The west loop from 26 up to Old Spec's fire tower was fine. I probably didn’t pay attention as much to the directions about the loop trail that exists, even as I’m reading it now. Super very unfriendly trail abutters across from western loop trailhead... campsites were clean not busy. The trail was clearly not kept up this year, very overgrown particularly between Old Speck summit and slide campgrounds. From here is the 2.1 mile ascent of East Peak of Baldpate, where, after 17.1 miles, the trail connects the Appalachian Trail. Appalachian Trail This rugged 21.6-mile route links five summits and passes a plague honoring the final section of the Appalachian Trail. Only 3.3 miles from Whitecap is the Slide Mountain Campsite, which is … Your log in attempt was not successful. All Rights Reserved. The Grafton Notch/Mahoosuc area encompasses some of Maine’s most spectacular mountain terrain. In some areas the trail was over grown and we did find a few blow downs. From East: Success Pond Road leaves ME Route 26 about 2.8 miles north of the Appalachian Trail crossing in Grafton Notch State Park. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until November. More information about the reserve can be found at Maine Natural Areas Program's Ecoreserve Fact Sheet for Mahoosuc Unit. Friday night we parked at the southern parking lot 985 Maine 26, Newry, ME 04261 Near intersection of Rt 26 and Eddy Rd and hiked the 0.5ish mile south from parking lot to the Grafton Loop Trailhead (44.530831,-70.825252) Parking is not allowed here at this trailhead, hence the road hike. There is a campsite (Bull Run) 1.9 miles from Old Spec with water and another campsite (Slide) 2.1 miles further with marginal water. This potentially has the makings of a great trail, but the only views were on Sunday River Whitecap. After the cairn on the summit the trail follows open ledges to about .2 miles after the summit where the other end of the Woodsum Spur trail branches to the right. The trail is a rugged, remote backcountry trail, much of it on private land. This trail is not for the faint hearted as I have done it four times. There are four campsites that allow camping on this portion of the trail. Great views on puzzle mountain. It felt a bit like glamping, which we enjoyed given our newbie status. 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. Spectacular views from Old Speck and Baldpate peaks, though getting down Old Speck and up the last .5 of Baldpate were probably the toughest bits of the whole loop. I had the Grafton Trail to myself. I parked my car at the Rattle River Trailhead just off Rt 2, outside of Gorham, NH, and waited for my ride up to the trail head in Grafton Notch about 35 miles north. There were some times that the trail was a little touch and go, the section between Town Corner and Lightening Ledge Knob was particularly hard to follow, but not impossible. Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 869 ft Route type Loop West of ME Route 26 (17.5 miles, strenuous): The western section, leaving from the northern trailhead at the A.T. crossing of ME 26, follows the A.T. southbound along Cascade Brook. The trail then follows a series of minor peaks before traversing Sunday River Whitecap. Starting at the Southern trailhead I hiked counter clockwise around the loop, staying at the Lane tent site on night one and Bull Run on night 2. This trail is partially within the 9,993-acre Mahoosuc Ecological Reserve, which, like all Maine State Ecological Reserves, is specifically set aside to protect and monitor natural ecosystems. 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… This 12-miler climbs out of Black Brook Notch and connects a string of summits with far-reaching views of distant peaks and countless lakes. From there it is another 4 miles southbound along the A.T. to return to ME Route 26. Day three is long but rewarding, following the AT through cliff-lined Grafton Notch, over the twin Baldpate Peaks, and down a ladder on Lightning Ledge to a relaxing evening at Lane Campsite, where a spur trail leads to a waterfall and swimming hole. Still love the hike. Was a hot buggy trip. AT parts of the trail are much better maintained than the other parts which are pretty overgrown. Our nights were cold, in the 30F's, but reasonable with the gear we had. It has become an increasingly popular destination for hikers and backpackers wishing to hike a loop. I did the full loop in June of 2020 and had an excellent time. On my 1988, even with a functioning air vent valve system, the heater core is such a hot element, that it wasn't letting my evaporator work well. good decline to start difficult but doable climb to white cap gentle climb down to Sargent Brooke camp. Please try again. Directions to Grafton Loop Trail trailhead: Four campsites between Puzzle and Baldpate. © 2021 Maine Trail Finder. From the Grafton Loop Trailhead, the closest campsite on the eastern section is 5 miles from the road, on the other side of 3,000-foot Puzzle Mountain. In the woods nearly the whole trip. Next day was 8.3 across Long and up Puzzle (very steep) to Stewart campsite for the final night. