On the western half of the trail, expect to use the brooks by ten tsites for water except for the southern two miles between Bald Mountain tent site and the southern trailhead where the trail follows a small brook. Thanks to the AMC and the Grafton Loop Trail Coalition, 30 miles of new trails were built since 2002. The coalition worked with private landholders to gain right-of-way via temporary access, easement, or outright purchase. Took me about ten hours to drive up from Jersey. However, an observation tower stands on its summit. A few notes that may help others: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/maine/grafton-notch-trail The eastern half of the Grafton Loop was completed and opened to the public in June 2003. Despite the challenging terrain, beginners will appreciate the obtainable distance and the nine campsites throughout the loop that allow for a casual pace if desired for those not looking to rush. By October, freezing temperatures can occur at the higher elevation campsites. Just to clarify, no prior reservation or permit is required for camping at along the Grafton Loop? Day 3: 5.1 mi For the AMC, this was the first major trail constructed by the club since the building of the Centennial Trail in the Mahoosucs in 1976. I did have one tick but it was only on my sock. https://www.strava.com/activities/3878371495 Bring a shelter for use at the tent sites. The trail overall is in good condition. Perhaps you’ve stayed in a few (or all!) The others are maintained by the Maine ATC. For detailed trail mileage and a map, the most recent edition of the Maine Mountain Guide by Carey Kish is a great resource that covers the entire trail. The full loop didn’t open until 2007 after a major collaboration between private land owners, the state of Maine, and several conservation groups, including the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and the Maine Appalachian Trail Conference (MATC.) 26 to Bald Mt Campsite 1.68 mi https://www.strava.com/activities/3870759583 The closest campsite from the road is 5 miles in, on the other side of 3,000-foot Puzzle Mountain. The trail traverses strenuous terrain with substantial elevation changes. Oct 3, 2012 - Information on Grafton Loop Trail backcountry campsites and shelters. The previous year, while hiking the Appalachian Trail, from North Adams, Massachusetts to Mount Katahdin in Maine, I remember seeing the trail signs and blazes for the Grafton Notch Loop Trail. I encountered almost no other people on the trail. Starting at the southern trailhead does seem to have a few advantages. If you go clockwise, you’ll find sometimes that the blue blazes along the trail are not easy to spot, especially at dawn or dusk. The area averages around 40 inches of rain a year and wet weather isn’t uncommon. Excellent synopsis! https://www.strava.com/activities/3873658635 https://www.strava.com/activities/3878372815 The longest stretch without a campsite is on the northern end of the loop between Baldpate Lean-to and Bull Run tent site south of Old Speck, approaching eight miles between sites. The route in the northern sections of the loop … March 23, 2017. The best opportunities for moose seem to be on the private land between Puzzle Mountain and Long Mountain, where logging has occurred. The trail connects to the AT at two points on either side of Grafton Notch to create a loop, ~42 miles in length. Loved the trail. We're accepting reservations for the 2020 Camping Season 2020 - OPEN Mid-May through Columbus Day. 3,812 foot East Baldpate sits near the northern end where the eastern half of the loop intersects the AT. We're accepting reservations for the 2020 Camping Season 2020 - OPEN Mid-May through Columbus Day. Take note that the western portion of the trail is accessed .6 miles south of this trailhead via a road walk on 26. The AMC describes the camping areas along the trail here. Lots of cobwebs encountered. The trail traverses over eight summits including several that are open and exposed. Traversing the Bear River, Sunday River-Whitecap and Miles Notch, this part of the trail ends on the summit of Old Speck Mountain at its junction with the Mahoosuc Trail/AT. to Slide Mt Campsite 3.1 mi Campsites near the Appalachian Trail, the Mahoosuc Range, Grafton State Park & Grafton Loop Trail. There are several side trails that can be added to the loop and the Maine Mountain Guide covers these trails in detail as well. The views stretch down the Mahoosuc Range into the Presidentials. As far as clockwise or counterclockwise, the trail can be hiked in either direction and there