion, AMC North Country Volunteer Coordinator at 603-466-2721 X192. With Old Speck Mountain topping out at 4,170 feet and Baldpate Mountain East Peak (3,780 ft.) and West Peak (3,662 ft.), a lot of occasional hikers might be intimidated. Currently there seems to be plenty of water. Map Key Favorites Check-Ins. In the winter, adventurous snowshoers and cross-country skiers enjoy exploring ungroomed trails. Oh and it was HOT!. There's a very pretty brook with a little waterfall that you cross to get to the campsite from the trail. There would have been a great view at the summit if it weren't for the cloud, but we had fun anyway! Thanks to the AMC and the Grafton Loop Trail Coalition, 30 miles of new trails were built since 2002. We left our house in Gorham at 4AM, taking two cars, we left her car at the southern trailhead on ME 26 for a resupply, as this is where the Grafton Loop Trail crosses the road about 21 miles into our 38 mile hike. Grafton Notch State Park Biking. Overview. 26 by walking south on Route 26 for .5 miles to the trail sign on the road. We had both campsites to ourselves each night, but crossed paths with a few other hikers and groups on both Saturday and Sunday. We think it’s called the Eyebrow Trail because the trail curves over an exposed cliff with rock grains that are curved like an eye. The park lies amidst some of Maine's most spectacular mountains, the Mahoosuc Mountain Range, and offers rugged terrain for back-country hikers including close to 5 miles of the Appalachian Trail. I ended up running back and forth under the hot sun before finally getting back to my car at 8:41:05, but I … Hiked 7/20/16, took eyebrow , was perfect to get the heart pumping, and I would not take younger hikers on, joined up with the old speck trail to top. There was an issue with your submission. Bethel, ME. Connect with Facebook. Climb the observation tower as the views are impressive and you can see above the tree lines. Eyebrow Trail in red (at the north end of the map); Grafton Loop Trail in blue. OR. The west loop from 26 up to Old Spec's fire tower was fine. Four campsites between Puzzle and Baldpate. Eastern Section to AT parking lot in Grafton Notch: Trail poorly marked. Bring water and a snack. My husband and I hiked just to the summit of Old Speck from the parking area with our dog on 20 September 2015. My sister, brother in law and I were making the 3 hour drive back to Grafton Notch from New Hampshire, where they picked me up yesterday from the airport. I can see that on an icy sort of day it would not be much fun! Most of the loop’s route can be seen from the summit, including Old Speck, Grafton Notch, the Baldpates, and nearly all of the eastern half of the loop. It may be accessed from the Grafton Loop trailhead on Rt. We saw a moose, an owl, plenty of toads, and some beautiful birds! Worst part of the trail was the 0.6 miles of road you have to walk to return back to the parking lot. While still steep, this avoids climbing down steep sections. Had a fantastic experience on this trail. I wish I could do it again. View a map of this area and more on Natural Atlas. The summit and tower are reached by a 0.3-mile spur reached at approximately 3.5 miles from the trailhead. Was a hot buggy trip. We took the Eyebrow Trail and then joined up with AT Trail (old Speck Trail) to the summit and back to the Trail head. The payoff is the pond itself. Highly recommend this hike if you are looking for a great workout as well as an amazing view! Tough elevation but worth it in the end! Might be especially tricky for younger children with short legs. The section of trail over Puzzle Mountain is mostly on land owned by the Mahoosuc Land Trust and permanently protected from development. Stream dried up at Stewart so make sure to fill up at the stream at the base of Puzzle. I would recommend everyone hike this trail about .4 miles as it takes you to the edge of the very windy mountain side and the views are equal to the summit views. The 6 days off for the … 1472 Bear River Road / Route 26 Newry, Maine 04261 • 207-824-2292 . I will hike it again in the Fall and recommend it . We enjoyed our hike up Old Speck this weekend and it was very beautiful on the way up. I helped build the trails here in 1994! We did it in 3 days but have talked to folks that have done it in 2-4 days. The Grafton Loop Trail (GTL) is located on both sides of Route 26 and links with the AT on Baldpate Mountain and on Old Speck. My daughter and I took the opportunity to climb Old Speck on Veterans Day (11/11/15). Many family history in Grafton first class. Always filled with nice scenery changing from rocky little water ways to small green trees to ice covering some of the path but the view is all worth it at the top with a large welded fire tower structure to climb with beautiful views of Sunday River, the Whites, Berlin, and Lake Umbagog. The trail is a rugged, remote backcountry trail, much of it on private land. The Grafton Loop is a roughly 39 mile, 9 summit hiking loop formed by connecting a portion of the Appalachian trail with the Grafton Loop Trail. ... Google Map. Our nights were cold, in the 30F's, but reasonable with the gear we had. A-Z Trail is displayed on the Crawford Notch USGS quad topo map. Search. Bethel (11.5 miles from Grafton Notch State Park) Open for all four seasons, this Bethel inn offers can accommodate hikers from the Appalachian Trail. Avalon Trail is displayed on the Crawford Notch USGS quad topo map. The trail crosses many streams then ascends the north shoulder, rising out of the woods and offering frequent views of the Notch. Privys were