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Backpacking: Mahoosuc Range (Advanced) 4d-3n

Backpacking: Mahoosuc Range (Advanced)

4 days and 3 nights on the trail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description:

HIKING THE MAHOOSUC RANGE

The short (Height) but stunning Mahoosuc Range has major-league attractions, like the toughest mile on the Appalachian Trail and conditions that discourage the faint of heart & reward the backpacker with the ease of flat traverse near Goose Eye Mtn.

The Mahoosucs ramble from the Androscoggin River in northeast New Hampshire to the southwest edge of Maine. The length of the range is traversed by the 31-mile Mahoosuc Trail, a segment of the Appalachian Trail (AT). Its loftiest point is an unimpressive 4,180 feet, but hike the trail from west to east and you'll climb or descend close to 10,000 feet (total) over 10 peaks. Despite those impressive statistics, only one aspect of the Mahoosuc Range has earned it real notoriety, especially among AT thru-hikers. Somewhere along the way, someone dubbed the mile-long ravine known as Mahoosuc Notch "the hardest mile on the AT," and many thru-hikers anticipate its challenges all the way from Georgia.

Mahoosuc Notch is a glacier-carved gash winding through precipitous granite cliffs. For added drama, it's filled halfway with immense blocks of schist cleaved from the walls above by countless freeze-and-thaw cycles. Tree roots snake through the clefts and crevices. Water gurgles somewhere beneath the boulders but is seldom seen. Even on blindingly sunny days, it remains a chilly, Gothic place hiding pockets of snow and ice.

In the best conditions, the route is still so challenging that backpackers consider it a point of honor to keep their packs on while clambering up or shimmying under the gargantuan boulders. Be forewarned: The Notch is a graveyard of Nalgene bottles, trekking poles, and anything else not securely stashed inside a pack. Rain covers, knuckles, and nerves often emerge a bit more ragged on the other side.With the occasional broken down AT thru hiker.

The rest of the trail is ample reward for the slow deliberation of The Notch. Even when low-flying clouds obscure the numerous stunning views, the alpine zones are miraculous, enveloping you in the Christmasy smells of balsam firs, the granite path carving through heath-shrubs and blueberry, low and dense against the wind. Green and orange grasses and auburn and lime moss light up the bog walks. Alongside burbling creeks, pale white Indian pipes and tiny red mushrooms scatter into a lilliputian glade like a fairy trail. Who doesn't like a fairy tail…?


Route Description:

We will travel this range from north to south. Maine -> NH. We will drop our car at the AT road crossing at the Dam in Shelburne NH and  and carpool up to the trail head. Starting out on Thursday on the trail no later then 12pm (Noon).

Traveling south about starting out easy on mileage and work up to ten miles per day. to deserve the cold beer and warm pizza at the end.


Pace: Moderate

Stat’s:

Day #1

Drop Cars at 10-10:30am Drive to the trail head in Maine for Old Speck Trail.

Begin our hike up to Speck Pond Campsite (Fee) about noon. Arriving at the summit. Once we take in our first views we will continue onto the Speck Pond Camp Site (Fee)

3.8 miles (3.25 hours) + 1.4 mile (50 Minutes) +1.5 views and stopping.

(Total) 5.0 Miles - Book Time 4.0 hours + Stopping = 5.5 hours...

Day #2

Get moving by 8am

Hike on the Mahoosuc Trail over Mohoosuc Arm and passing through the hardest miles Mohoosic Notch Explore the area start hiking down to our next camp site. Full Goose Campsite(No Fee).

5.1 miles (3.75 hours) + Gazing and exploring the notch. +3 hours

Total = 5.1 Miles - Book time 3.75 hours + 3 hours Stopping = 6.75 hours...

Day #3

Get Moving by 8am

Hike on the Mahoosuc Trail Continuing past Goose Eye Mountain. Over Mt Carlo & Mt Success to our next campsite Gentian Pond.(No Fee)

9.6 miles (6.25 hours) + Glazing +2 hours

Total = 9.6 Miles - Book time 6.25 hours + 2 hours Stopping = 8.25 hours...

Day #4

Get moving by 8am

Hike on the Mahoosuc Trail Continuing past Dream Lake Trident Pass and over Cascade mtn, Mt Hayes turning onto Centennial Trail to our cars.

10.5 miles (6.75 hours) + Gazing and exploring +2 hours

Total = 10.5 Miles - Book time 6.75 hours + 2 hours Stopping = 8.75 hours...

