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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.

hiking
2 days ago

This trail is definitely strenuous and VERY steep. If you start out on the AT/white blaze, and then turn right at the orange blaze where the sign says ‘extraordinary views’, you’re in for a beautiful overlook and a nearly indiscernible trail on the hike back to the lot. It is very challenging-take your time and enjoy it. Not for beginners in either direction. All this aside, I loved it! We combined it with Baldpate West, for a total of 7.4 very challenging miles. View at Baldpate is spectacular. Plenty of water along the trail if you have a filter. Need bug spray. Privy at the lean-to at Baldpate.

Very, very beautiful

Challenging trail with beautiful views! Couldn't imagine doing this trail and not going up the Fire tower. Breathtaking views!

We hiked this today and enjoyed it, however it wasn’t our favorite. There were a few mildly steep parts but nothing too technical or challenging. You’re in very heavily wooded area for most of your hike and because of that you can’t seem to escape the mosquitos. Even on summit we were being eaten alive.

The eyebrow part was less intimating than we expected after reading other reviews and the trail description. Pretty steep in the beginning so you get a good workout in. While we didn’t find anything to be too technically challenging, our heart rates were up for a while because of the steady climb.

There’s not much of a view on summit unless you climb the fire tower. I’m usually pretty nervous about heights but climbed it and am glad I did - the views were breathtaking. Cascade Falls was also quite pretty.

There’s a dead moose toward the bottom so the smell was horrendous but that’s just nature taking its course. If you hike anytime in the near future be sure to leash your dog around that area (they do have signs posted before you reach the moose to warn you).

Overall a decent hike and we’re glad we did it but probably won’t do this one again anytime soon because those pesky mosquitos. Total round trip was 7 1/2 hours, but we take our time.

Beautiful views

hiking
19 days ago

Went up mid day this weekend with my boyfriend and it was absolutely beautiful! We will DEF be coming back because we had no idea how good the climbing opportunities were and didn’t bring our gear this time around

The views are amazing. There are a few steep/challenging sections but nothing too crazy.

Beautiful SHORT hike that’s easy for the whole family. It says not dog friendly on this app, but dogs are in fact allowed and our (large breed) dogs loved it! Lots of watering holes to wade in and drink from for them. Easy trip with a rewarding view.

Great hike...Orange trail was challenging but fun...great views

hiking
1 month ago

We frequent Puzzle Mtn because of our close proximity to it. It is news to me that dogs must be on leash. I have seen hundreds of dogs on this trail and never on a leash. My own dog knows the trail by heart. In fact you might strangle your dog on some of the ledger sections if it was on leash. Just be sure your dog is well socialized, and is not threatening. A nice trail and great views from the ledges at 2/3rds way up and many great views from the ledges above that. Also Woodsum Loop is well worth it to extend your hike. For backpackers the Grafton Loop is tough but a gem.

nice trail. lightly traveled trail. some blow downs. Could not summit do to slippery wet slabs. Some monorail, stable and unstable. Avoidable mud. Nice views from ledges.

Nice hike through forested path. Lots of stairs following the AT. Did not do the Table Rock loop. Some trees down but work was being done clearing. No view from summit Bald Pate. Did not go to East Peak time did not allow. Would do this hike again as views from top are great. Easy trip down. Some steep sections. Dog did great.

Wicked good challenge, quick but steep. Hope to conquer a few more like it. got on the app before I did it. was a solid 56:10 going up, with ice and snow so not bad at all.

We had a great time going down and into the pools/canyon to play.

Did a winter hike yesterday before the big nor'eastern came in today. I started at the parking area for old speck/eyebrow and Appalachian trails which is labeled hiking trail parking on the west side of Maine Route 26. Took the Appalachian trail for 3.5 miles, then came to Old Speck trail on the left and followed that .3 miles to summit. (I logged 7.6 miles...not sure why 6.6 miles is listed above) Hike can be steep at times (specially with over a foot of snow) crampons are a must. Some decent over looks during the first section of the hike. Summiting took about 2 hours in the snow. Not great views because the storm had made its way in, however the trees were gorgeous covered in snow.

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Beautiful trail, but not dog friendly! Please don't bring your dogs on this trail.

I did this hike over a year ago, however I really enjoyed it. my son and I did this trail and about a mile of the trail going to the mountain on mothers day. We ran in to ice and snow at that point and had to turn around.

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.

hiking
8 months ago

A great picnic spot or a place to cool off after hiking Old Speck Mountain. The main attraction was the one larger waterfall but we had fun exploring the gorge and mossy side banks, too! A local suggested we walk up past the parking lot to see the start of the river filled larger rocks and a great spot for photos.

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!

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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 !

I loved it! The whole trail was actually 7.6 miles round trip. Very mossy woods all the way up which was absolutely beautiful. Took us 3 hours to get to the summit. The Old Speck Trail we took was dog friendly with great cooling spots. Starts out steep at first so you get a good cardio in. At the top, I highly recommend you go up the fire tower to get THE best 360* view of Mahoosuc Range. We hiked 7.6 miles in about 7 hours, including an hour at the top. Lots of other things to see around that area as well if you're there for a couple days or a few hours.

Beautiful and somewhat challenging!

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