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Goose Eye Mountain, ME, Mt. Carlo, ME
Success, NH, Riley, ME

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

Route: Goose Eye Trail, (Goose Eye Mountain), Goose Eye Trail, Mahoosuc Trail, (Mt. Carlo), Mahoosuc Trail, Carlo Col Trail

With a beautiful fall day, I decided to head up and do only my third Mahoosuc Range hike (after Old Speck and Mt. Hayes). After glancing at Google Maps and the AMC map, I figured Success Pond Road would be easy enough to find. Wrong! While I took the proper road off Route 16 (Route 16 truck route), I couldn't seem to find a Success Pond Road sign. The AMC map, of course, had next to nothing labelled streetwise. Finally, after driving up multiple dead end roads, I decided to head down an unamed road with an 'OHRV' sign. Sure enough, I saw a Success Pond Road sign a few minutes down this.

About halfway to the trailhead, I stopped and observed a bull moose loitering around a logging landing. Continuing down the washboard road, I eventually saw the Goose Eye Trail trailhead sign on the right - with all of the random logging roads, it would have been difficult to locate this without a sign.

After a short walk up a logging road, the trail dropped into the woods, jogging alongside some other logging cuts. While perhaps unsightly at other times of the year, I found the area quite nice with the fall foliage. Emptying out onto another logging road, I went left, followed the road for a bit, then took a right back into the woods (signs, fortunately).

The trail continued to be fairly gradual - and seldom used. The ascent started awhile later, passing by the state border marker. It was still fairly moderate for awhile, prior to nearing treeline. At that point, the trail ascended a series of steep ledges - this would not be a fun descent in wet weather!

The views from the open summit were amazing - I was disappointed with myself for not visiting this peak sooner! After lingering for awhile, I decided to continue to Mt. Carlo.

The initial descent off Goose Eye was quite steep, with a ladder and some scramble ledges. Below that initial descent was a nice little alpine zone walk.

Reaching the col, the trail picked up steeply again for awhile, eventually going over a few false summits and ending up at the ledgy highpoint of Mt. Carlo. While there were descent views from the highpoint, the surrounding tree growth was encroaching a bit. Not satisfied with the view, I followed a herd path southwest for a few hundred feet to a beautiful view ledge, where I decided to have lunch.

Descending on the Carlo Col trail, I stopped by the shelter briefly - not a bad place. Back on the trail, I was cussing the poor footing - for a few tenths of a mile, the trail was essentially a brook bed. Finally departing from the brook, things improved a bit.

Awhile later, I ended up in a large logging cut. The trail cut through this at an angle, then, once passing a few remaining trees, it turned and went straight down the fall line to a logging road.

From here, the trail followed the road for awhile before dropping into the woods in some muddy terrain. The trail then eventually reached another logging road, which merged from the right to twice (if I recall correcting) to the main logging road at the trailhead - up to this point, I hadn't seen anyone the entire hike.

While both peaks were nice, I'm not sure if I'll bother to do the latter part of this loop again, due to the footing on the Carlo Trail and the maze of logging roads at the end of it.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Goose Eye Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Carlo
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, September 26, 2009
Hike Commenced: 9:34 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,630'
Destination: Goose Eye Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 9:34 AM
Summit Reached: 11:13 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:39
Trailhead Elevation: 1,630'
Summit Elevation: 3,870'
Distance: 3.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,300'
Destination: Mt. Carlo
Ascent Commenced: 11:24 AM
Summit Reached: 12:28 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:04
Trailhead Elevation: 3,870'
Summit Elevation: 3,565'
Distance: 1.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 515'
Hike Ended: 2:14 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 4:40
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,875'


The Goose Eye Trail trailhead
The Goose Eye Trail trailhead

A bull moose near Success Pond Road
A bull moose near Success Pond Road

Looking down the Goose Eye Trail
Looking down the Goose Eye Trail

Looking at Old Speck from Goose Eye Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Old Speck from Goose Eye Mountain

The Mahoosuc Trail between Goose Eye and Carlo
The Mahoosuc Trail between Goose Eye and Carlo

Looking at the Carters and Presidentials from near the summit of Mt. Carlo - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Carters and Presidentials from near the summit of Mt. Carlo

Topographic map of Goose Eye Mountain, ME, Mt. Carlo, ME - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from Gorham, NH. Take a right onto Route 16 Truck Route. Take a right onto a road with a brown OHRV sign (Success Pond Road, no sign Sept. 2009). Head up this dirt road for some time, passing Alder Brook Road on the left. A few minutes thereafter, the Goose Eye Trail trailhead will be on the right (a logging road). There is some room to park along the beginning of the trail/logging road.

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