I had hiked many of the trails, which includes several of the hardest trails in the Northeast, and the idea of linking them up … Yesterday I set a new FKT for the Pawnee-Buchanan Loop, in 4:46:32. This time, we backpacked it in four days with our 13Â year-old son and 10 year-old daughter. Gender category . "-The Maine Appalachian Trail Guide. Sunday River Whitecap Mt. Within the bird category, we saw several grouse. After our decent night of sleep at Slide, we got an earlier start for the final day. Looping around Flagstaff: A 45 mile FKT on the Flagstaff Loop Trail. We were on the trail before 7:00 A.M. and met our goal, reaching the parking lot by 1:30 P.M. As a refresher, the route is about 39 miles long. We were joined by Matt Schomburg, our erstwhile hiking/running partner from northern NH. ( Log Out / Close to the Sunday River ski area in western Maine near the New Hampshire border, it generally follows the mountain ridge lines that surround Grafton Notch and the Bear River Valley, passing over the summits of Old Speck, the Baldpates, and Sunday River White Cap. We find that the first night on a trip is usually a rough night for sleep and that proved to be the case. https://www.strava.com/activities/3878374720 We were all hungry. The Grafton Loop is a roughly 39 mile, 9 summit hiking loop formed by connecting a portion of the Appalachian trail with the Grafton Loop Trail. As near as I can tell, Ryan and I set a new Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the route. 26 and go counter-clockwise. After some debate, we decided to take the slower, but more scenic route across New Hampshire and then south through Vermont. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Fastest Known Times. We got to swim in Lower Kimball Pond and tour their lovely home. Portions of the trail traverse both Maine’s Grafton Notch State Park as well as a good deal of private land. The trail overall is in good condition. With our beloved AMC Huts closed for the year and New Hampshire trails seeing a surge of activity, we chose the “less-loved” Maine end of the White Mountains, and had an awesome time. Grafton Loop Trail. ( Log Out / We also track unsupported (non-race) times. On the weekend and on the AT, it was a bit more busy. This section includes three primitive campsites. Inside the canister, we stored all of our food, our trash, and all toiletries/body health stuff that might attract a critter. RSS Entries and RSS Comments. Bio; Contact; Past Adventures. We could hear a babbling brook beyond our campsite. We helped the kids continue to hone their mountain skills. I am impressed that you and your family completed the entire loop in four days. They were all long climbs and the viewpoints were fantastic. Speaking of critters, we saw a fair amount of wildlife on the trail. Old Speck Mt to Eyebrow Trail 2.4 mi Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. All Posts Advice AT Bloggers CDT Bloggers Featured Gear Inspiration News PCT Bloggers Podcasts Thru-Hiking Culture Trail Profile. 2020 SRC FKT Challenge. The next year, Steve and Deb Pero et al also did the whole thing roughly 14-15 hours. We saw lots of birds, toads, chipmunks, and squirrels. We only saw a handful of backpackers doing the entire loop. We hiked about 10 miles each day. 26 to Bald Mt Campsite 1.68 mi https://www.strava.com/activities/3870759583 I don’t think Debbie and I need any more endurance training, at least not in 2020. Father of the FKT – Buzz Burrell | besthike.com. Home | Fastest Known Time. We pushed a little farther to the Slide Mountain Campsite where we stopped for the night. I just completed the Western half of the loop in two nights three days (Wed/Thurs/Fri) starting at the southern end. Neil Clauson. My GPS track is here: www.strava.com/activities/162689737/overview https://www.strava.com/activities/3878370921 https://www.strava.com/activities/3879624057. Dinner was more dehydrated food and was followed by our best night of sleep. Person-Person. I encountered almost no other people on the trail. The last bit of trail was gradually downhill, but very windy. Thanks so much for your awesome trip report. Follow along online. We made a quick stop for food in Newry as we had to ration what was left on the final day. https://www.strava.com/activities/3878368520 