doesn’t seem to be any real advantage one way or another. In spite of the comedy of errors on my first night of hiking, it still ended up being a marvelous trip. The Grafton Loop Trail traverses sections of private land. Puzzle Mountain:  Puzzle Mountain, sitting near the southern end at 3,142 feet, is another peak that would probably be forgotten if not for the Grafton Loop. The complete loop didn’t open till 2007 after a serious collaboration between personal land house owners, the state of Maine, and a […] Typical temperatures during the summer will be in the 70s and 80s during the day and 50s at night with humid conditions. Wildlife: The Grafton Loop Trail travels through moose country. The western section of the Grafton Loop Trail (GLT) covers 17.1 scenic miles from the Eddy Road parking lot to the Appalachian Trail lot, both on Route 26. Elevations range from around 700 feet near the southern end of the trail, to 4,170 feet on the summit of Old Speck. Despite the lower elevation, the climbing is somewhat more gradual in either direction from the southern trailhead. Last day on the Grafton Loop Trail. Compared to the venerable trails just over the border in New Hampshire, the Grafton Loop is relatively new. This major trail effort was a cooperative effort among private landowners, the state of Maine, and nonprofit organizations such as the AMC. There is also a direct view of Sunday River Ski Area. The numbers: 39 miles, 3 to 4 days The hike: Crossing nine peaks, this route links a rocky section of the AT with 31 miles of smooth singletrack for a view lover’s tour de force.Start at the south end and hike clockwise, traversing the bare granite ledges of Sunday River Whitecap, where tasty blueberries (ripe in August) from trailside bushes will compete with the views for your attention. Last summer I helped build a privy at one of the campsites. of them. Our campsite for the night was Slide Mountain Campsite. I personally recommend the Lane tent site on the eastern section of the trail. The trail hikes over open rock with wooden planks traversing fragile alpine vegetation. The only camping is at 8 designated campsites on the trail. The coalition worked with private landholders to gain right-of-way via temporary access, easement, or outright purchase. The Grafton Loop Trail is a 38.6 mile loop through Grafton Notch with commanding views of the Mahoosuc Range. After I thru-hiked the AT in 1999, I never worked full time again. North of Stewart tent site the trail crosses and follows several brooks en route to East Baldpate. The eastern half of the GLT consists of a 21-mile arc that leaves Route 26 in Newry, Maine, and returns to the road in Grafton Notch State Park via four miles on Appalachian Trail (AT). The dogs were exhausted. 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. We frequently had to smack them off our tents through the night. They are used here with permission. According to the AMC, the brook by Stewart tent site can be unreliable. As an added bonus, gray jays frequently greet hikers that linger long enough near the summit. You can read about my adventures at www.tomcatsadventures.com . Most of the route features blue blazes. tentsite: site with just tent platforms or pads in designated area and no shelter/lean-to. The buyer pays the same price as they would otherwise, and your purchase helps to support The Trek's ongoing goal to serve you quality backpacking advice and information. The Grafton Loop Trail allows backpackers to experience a multiday backpacking trip in fairly remote and rugged terrain. In spite of the comedy of errors on my first night of hiking, it still ended up being a marvelous trip. Day 1: Rt. Backpackers of all experience levels will find the the loop a worthy destination. Only concern is the ladder that you picture in this article. It's a beautiful place set on the side of Puzzle Mountain near a small brook. There are two trailheads that access the Grafton Loop Trail, one near the north end of the loop and one at the southern end. The 2008 trip was one of our classic adventures, and I wrote about it a the time. The area was overrun with mice at night. Ladders aid hikers over rocky drops. * shelter: site with a three-sided lean-to and no designated tenting area. campsite: site with both shelter/lean-to and tent platforms or pads in designated area. 