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Hello fellow grease balls. If you are interested in maintaining a section, please see the Baldpate Districtin the current vacancy section of our Trail Maintainer Page. After some views to the south and east, the trail descends a long series of rock steps to a campsite and finally down to the Bear River and ME Route 26. We found the AT section to be the most strenuous, the view from Sunday River Whitecap to be the best, and the summit approach for Old Speck to be our favorite stretch. Occasional problems finding a trail marker, but overall well marked. From here, it heads across a field to a snowmobile bridge across the Bear River. This loop was awesome, absolutely would recommend! I would suggest keeping a GPS handy, because there were several times when I could not see any markers and had to reference my GPS to figure out where the trail was. Western Section, to AT parking lot in Grafton Notch This byway follows along the Bear River for much of the trip. About 0.1 mile before the southwest summit, the Woodsum Spur trail leaves the main trail to the right. Trail was not well blazed and in the open hardwood sections, overgrown. There was still snow on anything above 3000 feet. We then went up and over the Sunday River Whitecap, which was the only section above the tree line. Trail was fine to Puzzle but lots of blowdowns between Puzzle and Baldpate. You really had to watch your feet to stay on the trail. The Grafton Notch/Mahoosuc area encompasses some of Maine’s most spectacular mountain terrain. It had absolutely STUNNING views and I would suggest it to anyone hiking the loop as a point to enjoy. Completed over 3 days 08/14-16 starting east. Interested in learning more about trails in Maine? Tough elevation but worth it in the end! We only hiked to Puzzle Mountain, but the trail and views were amazing! Mandymac71 wrote a review Oct 2020. Final day was 4.9 back to the car! From the intersection of US Route 2 and ME Route 26 in Newry, follow ME Route 26 approximately 12 miles north to where the Appalachian Trail crosses the road. We camped Friday night at the Bald Mountain Campsite (2 miles from Rt 26) which had 2 wooden tent platforms, designated kitchen area with bear box, and composting outhouse. Please prepare accordingly. Andover, Andover West Surplus Twp, Grafton Twp, Newry, Riley Twp, Click on a parking icon to get custom directions. The trail is a rugged, remote backcountry trail, and much of it is on private land. The Grafton Loop Trail is a 38.6 mile, backcountry hiking experience in the Mahoosuc Mountains of Maine. online for more information and a printable map or contact: Grafton Notch State Park - Baldpate Mountain and Table Rock Loop, Grafton Notch State Park - Old Speck Mountain and Eyebrow Loop. First five miles are up hill. Length 2.1 miElevation gain 1069 ftRoute type Loop If you are interested in helping to maintain the GLT, please contact MATC Baldpate District Overseer Tom Gorrill at woodencanoeboy@gmail.com or (207) 657-4249; or Kim Marion, AMC North Country Volunteer Coordinator at 603-466-2721 X192. This massive trail-building effort was done over a six-year period by members of the Grafton Loop Trail Coalition, which includes the Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands, the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Maine Conservation Corps, Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, several timber management companies, Sunday River Ski Resort, and other private landowners. Saturday was a beautiful hike up Bald and Stowe mountains; nothing too steep and the AMC has done some great additions of planks and stairs in the most steep areas. Grafton Notch Trail is a 53.9 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newry, Maine that features a river and is rated as difficult. We camped Saturday night at the Bull Run Campsite (2 miles south of Old Speck Mountain), which had all the same amenities as the Bald Mountain campsite. The western section of the Trail has been open for use since 2003. The only issue for us was we didn't encounter any water between the base of Stowe Mountain and the Slide Mountain campsite. Coming north on Route 26, the parking area are will be on the right, directly across from Eddy Road on the