TOWN: North Oxford
DESTINATION: Old Speck Mountain
ELEVATION: 4170 Ft
SUMMIT COORDINATES: N44 34.249, W70 57.223
TRAIL: AT (Old Speck trail), Mahoosuc Trail
DISTANCE: 3.8 miles one way
ELEVATION GAIN: 2670 Ft
HIKING TIME: 4 hours
DATE: December 26, 2020
WEATHER: Overcast. temperatures in the 30's
PARKING: Parking (plowed in winter) for 35-40 cars is available at the AT crossing on Route 26, ME marked as "Hiking Trails". Outhouses are available.
3 hours from Manchester
USGS QUAD: Old Speck Mountain
MAP: Old Speck Mountain
DESCRIPTION: The marked trail begins at the trail information kiosk and heads west into the woods and meeting the junction of the Eyebrow Trail. The Old Speck trail heads left and crosses a few small tributaries then turns north and climbs moderately as it parallels Cascade Brook (not shown on maps) soon reaching the upper junction of the Eyebrow Trail after 1.1 miles and 1000 feet elevation gain. The Old Speck trail turns to the west gradually looping south through beautiful woods following a northern ridgeline of Old Speck Mountain. The incline is fairly consistent to 3300 feet where a short section allows you to catch your breath before a steep incline brings you to the junction with the Mahoosuc Trail after 3.5 miles. Old Speck is a short 0.3 miles to the east. The remains of a fire tower stand on the summit. The exposed platform was inaccessible due to icy rungs of the ladder. Great views!
|AT - Mahoosuc Trail||3.5||3.5|
|Mahoosuc Trail - Old Speck Summit||0.3||3.8|
|AT - Mahoosuc Trail||2 hours||2 hours|
|Mahoosuc Trail - Old Speck Summit||15 min||2 hours 15 min|
|Descent||1 hour 45 min||4 hours|
NOTES / COMMENTS:
I truly enjoyed the design of this trail as it followed Cascade Brook then looped around over the northern ridge occasionally offering views of Old Speck. The upper section of woods is beautiful as it transitions from hardwood to spruce. The inclines aren't too steep until you reach the 0.5 mile section leading to the junction from the Old Speck trail to the Mahoosuc trail. No Photos.