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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


West Royce Mountain
Chatham, NH, Stow, ME, Batchelders Grant, ME, Beans Purchase, NH

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

Route: Basin access road, Route 113, Royce Trail, Basin Rim Trail, Basin Trail

Royce Trail was fairly smooth sailing until near the Laughing Lion Trail junction. Rough from there up to the Connector, then relatively smooth again (some nice quasi-recent Level 2 trail work) until the Burnt Mill Brook junction.

Basin Rim Trail was rugged in places, but there were some nice views along the way. Basin Trail was quite rugged above the falls spur. Steep, eroded, and loaded with old, large blowdowns to climb over.

First time to the Basin area - very neat!

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Time to Trailhead: 00:12
Parking Elevation: 680'
Destination: West Royce Mountain
Time Elapsed: 02:21
Trailhead Elevation: 600'
Summit Elevation: 3,210'
Distance: 4.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,760'
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:38
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,010'

The Royce Trail trailhead on Route 113
The Royce Trail trailhead on Route 113

Basin Pond
Basin Pond

Looking at Speckled Mountain from near the summit of West Royce - Click to enlarge
Looking at Speckled Mountain from near the summit of West Royce

Directions to trailhead: The Royce Trail trailhead is located adjacent to Bickford Place on Route 113 in Evans Notch, just north of the access road to the Basin.

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