left. GF and I did the Western half of this loop from 5/8/2015 to 5/10/2015. I get the impression that it does not see a lot of traffic as it is very overgrown, in places it felt like we were bushwhacking because the growth was so thick. Grafton Notch is a magnificent mountain pass in Southwestern Maine, a short drive from Gorham, NH, the last major trail town that Appalachian Trail thru-hikers visit before leaving New Hampshire. The trail crosses many streams then ascends the north shoulder of Old Speck, rising out of the woods and offering frequent views of the Notch. There's a very pretty brook with a little waterfall that you cross to get to the campsite from the trail. Water abundantly available in October. Including a section of the Appalachian Trail, it provides a multi-day loop backpacking experience. Take the 0.3-mile spur to the left, at approximately 3.5 miles from the trail head, to the summit and observation tower. Southern Trailhead: The southern trailhead is 4.7 miles north on ME Route 26 from the intersection of US Route 2 and ME Route 26 in Newry. To access the western section of the trail, walk south along ME Route 26 for 0.5 miles; the trail leaves from the western side of the road. The trail is a rugged, remote backcountry trail, much of it … Worst part of the trail was the 0.6 miles of road you have to walk to return back to the parking lot. Grafton Notch Campground in Newry, Maine. The western portion of Grafton Notch State park offers two advanced hiking trails that offer excellent views of the mountain range and challenging terrain. Probably best to hike with a companion Good cell phone reception through out to keep contact with family and friends. The trail emerges on the road a half mile south of the Southern trailhead parking area. I will probably go back up with a saw and clear some of the blowdowns, The trail kind of disappears when a 40 ft tree falls on it. Campground had a running stream and 3 sites with 1 bear box. Currently there seems to be plenty of water. This challenging trail traverses the peaks in the Mahoosuc Region above Grafton Notch and the Bear River Valley. has shaft play. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage. No fires are allowed on the trail or at the campsites. Did the loop clockwise in 4 days, 3 nights. Success! Route 26 runs through the middle of the notch and it can easily be reached from the Lakes Region in about three hours. There is a campsite about 2 miles after the summit of Old Speck. PLAN YOUR Summer Adventures! The water source is a brook, which was pretty dried up, but we were able to walk up the creek bed and find a fairly deep and clear pool for our bottles/dinner. No additional water until you get to the other side of Bald Mtn. Follow the white-blazed Appalachian Trail south along Cascade Brook. This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. Next day was around 14 miles to Lane Campground. Once a route marked by swift-moving rivers flowing through the mountain valley, the Grafton Notch scenic byway begins in Newry, just north of the Sunday River Ski Area, and travels along Route 26 to Grafton Notch State Park and Lake Umbagog, which crosses the New Hampshire border. 26 by walking south on Route 26 for .5 miles to the trail sign on the road. Sargent Brook Campsite was dry. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Portions of the trail traverse both Maine’s Grafton Notch State Park as well as a good deal of private land. The trail then heads down Puzzle, passing the Stewart Campsite on a short spur to the left, to the valley between Puzzle and Long Mountain, where it crosses the headwaters of Chase Hill Brook (reliable water). Grafton Notch State Park: Eyebrow loop trail - See 197 traveler reviews, 152 candid photos, and great deals for Bethel, ME, at Tripadvisor. Turn left onto the Carriage Road, also following the Appalachian Trail, to reach the main summit. Eastern Section to AT parking lot in Grafton Notch: But the views are lovely from the ridge, as you can look all the way down the notch. This significant trail-building effort was done over a six-year period by members of the Grafton Loop Trail Coalition, which includes the Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Maine Conservation Corps, Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, several timber management companies, Sunday River Ski Resort, and other private landowners. It is 4 miles from there, south on the AT back to Route 26 and the large trailhead parking lot in Grafton Notch State Park. Grafton Notch State Park is also part of the Maine Birding Trail. All reviews table rock screw auger falls grafton notch hiking trails beautiful area orange trail picnic area nice hike picnic lunch short hike large boulders cold mountain difficult trail scenic drive coming down great hiking bug spray experienced hikers three hours moderate hike few hours cave. Highly recommend. But a trip to this state park does not need to include a summit experience. These awesome businesses support our goal of connecting people to outdoor adventures in Maine! It may be accessed from the Grafton Loop trailhead on Rt. Privys were functional and the campsites are solid. