Backpacking: Mahoosuc Range (Advanced)
4 days and 3 nights on the trail.
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…?
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,
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 "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.
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
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:
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.
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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!
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