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. Hi, I'm Troy, AKA- TOMCAT. The AMC website offers a basic trail description with camping information here and a map here. Sargent Mt Campsite to Sunday River Whitecap Mt 1.0 mi If you are planning a trip to this region, please use our group notification system to let us know of your intent to visit and use any sites along the Grafton Loop Trail. North:  From the junction of US 2 and Maine 26 in Newry, head north on 26. The western half is a 13 mile stretch, beginning on Route 26, south of the eastern half’s trailhead. Grafton Loop Trail (38 miles, 3 or more days, chal-lenging), a high-elevation, backcountry trail with seven primitive campsites, connects a series of nine scenic peaks, including Old Speck, Sunday River Whitecap, Puzzle Mountain, and East and West Baldpate. Those who make the climb are greeted with stunning 360-degree views from the lofty perch. Old Speck Mt to Eyebrow Trail 2.4 mi The AMC Maine Chapter and Maine Appalachian Trail Club maintain the Grafton Loop Trail and shelters/campsites, along with the section of the Appalachian Trail that compose the loop. Trail Connections is a proud member of the following: Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association; Appalachian Mountain Club It's a recently constructed ~40 mile loop that utilizes a few miles of the Appalachian Trail in the western part of the state. The summit by itself isn’t too impressive. The route https://www.strava.com/activities/3878368520 The trail passes by the summit of Puzzle Mountain and follows numerous open sections with fine views. Grafton Notch Campground in Newry, Maine. Location: Western Maine on the ridges and peaks surrounding the Bear River Valley, Grafton Notch, and Maine Route 26, Scenery:  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 Range, Approximate Time to Hike: Most can comfortably finish the loop in three to five days. Hiking the Grafton Loop - Camping in Maine - Duration: 48:52. sintax77 63,014 views. Cairns mark the route over open summits. Construction of this leg of the trail involved many individuals and organizations, including the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, the Maine Conservation Corps and the AMC. A large parking area is on the left, 12.1 miles from the junction here. https://www.strava.com/activities/3878374720 After living in Maine for eight years, the hike easily ranks as one of my favorite hikes in the state. Heading south from the summit, steel rungs built into the rock are needed to traverse steep cliffs. The trail is a rugged, remote backcountry trail, and much of it is on private land. Backcountry on a Budget: Low-cost & Free Camping in the Northeast. This website contains affiliate links, which means The Trek may receive a percentage of any product or service you purchase using the links in the articles or advertisements. The AMC maintains the following four sites on the Grafton Loop Trail in Maine: Bull Run, Slide Mtn, Sargent Brook, and Bald Mtn. The northern trailhead also access the AT and several other trails, including the route to Old Speck, which is popular with peakbaggers, causing this trailhead to be much more crowded and potentially full. The MATC also has basic trail information here. You can also check out Tomcat's Outdoor Adventures on Facebook here... https://www.facebook.com/Tomcats-Outdoor-Adventures-1708122116123572/. Thanks for your support! Bull Run Campsite to Old Speck Mt 1.6 mi The trail spends most of its time in the forest, with a handful of open summits that offer classic Maine mountain views stretching all the way the Presidential Range in New Hampshire. Most of the loop’s route can be seen from the summit, including Old Speck, Grafton Notch, the Baldpates, and nearly all of the eastern half of the loop. The trail crosses lengthy stretches of open rock marked with cairns. Mud and biting insects could cause problems early in the season. Old Speck Mountain:  At 4,170 feet, Old Speck is the highest summit on the Grafton Loop and the fifth highest peak in Maine. Accommodations: 2 wooden tent platforms, designated kitchen area, composting outhouse, Accommodations: 3 raised earth tent pads, designated kitchen area, composting outhouse, Location: 3 miles south of Old Speck Mountain, Location: 2 miles south of Old Speck Mountain, Location: off AT, just west of West Baldpate Mountain, Location: 2 miles from the summit of East Baldpate Mountain, Location: 1.6 miles, hiking south from East Baldpate Campsite, Location: 3.1 miles, hiking south from Lane Campsite, Location: 5.5 miles hiking south from Town Corner Campsite or 4.9 miles from Rt 26, Accommodations: Raised earth tent pads, outhouse. East Baldpate Mountain:  East Baldpate gives Sunday River White Cap a run for its money as the best view on the loop. For