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East Royce Mountain
Batchelder's Grant, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Royce Trail
Looking up the Royce Trail

Route: Laughing Lion Trail, Royce Trail, Royce Connector, East Royce Trail, herd path, (East Royce Mountain), herd path, East Royce Trail, Royce Connector, Royce Trail, Laughing Lion Trail

In trying to explore the Evans Notch area more, I opted to check out another route to East Royce.

Parking off Route 113, I dropped gradually at first, then steeply to the Cold River crossing (more of a brook crossing). From there, the trail alternated between very steep and flat as it ascended to the Royce Trail. Once on the Royce Trail, the footing was terrible - rocks, roots, running water - slow going.

The footing improved upon reaching the Royce Connector. Dropping a decent amount of vertical, the trail reached the East Royce Trail. From there, it was a careful (some black ice), steep climb to the south ledges of East Royce. Continuing on the herd path over the summit, I soon reached the excellent north ledges, where I had views of the Baldfaces, Carters, Presidentials, Mahoosucs, and eastern Evans Notch peaks.

Running well behind schedule due to the footing at this point, I didn't linger too long (though I did get confused on my trek back to the trail, as I followed a wrong herd path briefly, missing a sharp left turn). Beyond there, it was a careful descent back to the trailhead, returning around sunset.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: East Royce Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, May 10, 2010
Hike Commenced: 5:09 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,370'
Destination: East Royce Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 5:10 PM
Summit Reached: 6:28 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:18
Trailhead Elevation: 1,371'
Summit Elevation: 3,114'
Vertical Gain: 2,044'
Hike Ended: 7:55 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:46
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,385'


The Laughing Lion Trail trailhead
The Laughing Lion Trail trailhead

Wildflowers on the Laughing Lion Trail
Wildflowers on the Laughing Lion Trail

The East Royce Trail
The East Royce Trail

Looking at Caribou Mountain from the northern ledges of East Royce Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Caribou Mountain from the northern ledges of East Royce Mountain

Topographic map of East Royce Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113 North from Fryeburg, Maine. A few minutes after passing entering the National Forest and passing the Bickford House, the Cold River Outlook will be reached, with parking on either side of the road. The Laughing Lion Trail trailhead is just at the top of the curve, just after a highway gate, on the left.

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