I had a great couple of days with Jesse (shhh… his trail name is Iron Chef) hiking a section of the AT between Gorham, NH and Grafton Notch across the line in Maine. Jesse was 1900 miles into his thru hike, and with that level of conditioning, he was moving fast. This was a great section, and it included the Mahoosuc Notch, what some call the “toughest mile on the Appalachian Trail”, the three peaks of and gorgeous views from Goose Eye Mountain, and the pond on top of Maine’s third highest peak, Old Speck. Jesse said this stretch was some of the hardest hiking he’d done (probably just to make me feel good), and hiker midnight came early for me. This would be a fun one to revisit, though. I wouldn’t mind hanging out for a while at Speck Pond, the highest pond in Maine, and the boulder hopping in Mahoosuc Notch was just plain fun even at the very speedy clip we covered it. Even in late July, we saw a couple patches of ice under a couple of boulders, and the air was markedly colder in several of the wells. Great scenery, heart-pounding climbs, muck, fun scrambles, and a secret stash of cheese. Two thumbs up!
When I get the chance, I like to hike and backpack (and kayak and bike and eat, drink, and be merry, and do other stuff, too).
- A Northbound Hike on the John Muir Trail -August 2017
- JMT Strange 14 (15!) Day Itinerary
- Spring/Fall Grand Canyon Backpacking List
- Mike’s 2017 JMT Gear List – With Comments
- Some August 2017 JMT Conditions and Thoughts
- Women’s March on Washington
- Part 2: Tatahatso Canyon
- Part 1: Jane and the Reynolds Boys visit Big Canyon
- A few short ones in RMNP: Thunder Lake, Lily Mountain, Estes Cone
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