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Old Speck Mountain Trail is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Newry, Maine that features a waterfall. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 2,870 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Forest Views Waterfall Wildlife Snow
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Just east of the New Hampshire border, this is Maine's 4th highest mountain and 5th highest peak. It's the highest and most northeastern peak in the Mahoosuc Range of the White Mountains. This is an easily accessible mountain as it is only 4 miles from a main highway through Grafton Notch State Park. It is part of the Mahoosuc Range. You'll want the crampons as the trail is very steep in places and gets icy. There is an old firetower on top that may or may not be accessible to climb depending on the season and time of the week.

Parking is free and no permits are required.

Follow Rt 2 east from Bethel for 6 miles to Newry. Take a left onto ME-26 and follow it 12 miles to the Grafton Notch State Park. Look for the AT parking area on the left side of the road that will take you up Old Speck.

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Bill Landre
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Delaney Greiner
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HikingGreat!

The best hike I’ve ever done! It was so beautiful! Very hard but definitely worth it! We did see a bear in the area so make sure you have something to make noise and scare it off. We saw plenty of dogs on the trail as well!

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Beef And Chop
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We took eyebrow trail on the way up, Appalachian trail on the way down. 6 hours round trip for us. The best views were found from the eyebrow and the fire tower at the summit. There was some frost and ice near the summit. Be smart- don’t be that group heading up the mountain mid-afternoon with light clothing and few supplies. It gets dark and cold early nowadays!

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Elianna Maniatakos
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We actually tried to do table rock but we ended up on old speck by mistake. It took about 5 and a half hours total. It was all slippery rocks. It was hard only because of how slippery it was. Otherwise, would have been moderate. Just really long. This trail kind of bored me, I wish there was some sort of scrambling. The views didn’t wow me, but the tower was cool.

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Andrew Follett
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Annie Stamell
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Epic hike! Took the Eyebrow trail on the way up which was probably the most challenging stretch, but there are a few tough scrambles in patches along the way. Moving at a fast pace and taking very few breaks I reached the summit after about two hours. Incredible 360 panoramic views at the top, especially if you climb the tower, which is super fun. Took me a little over two hours to get back down, and my dogs were barking by the end. Totally worth it, what a hike!

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Lou Tarricone
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Old Speck was a great hike, but much more demanding than similar length Crawford Notch-Mt Pierce trail. We hiked last weekend during the drought, so the waterfall was only a drizzle. Hope to try again when it should be flowing. Total time was 4:40 including 20 minutes in the tower. Some steep sections, but a well maintained trails with mostly good footholds, and a few really nice views on the way to the top. The top is a little disappointing if you don't have the nerve to climb the long ladder to the top of the fire tower. If you do, the 360 degree view there is spectacular.

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Alex McCafferty
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Beautiful day hike. From the parking lot, it is 3.5 miles one-way to the 0.3 mile spur trail that leads to the summit and fire tower. We followed the AT both ways and it took us less than 5 hours to get back to our car, including a 30 minute lunch break at the top. The foliage was amazing this time of year. There are occasional outlooks on the way up the mountain that are just as good as the summit. There is a great mix of trees and moss covering much of the area that make for pleasant surroundings. There are a few spots to fill up water early on but everything was dry near the top. The trails gets pretty steep at some points but is overall a nice, gradual climb. It is quite long, however, and you should be prepared for a workout. My biggest complaint was that it was extremely busy on a Saturday. We were passing groups every couple of minutes and had to wait in line to climb the fire tower. Would recommend going early or during the week, if possible. Overall, a beautiful and rewarding hike you should definitely check out if you're nearby!

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James Appleby
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Some beautiful views. But the summit was a little anticlimactic.

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John Stroud
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A great AT segment. Pretty steady climb and good conditions but very dry. Also lots of dogs on the trail today

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Laura Searle
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Hiked up eyebrow and down the AT. It was an amazing and challenging hike that was well worth it. Took me a lot longer than what all trails estimates. I gave myself almost 8 hours to do the hike and it took me 7 1/2 even though AllTrails says 4 1/2. I’m not the most fit person in the world but I consider myself definitely FAR better than the average. So... don’t underestimate this hike! And it’s getting very chilly up there. Layer up! I think the walk through the forest on this trail was second to none. It reminds me of some of the photos and videos I’ve seen from the Pacific Northwest. Absolutely everything covered in moss. It was spectacular.

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Vanessa Chasse
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Backpacking

Started hike at midnight and got to the peak after 3 hours sharp to watch the sunrise. Definitely recommend wearing multiples layers from head to toe, the top reaches freezing point with the wind chills. Also didn’t get a good view of the sunrise because of the traveling haze the west coast, but overall a very fun and challenging hike!

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Bryan LaFountain
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Great hike on 9/14/20. Went up Eyebrow and down the AT with my 80lb Lab and he was fine. Excellent view from the tower. Only one other person at the summit which was a very nice bonus. 5 hrs round trip with about a half hour break at the top.

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Makayla Burgess
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went up eyebrow and come down the AT. What a great hike. The eyebrow trail was much steeper than the AT but it was nice to go on a different trail for a little bit.

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alex miele
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Trail was easy to follow. well marked and relatively easy. completed round trip in 5 hours. spent 30 mins at the tower resting. definitely doing it again

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Chris W
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Started with the Eyebrow and about 8.2 miles later—according to my iPhone, which generally understates things—I made it to the top. Worth every step of those miles, though. Such a cool mountain. While the Eyebrow is known to be the steeper beginning, the AT up to start would certainly get the heart going, I’d imagine. Once the two trails meet and merge into one (AT), it seems to go on forever until the summit. There are numerous mini-summits along what is essentially a wide ridge. You can see the top through the trees for much of the hike, which certainly adds to the feeling of it taking forever. But, again, totally worth it. There are some great views about 1/3 of a mile before the summit, but the top of the tower is obviously the best part. Again, it’s a serious hike with a lot of vertical climb throughout—so make sure you’re (at least relatively) fit and bring enough water or you’ll likely hate it. Very few people on the mountain, and most of those I saw were through hiking—always a cool touch!

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Nancy Morin
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Gorgeous views, hard trail but so worth it. Marked extremely well. Challenging but awesome!!

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Joy Belanger
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The hike was amazing! I loved the views!! The hike was also challenging but we made it to the top and back

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Gerald Lyman
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Megan Simmons
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Challenging, but enjoyable. Definitely recommend taking the eyebrow up and coming down the AT. If you are up for the tower at the top, go for it. I enjoyed the views the entire way up. Couple of scrambles. Most challenging part was the eyebrow portion and it wasn’t terrible. Definitely will feel your knees on the way down. Overall, it was a beautiful hike!

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Lynda Stinson
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Went up via Eyebrow and down the AT. I would agree the distance listed is less than what my GPS recorded. I had 11.93km or around 7.4mi. There was rain yesterday, but most of the trail was pretty well drained. There were a few muddy spots closer about a mile from the fire tower, but there are rocks or parts to help pass. It was an overcast day with a tiny breeze. This made the greenery really pop. The buggiest spot was around the fire tower so I did not stay long. Otherwise, the bugs were surprisingly negligible on the rest of the trail.

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Heidi Roche
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Alyssa Curtis
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Up eyebrow and down the AT; milage is closer to 8, not 6.6 as listed here. Hiked on 8/30, super windy and foggy at the summit. Definitely felt like fall! Had rained a lot the day before but the trail wasn’t too wet. Brought two labs that did just fine!

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