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Old Speck Mountain, Sunday River Whitecap
Grafton, ME, Newry, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Old Speck Trail
The Old Speck Trail

Route: Speck Pond Trail, Mahoosuc Trail, Old Speck Trail, (Old Speck), Old Speck Trail, Mahoosuc Trail, May Cutoff, (Mahoosuc Arm), May Cutoff, Speck Pond Trail

Old Speck Trail was generally dry and in good shape, with occasional minor mud.

Grafton Loop was generally nice with good footing. Some extended areas of mud and/or running water - hope they get some more waterbars installed to prevent losing the otherwise nice footbed. Didn't see anyone from Old Speck down - 12+ miles on a sunny Saturday!

Sunday River Whitecap was an awesome alpine zone peak with very unique views.

All campsites on that section were vacant, and water sources were plentiful.

Navigation for the last little bit of Grafton Loop West is confusing, where it meanders through some logging roads and fields. There were generally signs, but one had to be alert.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Old Speck Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Sunday River Whitecap
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, August 18, 2012
Parking Elevation: 1,496'
Destination: Old Speck Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:57
Trailhead Elevation: 1,496'
Summit Elevation: 4,180'
Distance: 3.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,989'
Destination: Sunday River Whitecap
Time Elapsed: 03:24
Trailhead Elevation: 4,180'
Summit Elevation: 3,335'
Vertical Gain: 1,185'
Hike Time Elapsed: 10:26
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,449'


The Old Speck Trail trailhead
The Old Speck Trail trailhead

The Old Speck Trail
The Old Speck Trail

Looking at Mahoosuc Notch from the Old Speck observation tower - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mahoosuc Notch from the Old Speck observation tower

The Grafton Loop Trail on the way to Sunday River Whitecap
The Grafton Loop Trail on the way to Sunday River Whitecap

The Grafton Loop Trail near the top of Sunday River Whitecap
The Grafton Loop Trail near the top of Sunday River Whitecap

Looking at the Mahoosuc Range from Sunday River Whitecap - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Mahoosuc Range from Sunday River Whitecap

Directions to trailhead: Take US 2 East to Route 26 North into Grafton Notch. The hiker parking area is just below The Eyebrow. $2 park entrance fee payable at trailhead.

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