Time  4 hours 54 minutes

Coordinates 628

Uploaded July 21, 2016

Recorded July 2016

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4,094 f
1,526 f
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4.34 mi

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near Ketchum, Maine (United States)

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Stage 168

⇐ Link to the previous stage: 167 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - MAINE - Section 7.5 - From Full Goose Shelter to Mahoosuc Notch, Mahoosuc Arm and Speck Pond Shelter
⇒ Link to the following stage: 169 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - MAINE - Section 7.3 - Grafton Notch, route ME-26 to Baldpate Mountain and East B Hill Road, Andover, ME

Tour of the Appalachian Trail, passing through the state of Maine (United States), going from south to north, from the Speck Pond Shelter, to the intersection of the trail with the route ME-26, at Grafton Notch.

The itinerary follows the northeastern end of the mountain chain known as the "Mahoosuc Range", included in the White Mountains, and that goes from the Androscoggin River Valley (New Hampshire), to Grafton Notch (Maine).

The stage corresponds to section 7.4, according to the official distribution of stages and plans of the AT in Maine, although accustomed to the absurd necessity of having to know the names of the minor trails with which the AT coincides in the White Mountains, since the name of the Appalachian Trail is often omitted at intersections, we will be present on this route from the Speck Pond Shelter to the top of Old Speck Mountain, we will follow the Mahoosuc Trail, and from this summit to Grafton Notch, the Old Speck Trail .... Sublime dislate that are responsible, alimón, the "great strategists" of the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) and the USFS (Forest Service). Luckily, once past Grafton Notch, the trail becomes the MATC (Maine Appalachian Trail Club) competition and concludes the "nightmare" of the bad signaling of New Hampshire.

The day dawns rainy and with very little visibility, on the edge of the Speck Pond, which is the Speck Pond Shelter, and the stage is short, without significant rises, and with little chance to enjoy the panoramic views offered the trail on clear days.

Leaving behind the Speck Pond, which the previous day we were able to photograph more clearly, and which is now enveloped in clouds of rain and fog, which also give it a very interesting appearance, the path climbs for two kilometers, very gently, with a long almost flat stretch, to the top of the Old Speck Mountain.

Old Speck Mountain (4,170 feet), is the fourth highest peak in the state of Maine, and also the northeastern peak of the Mahoosuc Range and the White Mountains.

The Appalachian Trail does not pass through the same summit, but can be accessed by a short side path that leads to an old forest monitoring tower, nowadays in disuse. Although the trees and vegetation of the top do not allow you to contemplate the surrounding landscape, from the top of this old tower there is a magnificent 360º panoramic view on clear days.

The five kilometers of descent from the top of the Old Speck Mountain to Grafton Notch, are of moderate slope, through a well-maintained path and without significant obstacles.

At Grafton Notch, at the foot of the mountain and on the important (but little traveled) route ME-26, a large parking lot awaits us. Very close to there, in the small town of Andover, ME, is the Pine Ellis Hiking Lodge, which for almost 40 years has offered accommodation and the necessary logistical support to all the "hikers" who travel the Appalachian Trail (including shuttles) to go and return to the trail, and from all road intersections between Grafton Notch and route ME-17). Many hikers take advantage of this support, to travel "without weight" these mountainous stages of Maine, returning every night to the lodge.

In the same town of Andover there are a couple of restaurants and a stocked store, where you can buy the necessary supplies to continue the journey.
Shelter

Speck Pond Shelter, al borde del Speck Pond

Speck Pond Shelter, al borde del Speck Pond
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Empezamos subiendo

Empezamos subiendo
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Cresta llana, antes de la cima de la Old Speck Mountain

Cresta llana, antes de la cima de la Old Speck Mountain
panorama

Vista de la Old Speck Mountain, con lluvia

Vista de la Old Speck Mountain, con lluvia
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En la subida al Old Speck

En la subida al Old Speck
panorama

Casi arriba

Casi arriba
Intersection

Cruce con corto sendero a la cima de Old Speck Mountain

Cruce con corto sendero a la cima de Old Speck Mountain
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Calva rocosa con mirador. Sin vistas por la lluvia

Calva rocosa con mirador. Sin vistas por la lluvia
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Gradual y bien cuidada bajada del Old Speck

Gradual y bien cuidada bajada del Old Speck
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Seguimos bajando gradualmente

Seguimos bajando gradualmente
Intersection

Intersección del AT con el Eyebrow Trail

Intersección del AT con el Eyebrow Trail
River

Pequeño arroyo

Pequeño arroyo
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Más bajada

Más bajada
River

Río y pequeña cascada

Río y pequeña cascada
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Mucha más vegetación y árboles de hoja caduca

Mucha más vegetación y árboles de hoja caduca
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Parking

Grafton Notch. Intersección del sendero con la ruta ME-26 y Pine Ellis Lodging, en Andover, Maine.

Grafton Notch. Intersection of the trail with the route ME-26 and Pine Ellis Lodging, in Andover, Maine.

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