|Mt Baldpate from Old Speck|
I love living in Gorham, Maine. I'm only an hour away from the White Mountains and only 2 hours away from Grafton Notch State Park. This state park preserves the mountain pass that separates two of Maine's most prominent mountains. This is a geologically fascinating area and its full of waterfalls, rivers and cliffs. The great Appalachian Trail bisects the park and takes the hiker up both Baldpate Mountain and Old Speck. Both mountains are part of the Mahoosuc Range of Maine which is known as one of the more difficult parts of the AT.
|Atop Old Speck|
The trail up Old Speck mountain is about 4 miles, one way and it mostly wanders through the dense forests of Maine. There are a few points where the trail goes through a clearing and the hiker can enjoy views of Baldpate Mountain. But really, its a destination-based trail. The woods are serene, but if you're looking for sweeping views, you'll have to wait until you reach the top!
Fortunantely, some kind souls decided to provide a fire tower at the top of Old Speck which offers a full 360 degree panorama. This is surely one of the most scenic mountains in Maine. From the top, you can see for 50 miles in almost every direction- all the way to Mt Washington! You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you've climbed Maine's 4th highest mountain and #13 on New England's 50 finest mountains.
After chatting it up with a couple other peak-baggers, I made my way down the
|Mt Baldplate from West Baldpate|
|View of Old Speck from Baldpate Mountain|
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