 

Note:

Depending on our speed and peoples fitness this plan can be adjusted.  We have couple of exit points all along the trail system.

 

Tent Buddy List,

Link: TBA

Gear:
On top of Bug Spray!!! You must have the basic backpacking equipment.
Some stuff can be borrowed from other’s. I recommend a comment on the threads below your selected trip for available gear and carpooling etc..
Look to the gear list listed at our group page.
Click "More"
Click "Files"
Click "Gear List – Summer Backpacking

Remember ounce's add up too Pounds!!!!

We will pair down thing in the week before or at the trail head. This trip so long we dont want to bring much duplicated items that are not needed.

Getting There:

Look to the Map above for a meeting location..

Carpooling, we can meet either at a location choosen by the carpoolers. Place the note on the meassage section of the trip board online....



Additional Trip Planning & Research:


I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", trail maps, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.
Map # 6 North Country - Mahoosuc Range



Weather:
The White Mountains have notoriously unpredictable weather.. Any weather report is only good for 24 hours... Decision on go no go will be made on the Thursday before...FYI


Trip Area Web Links:

https://www.google.com/#output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=mahoosuc+range+traverse&oq=Mahoosuc+Trav&gs_l=hp.1.2.0j0i22i30l2.2047.10802.0.14129.13.9.0.4.4.0.98.607.9.9.0...0.0.0..1c.1.17.psy-ab.QxLunOx6xiA&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv[masked],d.dmg&fp=ed61b780151f0f62&biw=1280&bih=901

RSVP Fee:
Partially is a donation to the groups operating costs for the year, Paypal processing fee's & & camping fee's while on the trail.
If you are an organizer please contact me if you would like to go.. I will wave the fee or discount it for being a continued organizer of the Mountaineers...
Also this charging a fee. Only gets real truly interested participants to sign up for the trip. Our turnover rates are way too high backpacking trips posted without the fee. High turnover = More work for the organizer. Bit frustrating with 60% cancellation rate when it free. money separates the bullshit from real folks looking for a experience outdoors. You can always contact me for more information.



Waiver: Read !!!


Be Warned!


Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.
Falling off any part of a climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activity's, hiking or backpacking to a destination could result in injury or death. Weather, it be Trail conditions, or be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, including avalanche, can all incur injuries’ and/or death. You are always attending at your own risk!
Any information on this Meetup group page is for the basic understanding of what could be encountered. We do not guaranty any type of accuracy on this information. You should always, seek your own additional resources of information for any Meetup. You as an active member! Perhaps? lacking any of the following, experienced knowledge, professional training, good judgment, moral caricature or a conscious. We or anyone on any Meetup-Mountaineers cannot be held responsible in anyway.
When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn’t be?
If you get hurt! Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned. Stepping out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize and participate in doing activities in which we have chosen an interest in performing..
It’s always your right to back out at any time and live the good life at home in front of the television for the day….
That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.
The Organizers…

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  • Jay B.

    Gear, Some asked... My 1st choice on the following...

    Backpack http://boreasgear.com/products/lost-cost-series/

    Sleeping pad https://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Pad/qcoresl 20"x72" Mummy

    Sleeping Bag http://www.nemoequipment.com/product/?Harmony+40

    If there is something else you needed info on let me know.. now its time to pic photo's and upload from our trip..:-)

    1 · July 10, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Wow! what a great time. So, wanted to turn around and head back for another trip over the range in the northerly direction... It was so great packing with all of you looking forward to seeing you in the future.. I did find the lost clothing bag..:-) Under the bed where I packed the backpack.. Also found couple other lost backpacking and climbing items in the same spot..

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Kristie W.

    Absolutely awesome trip! Dave, Karl, Jay, and Nader were a blast to hike with, good camp times and interesting peeps met along the way!

    1 · July 8, 2013

  • David H.

    GREAT TIME!!! Couldn't have asked for a better group of hikers to tackle this with. Awesome weather, good mud, better bruises. Thanks everyone for a really fun hike!!

    2 · July 8, 2013

  • Shahzad

    Just wondering how was the mosquito situation? Did this hike from Gorham to Mt Success 2 weeks back and mosquitos were the worst I have ever seen!

    July 7, 2013

  • Karl R.

    This meetup was awesome. We had a great group of people as always. Always good to see everyone.

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Arjun k.

    I will start with a smaller and basic level trip

    July 3, 2013

  • Arjun k.

    I have to continue supporting this week -extra work for me at office So no hiking for me

    July 3, 2013

  • Jay B.