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. About 1.5 miles from Long Mountain there is reliable water as the trail descends one fork of Wight Brook and the ascends another. Stream dried up at Stewart so make sure to fill up at the stream at the base of Puzzle. More information about the reserve can be found at Maine Natural Areas Program’s Ecoreserve Fact Sheet for Mahoosuc Unit. Got an 87, 6.9l with a banks kit (pre sidewinder, no waste gate) and the turbo needs to be rebuilt. Funding was provided by several private donors and foundations, as well as by the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and federal Recreational Trails Program funding. The Grafton Notch/Mahoosuc area encompasses some of Maine’s most spectacular mountain terrain. 6/17-19/20 Started at the Puzzle Mtn parking lot and did the east loop first. Highly recommend Lane campground, it has a waterfall and small pools to take a dip (chilly but soothing). This trail is partially within the 9,993-acre Mahoosuc Ecological Reserve, which, like all Maine State Ecological Reserves, is specifically set aside to protect and monitor natural ecosystems. This major trail effort was a cooperative effort among private landowners, the state of Maine, and nonprofit organizations such as the AMC. Old Speck, at 4180 feet, is the third highest mountain in Maine. Western Section, to AT parking lot in Grafton Notch The western section of the Trail has been open for use since 2003. Bridging the White Mountains and Southern Maine, The Mahoosuc Trail is part of a 31 mile section of the Appalachian Trail that runs from Gorham, NH to Grafton Notch in Maine. From the junction of Route 2 and Route 26, travel North on Route 26 (towards Grafton Notch State Park) 4.7 miles and turn right into a gravel parking area. Two trails allow for moderate or more challenging options, and for a longer hike continue up to Baldpate Mountain for 5.8-7.6 miles total. Indeed, water and snack a must! Use mileage to determine the correct road as Success Pond Road is an unmarked logging road leaving ME Route 26 on the western side of the road (left side if coming from the State Park). Here the Grafton Loop trail branches off and heads south. The trail, which connects to the Appalachian Trail at Old Speck and the East Peak of Baldpate Mountain on either side of ME Route 26, highlights the natural features and mountain peaks of the area encircling Bear River Valley. Access to the eastern half of the trail is from the northern end of the parking area. Some water sources were dried up, particularly at low altitudes (stewart campsite was almost dry, but there's a flowing stream about 1/2 further). The Woodsum Spur traverses the open ledges around the summit of Puzzle before returning to the GLT. Including a section of the Appalachian Trail, it provides a multi-day loop backpacking experience. Water is pretty abundant throughout, good mix of terrains, and the views are fantastic! We saw a moose, an owl, plenty of toads, and some beautiful birds! All of the streams were full and the trail had ankle deep water. Lovely loop, campsites were full every night, but everyone always got a spot. Most people were on the AT. Sunday's summiting of Old Speck was my favorite part of the hike; super gentle inclines through some beautiful forests. It has become an increasingly popular destination for hikers and backpackers wishing to hike a loop. The one at Bull Run is non-existant as far as we could tell. Fun hike. The Glencliff Trail ends at a junction with the Carriage Road in a sag between the South Peak and the main summit. Grafton Notch State Park: Table Rock and Baldpate Mountain, The Eyebrow and Old Speck, Grafton Loop Trail. Visit the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Maine Appalachian Trail Club online for more information and a printable map or contact: Northern Trailhead: This trailhead also serves as the main trailhead for Grafton Notch State Park. As many people probably think, let’s choose the shorter portion since it will be quicker. We would absolutely do it again, hopefully doing the full loop next year. We actually arrived at the summit by 'accident'; we heard some voices, turned a corner, and were there! A short side trail leads