functional and the campsites are solid. The eastern side of Route 26 is the longer (21.1 miles) and more difficult section of the Grafton Loop Trail. Please try again. The AMC map is more up to date, but the MATC version has trail distances. The Appalachian Trail goes through GNSP. OR. The Grafton Loop Trail is a 38.6 mile, backcountry hiking experience in the Mahoosuc Mountains of Maine. Delight in skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, fat biking, and sleigh rides in the winter, or visit in the summer for mountain biking, swimming, and hiking. I ended up running back and forth under the hot sun before finally getting back to my car at 8:41:05, but I proposed that the FKT stop at the road at 8:30:42. The trail leaves from the end of this parking area at the sign. The renowned Grafton Notch Scenic Byway bisects the Park and several pull-offs highlight interesting natural features. After Sunday River Whitecap, the trail skirts the slide on Slide Mountain, descends slightly into the upper Bull Branch (of the Sunday River) valley, and finally climbs the southern flank of Old Speck to reconnect with the AT. The trail was clearly not kept up this year, very overgrown particularly between Old Speck summit and slide campgrounds. This 38.6-mile loop trail located in the Mahoosuc Mountain Range of Maine was completed in 2007. ... From Sunday River Whitecap, the Grafton Loop Trail descends into Miles Notch, elevation 2,350 feet, and after cutting through the notch, begins a long and gradual climb up an arm of Old Speck Mountain. At Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center, you’ll find activities, recreation, and events sure to entertain the entire family. Log in or create an account below to unlock all the great features of Maine trail finder: keep track of trails you want to do, preserve memories of trails you’ve done, earn badges, and more! Directions to Grafton Notch Campground. Go 7 miles north on Rt. A joint effort between the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, the Grafton Loop Trail was completed around 2007 as an approximately 40 mile backpacking loop trail on either side of Grafton Notch State Park in Maine. Avalon Trail is in the Trails category for Grafton County in the state of New Hampshire. Title: GLT brochure map.FH11 Author: lgarland Created Date: 3/8/2010 9:19:24 AM The first parts of the trail were open in 2003, so it is very new, and I did not have a whole lot of information other than the Grafton Loop Trail Map from the AMC's page about the loop, which was the only map I needed during this trip.The trail passes over Old Speck Mountain, a … A new password has been emailed to you. Trail was not well blazed and in the open hardwood sections, overgrown. We would absolutely do it again, hopefully doing the full loop next year. These awesome businesses support our goal of connecting people to outdoor adventures in Maine! We drank 6 12oz waters each and put on a long sleeve shirt twice as the temps change near the summit and on the way to the pond. I took my teenage son to Grafton Notch to do some hiking today. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/maine/grafton-notch-trail Old Speck Trail (7.6 miles round trip, advanced): Old Speck Trail is a challenging hike with spectacular views from an open observation tower at the summit. No additional water until you get to the other side of Bald Mtn. The Woodsum Spur traverses the open ledges around the summit of Puzzle before returning to the GLT. This is a moderate one way trail in Grafton Notch State Park. The AMC map is more up to date, but the MATC version has trail distances. We think it’s called the Eyebrow Trail because the trail curves over an … Did the loop clockwise in 4 days, 3 nights. Next day was 8.3 across Long and up Puzzle (very steep) to Stewart campsite for the final night. The only issue for us was we didn't encounter any water between the base of Stowe Mountain and the Slide Mountain campsite. Please be aware that facilities are closed during the off season. © 2021 Maine Trail Finder. The Grafton Notch/Mahoosuc area encompasses some of Maine’s most spectacular mountain terrain. All of the streams were full and the trail had ankle deep water. I found the trail up Puzzle to be fine but less interesting than the western half of the loop. It felt a bit like glamping, which we enjoyed given our newbie status. By Type. My grandfather was night watchman leaves on old spot for 7 seasons. Please place the admission fee in the self-service collection canister. View the "Old Speck Mountain - Appalachian Trail and Eyebrow Loop Trail" guide online here. Final day was 4.9 back to the car! Lots of PUDS but great view from Sunday River Whitecap. Grafton Notch Scenic Byway bisects the Park and several pull-offs highlight interesting natural features. But the views are lovely from the ridge, as you can look all the way down the notch. Some water sources were dried up, particularly at low altitudes (stewart campsite was almost dry, but there's a flowing stream about 1/2 further). Grafton Notch State Park and Mahoosuc Public Lands West Side of Route 26 • Old Speck Trail (7.6 miles, 7 hours, challenging) affords spectacular views from an open observation tower at the summit. There is a campsite (Bull Run) 1.9 miles from Old Spec with water and another campsite (Slide) 2.1 miles further with marginal water. You really had to watch your feet to stay on the trail. Interested in learning more about trails in Maine? This is a tough little trail! 