those looking to expand on their Grafton Loop experience, the 1.8-mile Woodsum Spur Trail follows the open ledges of Puzzle Mountain before rejoining the loop. Mission: build a backpacking loop touring the backcountry's most pristine reaches, and protect it from rampant home development. I helped build the Grafton Loop Trail during the summer 0f 2000. The southern trailhead sees less traffic and is less likely to fill up during crowded periods. Several of the campsites offer bear boxes for food. Grafton Loop Trail Campsites. The terrain below the summit is just as impressive. PLAN YOUR Summer Adventures! I saw a large bull in this section and a smaller cow. Here I am with a group of volunteers as we started work on two separate privies on the Grafton Loop Trail in Maine. AMC Outdoors > Bulletin: Around AMC > Web Exclusives. For those not deterred by heights, the tower can be climbed. As a result, camping is limited to designated sites and the Baldpate Lean-to on the AT portion of the loop. The numbers: 39 miles, 3 to 4 days The hike: Crossing nine peaks, this route links a rocky section of the AT with 31 miles of smooth singletrack for a view lover’s tour de force.Start at the south end and hike clockwise, traversing the bare granite ledges of Sunday River Whitecap, where tasty blueberries (ripe in August) from trailside bushes will compete with the views for your attention. The trail can be difficult to follow at times. All photos are from the author with the exception of the waterfall, jay, and banner, which were taken by Josh Rosenthal. - We jumped in the Jeep, headed south on ME 26, retrieved Whitney's car, headed home, grilled up some burgers, downed a few cold ones, and talked about how awesome the Grafton Loop Trail was. Combined with the 21.1 miles of the eastern section , the Grafton Loop Trail is 38.2 miles of backpacking fun that’s ideal for fall foliage adventures. Day 2 Stats: Grafton Loop Trail, Campsite Spurs - 16.8mi, 4950' gain, 10hr 10min taken Day 3 Stats: Grafton Loop Trail, Campsite Spurs, Appalachian Trail - 11.6mi, 3250' gain, 7hr 5min taken This hike has been on the to-do list for 12 years now, and especially the last 3-4 years, but somehow it still never happened until now. My stay at Stewart Campsite was a peaceful one. The vantage point offers an interesting look toward Mahoosuc Notch, a short distance from the summit. Trail Correspondents 2021: Apply to Join the Team! The loop was built with backpackers in mind. Slide Mt Campsite to Bull Run Campsite 1.0 mi A friend and I are thinking of doing the eastern side of loop. A large parking area is on the right, 4.7 miles from the junction across from Eddy Road, here. But mostly it's because I love to work on trail projects and help bring new trails to life. I experienced them on East Baldpate and just below Old Speck. I used my Garmin to track mileages (which seem to differ at times from the AMC signage): All of the designated camping areas have a water source. Grafton Loop Trail - Day One - Stewart Campsite Trekking On. The Grafton Loop Trail, in the Mahoosucs Range of Western Maine, is one of the newest major trails to be built in New England. I was wondering if u saw ticks: I heard a report of some from someone else. The trail connects to the AT at two points on either side of Grafton Notch to create a loop, ~42 miles in length. The route The AMC Maine Chapter and Maine Appalachian Trail Club maintain the Grafton Loop Trail and shelters/campsites, along with the section of the Appalachian Trail that compose the loop. Appalachian Mountain Club, 10 City Square, Boston, MA 02129 P: 617-523-0655 F: 617-523-0722. The Grafton Loop Trail traverses sections of private land. Day 2: 8.5 mi Grafton Loop Trail Campsites. As soon as the tarp was up they went in, and stayed in for the night. The Grafton Loop Trail (West Section) The Grafton Loop Trail is a new trail completed in 2007 that is designed to help take some of the pressure off the nearby section of the Appalachian Trail and the Speck Pond campsite which receive very heavy use. As a result, camping is limited to designated sites and the Baldpate Lean-to on the AT portion of the loop. The Appalachian Mountain Club maintains the trail west of Route 26, also including four designated campsites. I enjoy all things outdoors including hiking/backpacking, mountain biking, skiing, xc skiing, kayaking, and writing about my experiences. • Grafton Loop Trail (38 miles, 3 or more days, chal-lenging), a high-elevation, backcountry trail with seven primitive campsites, connects a series of nine scenic