to a good view near the summit. The renowned Grafton Notch Scenic Byway bisects the Park and several pull-offs highlight interesting natural features. I called Banks and they were no help. In Grafton Notch State Park, part of the Maine Birding Trail, birdwatchers can observe peregrine falcons, a wide variety of songbirds, and - at higher elevations - northern forest species. It may be accessed from the Grafton Loop trailhead on Rt. Trail was marked, including signs for upcoming camp sites. The only camping is at four designated campsites on the eastern section and four on the western section. From here, it heads across a field to a snowmobile bridge across the Bear River. Because of its length and the terrain it traverses, the trail is strenuous and requires appropriate equipment and preparation. East of ME Route 26 (21.1 miles, strenuous): The eastern half of the trail, coming from the south, leaves ME Route 26 at the southern trailhead and continues to the open summit of Puzzle Mountain after passing several ledges with fine views of the Bear River Valley, the Mahoosuc Range and the Presidential Range beyond. Grafton Notch lies in Western Maine, along the border with New Hampshire, just east of Mahoosuc Notch. The section of trail over Puzzle Mountain is mostly on land owned by the Mahoosuc Land Trust and permanently protected from development. With all the great hiking in Maine, the Grafton Loop Trail is a rarity for the state: a multi-day backpacking loop on the outskirts of the White Mountains. Had a little water on the way up. Camping is allowed only in 5 designated campsites along the trail, and in some sections, it is a long distance between reliable sources of water. We're accepting reservations for the 2020 Camping Season 2020 - OPEN Mid-May through Columbus Day. I am finally getting started on my baby and I need some assistance. Log in or create an account below to unlock all the great features of Maine trail finder: keep track of trails you want to do, preserve memories of trails you’ve done, earn badges, and more! Campsites near the Appalachian Trail, the Mahoosuc Range, Grafton State Park & Grafton Loop Trail. This 38.6-mile loop trail located in the Mahoosuc Mountain Range of Maine was completed in 2007. Birdwatchers can observe peregrine falcons, a wide variety of songbirds, and at higher elevations some northern forest species. From Whitecap the trail descends to a campsite below Sargent Mountain and then to Bald Mountain. The western portion of Grafton Notch State Park offers two rugged trail experiences offering spectacular views of the Mahoosuc Mountain Range and of Old Speck Mountain on the eastern side of Grafton Notch. A new password has been emailed to you. In 2011, a new 1.8-mile side trail off the GLT was opened. The trail leaves Route 26 and continues 17.1 miles to the summit of East Baldpate where it intersects with the Appalachian Trail. Grafton Notch Trail is a 33.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newry, Maine that features a river and is rated as difficult. Day 2 was certainly the most challenging with the ascent of Baldpate, descent to the road followed by the ascent of Old Speck, however all of this was along the AT with plenty of people and trail marking and maintenance. The trail leaves from the end of this parking area at the sign. This challenging trail traverses the peaks in the Mahoosuc Region above Grafton Notch and the Bear River Valley. A rugged hike but worth it when you see the 360 degree views from the tower! Table Rock & Baldpate The best short hike in Maine, Table Rock is a 2.4-mile roundtrip in Grafton Notch State Park with spectacular mountain views at the summit. The loop sections that are not frequented by day hikers are significantly overgrown. We hiked just the western portion of the loop on 9/18-20/2020 as our first ever backpacking trip (though we've put some 10-15 mile day hikes in our books this summer). There are two campsites on short side trails in this section, about 1.3 miles apart; one has a spectacular waterfall and pool. The Appalachian Trail goes through GNSP. We did it in 3 days but have talked to folks that have done it in 2-4 days. Water is available at each campsite. The tent site at Slide mountain consisted of privy. More Eyebrow Trail and Appalachian Trail Loop is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Newry, Maine that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. This 38.2-mile circuit is still the new kid in the hiking guidebook; the eastern half was completed and opened in 2003, while the western half began accepting boot traffic in 2007. Phenomenal views scattered throughout, but mostly in the woods. The southern trailhead is located just