FKT Report: The Grafton Notch Loop in Maine by Ben Nephew. With side trips to viewpoints, waterfalls, water sources/streams, and campsites, you can’t really hike this loop without walking several extra miles. (Side note: To spice up this loop, use the Pfiffner Traverse to connect Buchanan and Cascade Creeks, rather than the all-trail route around the west side of Thunderbolt Peak. The kids were fried by then and the mid-day heat didn’t help. Matt is a White Mountain National Forest ranger and he has bigtime backcountry credentials. We finished the day at the Baldpate Lean-to. | Trail Hub ... Home | Fastest Known Time. When one day things did happen to work out, I did my best to make the commute interesting. The last 0.7 of a mile was on Rt. The Appalachian Mountain Club had just finished new sections of trail during the prior summer in 2007. The next site was miles away and we had all pushed hard enough. We did bump into a fellow AMC volunteer by the name of Bill who we have met before. Now I'm tired and sore:Â www.strava.com/activities/1891023325.Â, bikeandrun They come with practice. We’ve been wanting to bring our kids on this loop and thanks to the cancellation of other summer plans, we finally made it happen. Slide Mt Campsite to Bull Run Campsite 1.0 mi The 2008 trip was one of our classic adventures, and I wrote about it a the time. There were many trees to climb over or under. FKT Guidelines; FKT Verification; Newsletter Signup; FAQ; The Team; Articles; Support this Site; Contact; Home; FKTs; Neil Clauson - Grafton Notch Loop (ME) - 2018-10-07 FKT: Neil Clauson - Grafton Notch Loop (ME) - 2018-10-07. Appalachian Mountain Club had just finished new sections of trail during the prior summer in 2007, https://www.strava.com/activities/3870759583, https://www.strava.com/activities/3873658635, https://www.strava.com/activities/3878368520, https://www.strava.com/activities/3878370921, https://www.strava.com/activities/3878371495, https://www.strava.com/activities/3878372815, https://www.strava.com/activities/3878374720, https://www.strava.com/activities/3879624057, Connecticut Business & Industry Association, Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series, Finch Brook Trail Loop & Scrooge Scramble (Bolton Edition), Flashback: 2007 Death Race/Pittsfield Peaks Ultra Challenge. Thanks to the AMC and the Grafton Loop Trail Coalition, 30 miles of new trails were built since 2002. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. On that day, we never intended to go fast. We just wanted to do it before sunset. Episode 92: Stringbean McConaughy - How to crush the Long Trail FKT - and what NOT to do! That allowed us to fill all of our water bladders and bottles. Good for them. Length: 38.6 milesLocation: Western Maine on the ridges and peaks surrounding the Bear River Valley, Grafton Notch, and Maine Route 26Trail Type: LoopScenery: Forests and brooks with small waterfalls give way to numerous open summits with views across western Maine’s rugged mountains, especially the Mahoosuc Range, and into New Hampshire to the Presidential RangeApproximate Time to Hike: Most can comfortably fi… Including a section of the Appalachian Trail, it provides a multi-day loop backpacking experience. Person-Person. Arizona Trail (AZT) Resupply Guide; Gear Reviews. The goal was to get down to the notch by 2:00 P.M. so that we could manage the drive home and have it not be too late. to Slide Mt Campsite 3.1 mi Bull Run Campsite to Old Speck Mt 1.6 mi I had a friend (Stas) join me for the first half and a different (Rich) Â friend join me and bring my dog Bennett for theÂ second half. We got a late start shortly after 8:00 A.M. and made the long descent to the northern end of the notch. Eyebrow Trail to Grafton Notch AT Parking 1.1 mi Over that time, we have been to the Sunday River region and Mahoosuc Range on a few occasions, including a family wedding in 2019, but it had been a while since we spent any time in Grafton Notch. Blog at WordPress.com. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. After weeks of humidity, the cold front finally passed, and the day was dry and much cooler (high 70's) then the two training runs I had done out there the week before. Well, our kids were counting! 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