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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. Interpretive signs explain the glacial sculpting of Screw Auger Falls and the formation of Mother Walker Falls. A quarter-mile loop trail leads to Moose Cave with its narrow gorge and lush lichens and mosses. At Spruce Meadow and Screw Auger Falls visitors will find picnic tables and grills. Both short and long day hikes extend through this spectacular, scenic area at the end of the Mahoosuc Range. The 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail passes through the park on the way to the trail's northern terminus, Mt. Katahdin. Facilities include picnic tables and grills. In the winter, a main artery snowmobile trail (ITS 82) traverses the park and is maintained by a local snowmobile club.

Hiked it on August 26, 1995, and rook 3 hours up and 3 down, at a slow pace with lots of breaks. Tent clearing at top of West Peak. Steep climbing at times, especially on East Peak.

Hiked again on February 27, 2000, with cramp-ons. Drove up 26 North of Sunday River entrance. Parking Lot on left and marked “Hiking Trails’ with a round brown and yellow wooden sign. Trail to Baldpate starts across the street. Followed white blazes. 2.9 miles from parking lot to top of West Peak of Baldpate. Was easy hike with mild incline and fair amount of down hill until the last mile or less, where it got very steep to the summit. Too foggy and cold to justify going to the East Peak, which was another 0.9 miles from West Peak. Started hike at 10:45 a.m. and ended at 3:30 p.m.

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20 hours ago

Planned on just hiking to The Eyebrow. Got to the top (up Eyebrow Trail), only took us an hour, was only 12:30, and a gorgeous day, so . . . on we go to Old Speck. First, The Eyebrow offers some awesome views in exchange for steep, challenging, but relatively short hiking. So many manicured, man-made stone steps, iron bars, and cable handrails to help with the elevation change that it was almost disappointing. Note that there are several trail branches leading to the edge of the cliff near the top that you should take to get a clear view. There is no open space at the top affording a wide field of vision. Too many trees. Second, the hike from The Eyebrow to Old Speck is long, but due to the early elevation gain, it is largely undulating ridge hiking with gradual elevation gain to 4,300 feet. There are several steep-ish rises along the way, but they are mercifully short. You must climb the ladder to the top of the fire tower at the summit. DO NOT MISS THIS, even if you are fearful of ladders/heights. Third, there is some debate about the AllTrails stats for the hike to Old Speck, and my stats suggest an error by AllTrails. It is not 5.9 miles, but about 6.8 to 7 miles round trip measured from the parking lot to the summit, taking the Eyebrow Trail, then the AT, and coming back down the AT all the way to the lot. Took us 4 hours and 45 minutes, with periodic rests, and time to take in the views at The Eyebrow and Old Speck summit (as well as lunch and two trips up and down the fire tower). It was a long day, and we ran out of water (100 oz me, 72 oz wife) halfway through the trip down to the lot. Well worth the sore muscles and joints the next day, though.

Previously hiked this on August 21, 1994 and September 13-14, 1997 (tented at top, Speck Pond platforms).

Planned on just hiking to The Eyebrow. Got to the top (up Eyebrow Trail), only took us an hour, was only 12:30, and a gorgeous day, so . . . on we go to Old Speck. First, The Eyebrow offers some awesome views in exchange for steep, challenging, but relatively short hiking. So many manicured, man-made stone steps, iron bars, and cable handrails to help with the elevation change that it was almost disappointing. Note that there are several trail branches leading to the edge of the cliff near the top that you should take to get a clear view. There is no open space at the top affording a wide field of vision. Too many trees. Second, the hike from The Eyebrow to Old Speck is long, but due to the early elevation gain, it is largely undulating ridge hiking with gradual elevation gain to 4,300 feet. There are several steep-ish rises along the way, but they are mercifully short. You must climb the ladder to the top of the fire tower at the summit. DO NOT MISS THIS, even if you are fearful of ladders/heights. Third, there is some debate about the AllTrails stats for the hike to Old Speck, and my stats suggest an error by AllTrails. It is not 5.9 miles, but about 6.8 to 7 miles round trip measured from the parking lot to the summit, taking the Eyebrow Trail, then the AT, and coming back down the AT all the way to the lot. Took us 4 hours and 45 minutes, with periodic rests, and time to take in the views at The Eyebrow and Old Speck summit (as well as lunch and two trips up and down the fire tower). It was a long day, and we ran out of water (100 oz me, 72 oz wife) halfway through the trip down to the lot. Well worth the sore muscles and joints the next day, though. reviously hiked this on August 21, 1994 and September 13-14, 1997.

We only hiked to Puzzle Mountain, but the trail and views were amazing!

Loved this trail.

-Quick but difficult
-Prepare to climb over boulders
-Quiet trail, did not pass any hikers through entire loop
-Brought my 8 year old dog, he managed well
-Caution, dangerous drop off
-Great views

Very easy short walk from the parking lot. Water level seemed low but very pretty with the foliage and we arrived early so there were only 2 other people there but started to get busy by the time we left.

The trail is 2.1 miles. My wife and I started at 10 and finished it at 2. That should tell one that it was more difficult than we expected. The first half is all up. It includes large rocks, poles with wire rope, the rings of a ladder hammered into rock to help one climb, hand rails to help one to hold on for safety and a metal ladder to continue on up the trail. After getting to the top there are a couple of nice spots to sit and take in the view. The last half is longer as it is not as steep but almost nothing but bolder fields. Make sure you have water and have told someone where you are. An injury could be bad news. Finally a good part of the trail is part of the AT. At 67 I would not do this one again.

Water level low this time of year, but still way too popular with the tourists.

Simply spectacular! Do not miss this hike. One of my top three in Maine. Steep, hard up (orange blazes). Gradual, easy down (blue and then white blazes). Together = moderate hike difficulty overall. Lots of dogs and kids on trail. Took us 2 hours almost to the minute, with a leisurely lunch at the top.

Such a beautiful hike. My friend and I hiked with our 9 year old boys. Where the trail splits, the loop on the right is much harder, be prepared to be on your hands and knees crawling up and over many large boulders. The loop on the left is a nice walking path.

Great hike !

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23 days ago