Time  7 hours 34 minutes

Coordinates 671

Uploaded July 14, 2016

Recorded July 2016

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near Ketchum, Maine (United States)

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Stage 167

⇐ Link to the previous stage: 166 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - NEW HAMPSHIRE and MAINE -Section 1.1-Gentian Pond Shelter to Mt. Succes, Mt. Carlo and Full Goose Shelter
⇒ Link to the next stage: 168 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - MAINE - Section 7.4 - From the Speck Pond Shelter to the Old Speck Mountain and Grafton Notch, route ME-26

Tour of the Appalachian Trail (Appalachian Trail), passing through the state of Maine (United States), from south to north, from the Full Goose Shelter (located on the hill between the North Peak and the South Peak of the Goose Mountain), and the Speck Pond Shelter (located between the Mahoosuc Arm and the Old Speck Mountain), on the stretch of the trail known as the Mahoosuc Range.

The stage corresponds to section 7.5 according to the distribution of maps and official guides of the TA in the state of Maine.

It is a short stage, but it is the two most difficult route of the entire Appalachian Trail: the section known as Mahoosuc Notch.

The day is rainy, so there is little visibility, and the weather forecast warns of a possible storm in the afternoon.

We started the march in the Full Goose Shelter, a refuge managed by the Appalachian Mountain Club, and that is usually used by most of the walkers who walk the road to the north, to spend the night before facing the aforementioned section of the Mahoosuc Notch.

Leaving behind the refuge, located at an altitude of 3,030 feet, begins a short climb to the top of the southern peak of Goose Mountain, with 3,395 feet. From this point, we descend very steeply down the slope of the mountain, towards the bottom of the gap or very closed valley that form the Fulling Mill Mountain and the Mahoosuc Arm.

These two great mountains of granitic rock have undergone the weathering process for millions of years, due to the effect of water, ice, temperature, tree roots and many other natural factors, and as a result, they have been detached of its almost vertical cliffs, large blocks of stone that have been occupying, one upon another, the bed of the valley.

This large gap covered by irregular blocks of large rocks, and with little exposure to the sun, preserves in its bottom and in the slits that remain between the same rocks, an almost permanent ice base, as we have seen in mid-July , and that sometimes produces the sensation of being walking, in the middle of summer, on a huge freezer.

The Appalachian Trail crosses this mass of rocks for more than two kilometers, and for this it is necessary to go up, down, climb, jump, crawl, crawl upside down and upside down, above, below and between all of them, passing in occasions by very narrow gaps that with difficulty allow the passage of a person, and that therefore force to detach frequently from the backpack and walk very slowly. It takes more than two hours to travel this section, and small injuries and scratches are common, so it is necessary to exercise caution.

At the end of Nahoosuc Notch, the trail reaches a small mountain stream, the Bull Branch (2,150 feet), and begins a very steep and rocky climb to the summit of Nahoosuc Arm (3,770 feet).

They are another two kilometers in which the AT saves an important slope of more than 1,500 feet, with some difficult rock steps, passing, on the way to the top, through an area of little slope in which numerous rocks have also accumulated detached from the walls of the Nohoosuc Arm, which form a conglomerate of large stones similar to the one we found when crossing the Notch, and which some call Notch Two.

The area near the summit has an important surface of clean rock, without soil or vegetation, but in the descent (much shorter and gradual) abound small shrubs, mosses, lichens and plants of all kinds, typical of the Alpine regions .

A short distance from the top, we reach a lake or reservoir known as Speck Pond, with a pleasant walk around it, and on its shore there is a shelter also managed by the Appalachian Mountain Club (the Speck Pond Shelter), with capacity for 8 people, several camping platforms, latrine, nearby water supply, metal storage box, etc. A good place to spend the night.

When we are already installed already covered, the storm forecast for the afternoon broke out, and it rained heavily. We arrived just in time.

IBP Index: 68 HKG
Total distance: 7.58 Km
Desn. Cumulative climb: 639.93 m
Desn. cumulative descent: 512.35 m
Maximum height: 1149.33 m
Minimum height: 668.51 m
Total time: 7:34:50 h
Time in movement: 3:50:11 h
Stopped time: 3:44:39 h
Total average speed: 1 Km / h
Average speed in movement: 1.98 Km / h

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Shelter

Full Goose Shelter

Full Goose Shelter
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Sendero en pequeña cima

Sendero en pequeña cima
Summit

Cima del Goose Mountain (South Peak). 3.395 pies

Cima del Goose Mountain (South Peak). 3.395 pies
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En la bajada del East Peak

En la bajada del East Peak
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Vista limitada hacia el norte y otro tramo de descenso

Vista limitada hacia el norte y otro tramo de descenso
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Intersection

Cruce con el Notch Trail. Inicio del Nahoosuc Notch. Hielo entre las rocas

Cross with the Notch Trail. Start of the Nahoosuc Notch. Ice between the rocks
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Nahoosuc Notch. Primeros pasos entre rocas

Nahoosuc Notch. Primeros pasos entre rocas
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Nahoosuc Notch. Por arriba, por abajo y entre rocas....todo un reto

Nahoosuc Notch. Por arriba, por abajo y entre rocas....todo un reto
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Nahoosuc Notch. Más pasos bajo y entre las rocas

Nahoosuc Notch. Más pasos bajo y entre las rocas
River

Término este del Nahoosuc Notch y río (Bull Branch)

Término este del Nahoosuc Notch y río (Bull Branch)
River

Arroyo. Un buen sitio para descansar un poco

Arroyo. Un buen sitio para descansar un poco
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Notch Two

Notch Two
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Subida empinada y rocosa

Subida empinada y rocosa
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La subida continúa

La subida continúa
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Más subida

Más subida
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Último tramo a la cima de Mahoosuck Arm

Último tramo a la cima de Mahoosuck Arm
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Poco antes de la cima del Mahoosuc Arm. Sin vistas por la niebla

Poco antes de la cima del Mahoosuc Arm. Sin vistas por la niebla
Summit

Cima del Mahoosuc Arm (3.770 pies)

Cima del Mahoosuc Arm (3.770 pies)
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Bonita y gradual bajada

Bonita y gradual bajada
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Singular peñasco, seguramente con muy buenas vistas

Singular peñasco, seguramente con muy buenas vistas
Lake

Speck Pond

Speck Pond
Shelter

Speck Pond Shelter. Refugio y lago

Speck Pond Shelter. Refugio y lago.

5 comments

  • Photo of Rattle Bells

    Rattle Bells Nov 5, 2016

    Esa ¨milla asesina¨ del Mahoosuc Notch debe ser bien difícil y divertida. Tengo entendido que es la etapa más difícil del sendero de los Apalaches. !Enhorabuena!

  • Photo of ladylady

    ladylady Apr 2, 2017

    ¡¡Enhorabuena por completar esta etapa tan difícil!! Suerte que llegasteis al refugio antes de que estallase la tormenta. Muchas gracias por compartirlo. :)

  • Photo of ladylady

    ladylady Apr 2, 2017

    Es una etapa muy difícil y Pablo ha informado muy bien sobre todo el recorrido de la misma.

  • Photo of René G.

    René G. Apr 11, 2017

    !Impresionante etapa!
    !Cuánto me hubiera gustado estar ahí!

  • Photo of Andy Riley

    Andy Riley Jul 15, 2017

    Good job!! https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/167-appalachian-trail-maine-seccion-7-5-de-full-goose-shelter-a-mahoosuc-notch-mahoosuc-arm-y-speck-13996667#wp-13996668/photo-8674102

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