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Old Speck Mountain you surely burnt some old Speck (der Speck= German colloquial for belly fat)

Peak Summited2021 Old Speck Mountain
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadAppalachian Trail
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

My Fitbit logged 348 stairs and 26,506 steps.

This was a fabulous if pretty strenuous hike. The trail is very steep in the beginning and then meanders up and down through fairytale-like forest. Very beautiful. Then, you step out of the forest and are at the summit. This surprised me since all other mountains usually have bare, rocky peaks. To get a panoramic view above the treeline, you can climb a metal viewing tower (sorry to say that I chickened out – the long metal ladder literally goes straight up, and I felt too weak and queasy to pull it off). You still have great views at a few spots on your way up and on the top of the mountain despite the treeline.

I parked at Grafton State Park trailhead. I had originally thought that there was a separate parking for the Appalachian Trail Head, but the big parking lot at Grafton State Park, starts right off with the AT (GPS: 1941 Bear River Rd., Newry, ME).

Great hike – next time, I may be mentally ready to climb that last ladder all the way up 😉

 

 

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