Good for them. This was definitely a case where we were suffering in the moment and not ready to look back and recognize how great of a time we had together on a lovely trail. We could hear a babbling brook beyond our campsite. A few notes that may help others: We picked a lot of blueberries and lingered in the streams.Â, This past weekend we did much of the same, but each night, we slept well.Â, Report:Â https://scottlivingston.wordpress.com/2020/07/31/2020-grafton-loop-trail-family-adventure/Â, https://www.strava.com/activities/4178142418, I ran the loop in 10:25 this weekend and it was fun! Given the pandemic and the late start (or no start) to this year’s trail maintenance program, there was lots of blowdown and overgrowth. The trail took us over Lightning Ledge, East Baldpate, and West Baldpate. The more remote sections of trail were very quiet, especially on Thursday and Friday. The trail intersects other major trail systems and offers additional loop opportunities in Millers Pond State Park and Mica Ledges in Durham, the Rockland Preserve in Madison, Braemore Preserve in Guilford, and Giuffrida Park in Meriden. Person-Person. Eyebrow Trail to Grafton Notch AT Parking 1.1 mi Both Laura and Debbie are signed up for the Connecticut FKT Challenge, which ranks this trail the third toughest in the state. A little Googling beforehand showed that Scott and Deb Livingston with Matt Schomburg ran the whole route in 13:26 in 2008, shortly after the loop was completed. There were many trees to climb over or under. We got to swim in Lower Kimball Pond and tour their lovely home. The AMC site has a good description: The Grafton Loop Trail (GTL) is located on both sides of Route 26 and links with the AT on Baldpate Mountain and on Old Speck. One neat thing, and probably due to the extreme heat, is that the wild blueberries were already ripe. Everyone was in a sour mood by the time we got rolling back towards Connecticut. The 2008 trip was one of our classic adventures, and I wrote about it a the time. That allowed us to fill all of our water bladders and bottles. Sargent Mt Campsite to Sunday River Whitecap Mt 1.0 mi https://www.strava.com/activities/3878368520 Blog at WordPress.com. The four of us were tired and groggy on the morning of Day 2, but we got on trail shortly after 8:00 A.M. We stopped mid-morning and hiked a spur trail to the Lane Campsite. Now I'm tired and sore:Â www.strava.com/activities/1891023325.Â, bikeandrun This is the route that Adam and Ryan established. to Slide Mt Campsite 3.1 mi Grafton Loop Trail FKT (Attempt) STRAVA DATA On Friday August 28th I attempted to set a new FKT (Fastest Known Time) for the Grafton Loop Trail. Well, our kids were counting! The best part about this latest adventure is that we did it as a family. It was a nice oasis and we will return! I encountered almost no other people on the trail. We made a pitstop in Chatham to visit our longtime friends Ann and Rich Fargo. Arizona Trail (AZT) Resupply Guide; Gear Reviews. Slide was our favorite site. Debbie has now done about 11 of the 16 listed trails, though many of her runs predate the window for this particular competition. I wish we had more time, but it was getting late. We finished the day at the Baldpate Lean-to. Person-Person. Podcasts . We had carried our BearVault and made good use of it on the previous nights. By the time we pulled into the garage, it was past 10:00 P.M. We were all cranky. Within the bird category, we saw several grouse. The Appalachian Trail section gets more traffic and more maintenance so it was was easier to traverse. Our trip brought back great memories from 2008. For yet others, racing it self-supported to achieve the Fastest Known Time, or FKT, became the quest. They were so kind to host us. We ended the day a bit early but that was OK. The trail is a rugged, remote backcountry trail, and much of it is on private land. Fri, 07/31/2020 - 07:12am, Last weekend we returned to the Grafton Loop Trail for the first time in 12 years. 