    26.3 lbs & no water...

    July 3, 2013

    • Karl R.

      I was switching between packs. The one I usually use 32lbs no food. With my osprey 27

      July 3, 2013

  • David H.

    Does it float? I'm checking the flood damage on a bunch of roads in NH. Some are impassable. Mostly southern nh though. Will be VERY wet under foot...

    July 3, 2013

  • Arjun k.

    I had been camping with family last 10 years so let'see how difficult is this

    July 2, 2013

    • Jay B.

      [masked] If you change you mind call me too... Sorry its your first time with this group on one of the biggest trips I am just being cautious...

      July 2, 2013

    • Arjun k.

      Thank you
      I will call you before I buy
      Looks like this is wrong one to start or what

      July 2, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Hey,
    Ok So I have packed for the group,
    First Aid kit, Water Filter, and a stove with enough fuel for 2 people for the four days.. Plus, other misc like 10 essentials.
    I asked Karl to bring his 1 & 2 person tent.. I will have my Agnes UL 2 person tent and only 8oz of bourbon.. Trying to keep the weight down.. Suggest you do the same.. Expect some Black Flies on the trip and showers on Thursday & Hot. 88/68. Fri - Sun is looking like 0% chance of rain and warm. 78/60 Looking really good for the trip if you forget about Thursday..:-) Warm nights so you can pack light with the fleece looks like 60's at night so far...Getting wet in this warm rain not much of a big deal either.. Expect wet trails and full bogs. Waterproof your boots in advance and low gaiters might not be a bad idea based on the wet trails. I am using weather reports for Berlin NH Subtract 5-10 degrees for being up 2000 additional feet and Day 1 & 2 are mostly in the trees. Day 3 all ridges and exposed. Day 4 is 50/50

    July 1, 2013

    • Jay B.

      Sorry had too... We will have water at each camping location so about every 4 - 6 miles we can get water.. I will be only caring about 2 liters each leg of our trip... Evil Jay

      July 2, 2013

    • Kristie W.

      You are so evil.....;0)!

      July 2, 2013

  • Arjun k.

    This will be first backpack and camping for me

    July 2, 2013

  • Arjun k.

    See you there

    July 2, 2013

  • Arjun k.

    See you all there

    July 2, 2013

  • Vartika S.

    I will probably do the Old Speck and head back after camping overnight with you guys. I need to pick up my car from Bar harbor, which I had to leave behind this weekend due to a busted fuel pump. Will confirm by tonight.

    July 1, 2013

    • Jay B.

      Ok, Another Option Super "V" During our car drop. We can drop yours at the Notch trail and you and Toto can bail after doing the scenic Notch section... its all down hill from speck pond and I know Toto can just walk under the rocks we will have to crawl.. Sorry about your car.. I feel your pain.. Last Thursday I just dropped some real $ Brakes they stuck and burned up a rotor caliper and hoses. Ad in those regular maintenance things and ouch....

      July 1, 2013

    • Vartika S.

      I will com with Leo (my dog aka 'toto') .. I hope it's not a problem He is super tiny, annoyingly friendly (though) has hiked[masked] footers and will always be on the leash!

      July 2, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Hi all. So I know that some will start packing tonight. Remember no extra stuff. I will be weighting your packs to keep you honest.

    July 1, 2013

    • Karl R.

      Hi Jay, yes that what I am doing. Should I bring my two man tent or my solo.

      July 1, 2013

  • Karl R.

    Hoping the weather is good next week. I've been craving a backpacking trip.

    June 29, 2013

  • David H.

    Been looking to do this for a while.

    June 25, 2013

  • Karl R.

    I am going to sign up once I get more info on family matters.

    June 24, 2013

    • Karl R.

      Wont know until Monday July 1st but as of right now I am in.

      June 24, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Baba What a month in advance is not enough time? Only trips that require a plane ride will be posted with more advanced notice. Save your money for next year!

    June 13, 2013

    • Hiking with X.

      I know man, but it is 4th of July. I m still hoping current plans fail, so I can join.

      June 13, 2013

  • Hiking with X.

    Shoot man! Why post so late. I hope my plans for that week fail, so I can join.

    June 13, 2013

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  • Jay B.
    Trail Name: "Evil Jay", Organizer
    Event Host
  • Kristie W.
    Total, Honey Badger!, Co-Organizer
  • Karl R.
    AKA "BP" Bog Probe, Assistant Organizer
  • A former member

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