26 from the parking area. After the hike we headed to Step Falls for a frigid but fun swim ♥️ Screw Auger Falls were really nice, as the setting was really different than most other falls I have seen so far. From here, it heads across a field to a snowmobile bridge across the Bear River. This 38.6-mile loop trail located in the Mahoosuc Mountain Range of Maine was completed in 2007. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites . Highly recommend. The trail then follows a series of minor peaks before traversing Sunday River Whitecap. 2.2 miles round-trip from the junction where the short spur to Old Speck summit leaves Old Speck Trail. Portions of the trail traverse both Maine’s Grafton Notch State Park as well as a good deal of private land. Natural Heritage Hikes is a project of the Maine Natural Areas Program in partnership with Maine Trail Finder. Grafton Notch State Park and Mahoosuc Public Reserve Land, Trails, Hike, ATV, Appalachian ... 2010-07-19 Contribute corrections. The eastern half of the GLT consists of a 21-mile arc that leaves Route 26 in Newry, Maine, and returns to the road in Grafton Notch State Park via four miles on Appalachian Trail (AT). In the woods nearly the whole trip. This site is great! Some blowdowns. The Grafton Loop Trail (GTL) is located on both sides of Route 26 and links with the AT on Baldpate Mountain and on Old Speck. Water is available at each campsite. GPS Position for this AREA is set for the AT Parking Lot. Trail was fine to Puzzle but lots of blowdowns between Puzzle and Baldpate. Bethel Maine is 26 miles East of Gorham N.H. via Route2. We only hiked to Puzzle Mountain, but the trail and views were amazing! Sargent Brook Campsite was dry. Trail is nice and broken, really easy to follow except in the windy area where there were drifts. Grafton Notch lies in Western Maine, along the border with New Hampshire, just east of Mahoosuc Notch. The open summit offers 360 degree views and is arguably the best vista on the loop. The Grafton Notch/Mahoosuc area encompasses some of Maine’s most spectacular mountain terrain. Eyebrow Loop Trail (2.2 miles round trip, advanced): The Eyebrow Loop Trail rises steeply to a 2,900-foot shelf-overlook on Old Speck Mountain. The trail gently rises as it passes through a stand of hardwood trees until it reaches a steeper cliff section. It was definitely on the rugged side with lots of sort of boulder stair stepping. Campsites were in fair shape with Privy's. Grafton Notch is a magnificent mountain pass in Southwestern Maine, a short drive from Gorham, NH, the last major trail town that Appalachian Trail thru-hikers visit before leaving New Hampshire. Grafton Notch State Park is a state park in Maine. Route 26 runs through the middle of the notch and it can easily be reached from the Lakes Region in about three hours. Check out the newest articles in MTF Stories! What a great saving on mileage and time finding out about this approach. Indeed, water and snack a must! The Notch proper is about 12 miles north of Route 2 on Rt 26 headed towards Errol, NH. Super very unfriendly trail abutters across from western loop trailhead... campsites were clean not busy. From Rumford/Farmington: Follow Route 2 West to Newry Corner (Routes 2 & 26) Turn right. This loop was awesome, absolutely would recommend! Old Speck and Speck Pond trip from Route 26 in late August. Grafton Notch Trail is a 33.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newry, Maine that features a river and is rated as difficult. What a fine hike! Grafton Notch State Park, Bethel: Address, Phone Number, Grafton Notch State Park Reviews: 5/5 Please prepare accordingly. We hiked the trail to speck pond , it was challenging after the hike up. This peak is an easy dayhike and sees more visitors. Coming from US-2, the trailhead and parking area will be on the left. It had absolutely STUNNING views and I would suggest it to anyone hiking the loop as a point to enjoy. From Rumford/Farmington: Follow Route 2 West to Newry Corner (Routes 2 & 26) Turn right. Your log in attempt was not successful. Portions of the orange-blazed ascent involve ladders and steel rungs. Hancock Notch Trail is a hiking, trail running, walking adventure located in or near Grafton County, NH. The trail is a rugged, remote backcountry trail, and much of it is on private land. Enter your username, and we will send you a new, randomly generated password to your email account. No thanks." OR. This trail is not for the faint hearted as I have done it four times. Screw Auger Falls Trail. With Old Speck Mountain topping out at 4,170 feet and Baldpate Mountain East Peak (3,780 ft.) and West Peak (3,662 ft.), a lot of occasional hikers might be intimidated. Sign Up or Log In. Countless PUDS but the views are spectacular. And just to illustrate the ruggedness of the area, Appalachian Trail hikers find the Grafton Notch region of the 2000 mile trail the most challenging. My friend Marc picked me up about 15 minutes later, but not until after two other vehicles had stopped to offer me rides. Anyone who is interested in visiting A-Z Trail can print the free topographic map and street map using the link above. In Grafton Notch State Park, part of the Maine Birding Trail, birdwatchers can observe peregrine falcons, a wide variety of songbirds, and - at higher elevations - northern forest species. took us about 7 hours up and down. Had a little water on the way up. I had the Grafton Trail to myself. - Whitney and I celebrated Independence Day with a bang by hiking the Grafton Notch Loop. good decline to start difficult but doable climb to white cap gentle climb down to Sargent Brooke camp.

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