Traversing 31M through the Mahoosuc Notch, NH/Maine

July 6-7, 2018

The Mahoosuc Notch, widely considered the most difficult mile on the entire AT, is a gorge filled with massive boulders, some as big as houses. The “Mahoosuc Mile” nestles in a deep notch between Speck Mountain and Goose Eye Mountain. With steep cliffs on either side and what appears to be no other alternative, trail builders routed the pathway through a mile long boulder field before climbing steeply back into the mountains on both sides. Scrambling through the Notch, temperatures can plummet up to thirty degrees from lingering ice and snow, like walking into a cooler.

The Notch isn’t physically taxing when compared to the rest of hiking in the Mahoosuc Range. Instead it is more technically difficult. Navigating the boulders requires going over some while squeezing through cracks and caves in other areas. Doing so with a pack on your back throws your balance off and makes it all that more difficult to squeeze through tight spaces. There’s also a decent risk of injury if you aren’t careful, especially if it is wet. Not only seriously challenging, this is an awesome adventure.

Following the Appalachian Trail, we will begin at the parking area on Highway 2 east of Gorham, NH, and finish at the parking area on Maine Highway 26 at Grafton Notch, followed by eats and drinks at Sunday River Brewery located where Maine 26 intersects with Highway 2 to the east.

US 2, Gorham, NH
780'
Start
0
Androscoggin River
750'
W
.1
Hogan Road
760'
.5
brook
1350'
W
1.5
Mt. Hayes, Mahoosic Trail
2555'
3.6
Cacade Mountain
2631'
5.8
Trident Col tentsite
2020'
W, C
6.9
Dream Lake
2600'
W
9.6
Moss Pond
2630'
W
11.1
Gentain Pond Shelter
2166'
W, S
11.8
Mt. Success
3565'
14.6
NH/Main State Line
2972'
16.5
Carlo Col Shelter
2945'
W, S
16.9
Mt. Carlo
3565'
17.3
Goose Eye Mtn (east peak)
3790'
19.1
Goose Eye Mtn (north peak)
3675'
20.3
Full Goose Shelter
3030'
W, S
21.3
Fulling Mill Mtn
3395'
21.8
Mahoosuc Notch (west end)
2400'
W
22.8
Mahoosuc Notch (east end)
2150'
W
23.9
Mahoosuc Arm
3770'
25.5
Speck Pond Shelter
3500'
W, S
26.2
Old Speck Trail
3589'
27.3
brook
2500'
W
29.7
Grafton Notch
1495'
30.8