peaks, including Old Speck, Sunday River Whitecap, Puzzle Mountain, and East and West Baldpate. Trail Connections is a proud member of the following: Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association; Appalachian Mountain Club Portions of the trail traverse both Maine’s Grafton Notch State Park as well as a good deal of private land. East Baldpate is another open summit with fantastic views. The 2008 trip was one of our classic adventures, and I wrote about it a the time. When shining a headlamp outside the tent, numerous mice could often be seen. Thanks! The new sections of trail are connected on the northern end by nearly eight miles of the AT between East Baldpate Mountain and Old Speck, creating one of New England’s best backpacking loops. While I never saw a bear in this area, they are not uncommon. We’d like to collect data and track the usage of these sites. https://www.strava.com/activities/3879624057. The Grafton Loop Trail is a 38.6 mile, backcountry hiking experience in the Mahoosuc Mountains of Maine. ** Regardless of the source, remember to boil, filter, or chemically purify water before use. The Grafton Loop Path presents a terrific style of backpacking in Maine’s rugged mountains. March 23, 2017. Sunday River White Cap:  This 3,335-foot summit is a real gem that would be easily forgotten if not for the Grafton Loop 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. I appreciate your extensive review! Best Camping in Grafton on Tripadvisor: Find traveller reviews, candid photos, and prices for 5 camping in Grafton, Australia. The southern end of the loop between Bald Mountain and Stewart tent sites travels just over seven miles between designated sites, so plan accordingly. In a dry year, later in the season, plan accordingly in the event that the brook is not flowing. Approximately two-thirds of the trail’s length is on private lands with the remainder located on public lands managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. The longest stretch without a campsite is on the northern end of the loop between Baldpate Lean-to and Bull Run tent site south of Old Speck, approaching eight miles between sites. Eyebrow Trail to Grafton Notch AT Parking 1.1 mi This section includes three primitive campsites. Whether new to backpacking or a seasoned veteran, the Grafton Loop Trail offers something for everyone. The summit has a viewing area that takes in much of the Mahoosuc Range and stretches toward the Presidential Range on the horizon. The best weather for hiking the Grafton Loop is between late May and mid-October. Fortunately, there are eight campsites in addition to the lean-to, so finding an appropriate spot to camp isn’t an issue. 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While rodents aren’t unusual at backcountry sites and lean-tos, particularly on the AT, I have a word of caution on the Baldpate Lean-to. The idea morphed into the Grafton Loop Trail Coalition (GLTC). Day 2 Stats: Grafton Loop Trail, Campsite Spurs - 16.8mi, 4950' gain, 10hr 10min taken Day 3 Stats: Grafton Loop Trail, Campsite Spurs, Appalachian Trail - 11.6mi, 3250' gain, 7hr 5min taken This hike has been on the to-do list for 12 years now, and especially the last 3-4 years, but somehow it still never happened until now. Arrived mid to late afternoon and parked at the designated lot on Route 26. Guide & Map (24x18-inches PDF 1.5MB). Use caution on the east side of the loop between Puzzle and Long Mountains, where vegetation obscures the trail in the vicinity of past logging operations. Different than most hiking in the White Mountains; trails are much less traveled. In our busy White Mountain campsites, we rely on the caretaker program to protect the resources of trees, soil, and water quality, and the campsite infrastructure itself, during periods of high use. The remainder of the trail (another 21 miles) opened in June 2007. Appalachian Trail, Grafton Loop Trail, Woodsum Spur Trail, Lane Campsite Spur, Knoll Campsite Spur, Town Corner Campsite Spur, bushwhacks, Stewart Campsite Spur: Date of Hike: Thursday, September 17, 2020: ... With all the out and backs to campsites and viewpoints we did 17.1 miles. Seventeen miles are newly constructed trail, which traverse four mountain peaks and include five primitive campsites. In the quieter Grafton Loop Trail, we rely on visitors themselves, and AMC only checks on … Thanks so much for your awesome trip report. Lots of good info in here. Experienced hikers will appreciate the scenery and relative lack of traffic. 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