north of where Eddy Road meets Route 26 in Newry, Maine. I helped build the trails here in 1994! Lots of PUDS but great view from Sunday River Whitecap. Unique trail structures were designed and built on Sunday River Whitecap to protect fragile plants unique to the area. From Sunday River Whitecap, the Grafton Loop Trail descends into Miles Notch, elevation 2,350 feet, and after cutting through the notch, begins a long and gradual climb up an arm of Old Speck Mountain. I saw one Moose and many tracks along with plenty of scat. Please try again. Check out the newest articles in MTF Stories! In the winter, adventurous snowshoers and cross-country skiers enjoy exploring ungroomed trails. After Sunday River Whitecap, the trail skirts the slide on Slide Mountain, descends slightly into the upper Bull Branch (of the Sunday River) valley, and finally climbs the southern flank of Old Speck to reconnect with the AT. The trail across much of the summit is on a unique raised walkway that protects fragile, rare alpine plants from hiker’s boots. Black flies were most prevalent on the upper slopes. It was similar to a Wilderness Area trail, like you might find in the Wild River. I've come away thinking that the non-AT sections of the trail are used significantly more by Grafton Notches moose population than human population and that is quite okay with me. Countless PUDS but the views are spectacular. This is a tough little trail! Completed in the summer of 2007, the Grafton Loop Trail offers 39 miles of hiking along a trail that connects a series of scenic peaks and other natural features in Maine’s Grafton Notch. Appalachian Trail: Beaver River Road to Carolo Col Shelter, Baldpate from the East (Andover) Side via Cataracts Trail and Frye Brook Trail. The trail then ascends Lightning Ledges for several good views. Trail directions from the GLT trailhead: The Appalachian Trail goes through GNSP. Lots of blowdowns along the trail. With Old Speck Mountain topping out at 4,170 feet and Baldpate Mountain East Peak (3,780 ft.) and West Peak (3,662 ft.), a lot of occasional hikers might be intimidated. This section of the trail is quite rugged hiking, even more strenuous than the Presidential Range in … Sargent Brook tent site was decent with a bear box and communal cooking area. Coming north on ME Route 26, the trailhead and parking area will be on the left with signs indicating the state park. Funding was provided by several private donors and foundations, as well as by the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and federal Recreational Trails Program funding. Eyebrow Trail in red (at the north end of the map); Grafton Loop Trail in blue. We had both campsites to ourselves each night, but crossed paths with a few other hikers and groups on both Saturday and Sunday. 26 by walking south on Route 26 for.5 miles to the trail sign on the road. We had lunch at the Sargent Brook campsite, which didn't have any water source we could find. It is often used by camp and school groups. Grafton Notch State Park has waterfalls, a cave and a couple of big mountains. The first had no water, the second was marginal and the last two had adequate water.. View from Sunday River White Cap was phenomenal! Grafton Notch State Park and Mahoosuc Public Lands West Side of Route 26 •Old Speck Trail (7.6 miles, 7 hours, challenging) affords spectacular views from an open observation tower at the summit. After a .5 mile descent, the East Baldpate campsite is on the right. Bear box at Slide was left open and full of water. Slide Campground had a bear box. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Along the gradual descent there is a campsite to the right. The trail then ascends Long Mountain, following the Andover-Newry town line north over rugged terrain and mostly private land. Some blowdowns. My friend Marc picked me up about 15 minutes later, but not until after two other vehicles had stopped to offer me rides. The trail then continues descending southward, skirting Slide Mountain, to Miles Notch. The most strenuous hiking we had was the decent down the AT to the parking lot; those are long four miles with packs when you're a newbie. The Grafton Notch Loop is 39 mile trail that was completed in 2007. It is often used by camp and school groups. Trail poorly marked. All reviews table rock screw auger falls grafton notch hiking trails beautiful area orange trail picnic area nice hike picnic lunch short hike large boulders cold mountain difficult trail scenic drive natural beauty great hiking moderate hike few hours cave speck moose loop. All that being said, we had a great 3 days with particularly beautiful views white cap. 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