26 and is quite ugly. We likely did 41 or 42, but who is counting? Last weekend, Debbie and I returned to the Grafton Loop Trail for the first time in 12 years. Lots of cobwebs encountered. Now that we have experienced both routes in both directions, we believe that the route they chose is the faster version. We’ve had the kids out several times in 2020 and they are getting stronger by the day. There was certainly a decent chance of getting off course here, and I was relieved to reach the road, and then I was confused. Read my route description.) They chose to start at the southern road crossing parking lot on Rt. The Grafton Notch/Mahoosuc area encompasses some of Maine’s most spectacular mountain terrain. We find that the first night on a trip is usually a rough night for sleep and that proved to be the case. Maine's High Peaks Traverse is a 36 mile point-to-point route with over 12,000 feet of elevation gain. The Loowit Trail is used for the course of the Volcanic 50K race, which has produced the fastest times. We got a good chuckle out of the concept. This route is the most obvious way to get the most out of the trails by running the circumference around Grafton Lakes and Dunham Reservoir, linking the two via a short road section while moving between the two parks. They were all long climbs and the viewpoints were fantastic. This one scared me, literally and figuratively. The Grafton Loop is a roughly 39 mile, 9 summit hiking loop formed by connecting a portion of the Appalachian trail with the Grafton Loop Trail. and report is here: Episode 89. About Me. We opted to try the counter-clockwise direction starting at the southern parking lot on Rt. Day 1: Rt. Dinner was more dehydrated food and was followed by our best night of sleep. In June I attempted to break Tom Flummerfelt's 17:44 and was ahead of schedule until about the 47 mile point when early season heat got to me. adamiata.blogspot.com/2014/07/grafton-notch-loop.html When one day things did happen to work out, I did my best to make the commute interesting. The loop was inspired by a run Ethan K. had done here years ago. Gender category . After another quick stop in North Conway for take out pizza at Flatbread, we really got rolling. As a refresher, the route is about 39 miles long. The Appalachian Mountain Club maintains the trail west of Route 26, also including four designated campsites. Sunday River Whitecap Mt. The Grafton loop doesn’t let you open up until you get out of the woods onto some ATV trails, when the markings then get a bit sketchy. Ultrarunner YiOu Wang recently set an FKT for the 40-mile stretch in the Sierra Nevada known as the Rae Lakes Loop. 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. In 2014, Adam Wilcox and Ryan Welts discovered the loop and created the official route that appears on the FKT site. Home Appalachian Trail AT Continental Divide Trail CDT Pacific Crest Trail PCT. Two sections on the Grafton Trail (in particular) were “jungle-like” with so much overgrowth that you couldn’t see the trail or your feet. Episode 92: Stringbean McConaughy - How to crush the Long Trail FKT - and what NOT to do! Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Resources . We saw lots of birds, toads, chipmunks, and squirrels. This was a big hike for them. I’ve run 38 kilometers (almost 24 miles) and am just barely past the halfway point of the Flagstaff Loop Trail. Blog at WordPress.com. 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). Sun, 04/26/2020 - 11:43am, I think Debbie and I were the first to do this loop in one shot. Father of the FKT – Buzz Burrell | besthike.com. On the weekend and on the AT, it was a bit more busy. On Day 1, we drove from Connecticut and didn’t get on the trail until noon. For this reason, designated campsites are mandatory for most of the loop’s route, along with a restriction on campfires. Episode 90: Tim Mills: News from across the pond - the British FKT scene explained . It follows the Appalachian Trail between State Highway 4 and 27 and summits 8 of Maine's 14 four thousand foot peaks along the way. RSS Entries and RSS Comments. The MapShare site shows the progress of someone tracking with an inReach satellite communicator. We had our final dehydrated meal of the trip and made use of the bear box as extra precaution. Including a section of the Appalachian Trail, it provides a multi-day loop backpacking experience. This time, we backpacked it in four days with our 13Â year-old son and 10 year-old daughter. My Trail Story - Jeff Garmire Sets the Fastest Known Time ... A Real Adventure: Sorting Out All the F.K.T… Standard route. I remember picking blueberries on Labor Day Weekend in 2008, so it was odd to be picking them on the last weekend in July in 2020. They come with practice. Martin Fritz Huber. It’s going to take a lot of work to whip the trail back into shape. Grafton Loop trail was constructed over a 6 yr period The entire 39-mile trail is a combo of private land and public. Backpacker Radio The Attempt Trail Correspondents . On that day, we never intended to go fast. Grafton Notch Loop (ME) Route variation. https://www.strava.com/activities/3878372815 Looking back, everyone learned something. After some debate, we decided to take the slower, but more scenic route across New Hampshire and then south through Vermont. We only saw a handful of backpackers doing the entire loop. Grafton Loop Trail. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. I just completed the Western half of the loop in two nights three days (Wed/Thurs/Fri) starting at the southern end. I decided to go unsupported, getting … We did bump into a fellow AMC volunteer by the name of Bill who we have met before. https://www.strava.com/activities/3878371495 Matt is a White Mountain National Forest ranger and he has bigtime backcountry credentials. All Posts Advice AT Bloggers CDT Bloggers Featured Gear Inspiration News PCT Bloggers Podcasts Thru-Hiking Culture Trail Profile. Episode 91: Ashly and Jason: 81 FKTs in the last two years! It's a tough one. Join 402 other followers Sign me up! The Grafton Notch Loop is 39 mile trail that was completed in 2007. (Side note: To spice up this loop, use the Pfiffner Traverse to connect Buchanan and Cascade Creeks, rather than the all-trail route around the west side of Thunderbolt Peak. Where do I start? Home Appalachian Trail AT Continental Divide Trail CDT Pacific Crest Trail PCT. We were joined by Matt Schomburg, our erstwhile hiking/running partner from northern NH. We used our Katadyn BeFrde water filter. 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. With side trips to viewpoints, waterfalls, water sources/streams, and campsites, you can’t really hike this loop without walking several extra miles. We had a modest descent to the Bull Run Campsite where we loaded up on water. We made a quick stop for food in Newry as we had to ration what was left on the final day. ( Log Out / It connects an eight mile section of the Appalachian Trail with thirty miles of new trail, forming a loop hike in Grafton Notch that crosses Maine Rt 26 close to its half-way point. We think this worked out for the best. I had hiked many of the trails, which includes several of the hardest trails in the Northeast, and the idea of linking them up … Joining me was my good friend Ryan. 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). We also track unsupported (non-race) times. Person-Person. Collegiate Trail Loop FKT. Fastpacking Routes. FKT Verification | Fastest Known Time. Read messages they have sent to MapShare. I would not have been able to wrap up the 3 rd loop before Thu morning. I used my Garmin to track mileages (which seem to differ at times from the AMC signage): The Grafton Loop Trail (GTL) is located on both sides of Route 26 and links with the AT on Baldpate Mountain and on Old Speck. Jesse Wall and Carissa Winning covered the beastly Grafton Loop of 39 miles and 13,000 feet of gain in 11h 48m for the baseline mixed-gender team mark. Slide Mt Campsite to Bull Run Campsite 1.0 mi Bull Run Campsite to Old Speck Mt 1.6 mi Joe McConaughy FKT on the Long Trail - How He Broke the Mark. Bald Mt Campsite to Sargent Mt Campsite 3.4 mi Multiple blow downs that are easy to navigate around. FKT Report: Swan Song Loop in New Hampshire by Ben Nephew. 7100 ft The Loowit Trail circumnavigates Mt St Helens. Articles . This trip merely wet our appetite for more hiking. Everyone was tired when we reached the Town Corner Campsite. Podcasts . We saw tons of moose poop but never saw a moose. Debbie and I should go back and do it again.Â, bikeandrun Bio; Contact; Past Adventures. When planning our day, for … The last bit of trail was gradually downhill, but very windy. 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. Post to. He covered the distance in 17:30:36, which, considering the … The goal was to get down to the notch by 2:00 P.M. so that we could manage the drive home and have it not be too late. All Posts Advice AT Bloggers CDT Bloggers Featured Gear Inspiration News PCT Bloggers Podcasts Thru-Hiking Culture Trail Profile. Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates. Email Subscription. Articles . It was a long drive across the Kancamagus Highway and then over to Interstate 91. We spent the night there after making dinner, which mostly consisted of Maine-made GOOD TO-GO dehydrated food. Our son is very interested in trail crew, so it was neat to chat with Bill. Episode 90. I tell both my heart and head to calm down and, in that moment, decide one thing for sure. The western half is a 13 mile stretch, beginning on Route 26, south of the eastern half’s trailhead. From there we continued to the swimming hole and waterfall that are just below the site. Day 3 was a tough one. Seventeen miles were newly constructed trail in 2007, which traverse four mountain peaks and include five primitive campsites. The last 0.7 of a mile was on Rt. Episode 91. We got a late start shortly after 8:00 A.M. and made the long descent to the northern end of the notch. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. My GPS track is here: www.strava.com/activities/162689737/overview Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / UPDATE 1: New double Wonderland Trail FKT: 82 hours 50 minutes (3d 10h 50m).Bad weather moved in a day earlier than anticipated and foiled the 3 rd loop. Home | Fastest Known Time. âºï¸, www.strava.com/activities/162689737/overview, adamiata.blogspot.com/2014/07/grafton-notch-loop.html, http://fastestknowntime.proboards.com/thread/534/grafton-notch-loop-me, https://scottlivingston.wordpress.com/2008/09/02/grafton-loop-trail-oneâ¦. The lean-to is technically closed, and we had packed our two-person and three-person Big Agnes tents anyway, so we used a clearing to pitch camp. We just wanted to do it before sunset. On Sunday, July 6, 2014, Ryan Welts and I (Adam Wilcox) ran the entire route in 9:29:30. | Trail Hub ... Home | Fastest Known Time. At 39 miles, the route is a long day for anyone and involves at least six hours driving for me. Male. "All AT hikers must manage this section of trail but few travel to all the high peaks along the way. Thanks so much for your awesome trip report. Back then, we started at the state park at the northern end of the notch where the trail crosses Route 26, and went clockwise finishing with the ascent/descent of 4,170 foot Old Speck Mountain. Few wet spots. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. We pushed a little farther to the Slide Mountain Campsite where we stopped for the night. We’ve been wanting to bring our kids on this loop and thanks to the cancellation of other summer plans, we finally made it happen. All of our gear worked out great. We did it in September 2008. From there, we spent the better part of the hot day climbing Old Speck. This was before GPS tracks were solid and battery life could go the distance. Our effort was unsupported.Â, Our vintage trip report from blog:Â https://scottlivingston.wordpress.com/2008/09/02/grafton-loop-trail-oneâ¦Â, I'm pretty sure we inspired Ryan and Adam to tackle this route. Menu Find A Route; Contact Us The Mattabesett Trail is part of the 215 mile New England National Scenic Trail (NET). With nearly 13,000 feet of elevation gain on rugged (rocks and roots) trails in extraordinary summer heat, this was not easy. Resources . We now all have Osprey brand packs and they were fantastic. Log in or register to post comments; Athletes. All of the campsites appear to have bearboxes, outhouses and usable water sources. (Photo: Courtesy CamelBak) Martin Fritz Huber. I don’t think Debbie and I need any more endurance training, at least not in 2020. The Appalachian Mountain Club had just finished new sections of trail during the prior summer in 2007. I am impressed that you and your family completed the entire loop in four days. https://www.strava.com/activities/3878374720 For sanity and safety reasons, I decided to not head out again. Construction of the 2007 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. This time, we didn’t run the loop, but rather, we backpacked it. Learning how to deal with the elements, fend for yourself, and navigate are just a handful of tools needed to venture into the wild. "-The Maine Appalachian Trail Guide. Follow along online. Single and Multi Day Trips. Appalachian Mountain Club had just finished new sections of trail during the prior summer in 2007, https://www.strava.com/activities/3870759583, https://www.strava.com/activities/3873658635, https://www.strava.com/activities/3878368520, https://www.strava.com/activities/3878370921, https://www.strava.com/activities/3878371495, https://www.strava.com/activities/3878372815, https://www.strava.com/activities/3878374720, https://www.strava.com/activities/3879624057, Connecticut Business & Industry Association, Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series, Finch Brook Trail Loop & Scrooge Scramble (Bolton Edition), Flashback: 2007 Death Race/Pittsfield Peaks Ultra Challenge. We had a fantastic “swim” frolicking in the chilly waters. As near as I can tell, Ryan and I set a new Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the route. This section includes three primitive campsites. What Is An FKT & How Can You Get Started? Day 2: 8.5 mi Looping around Flagstaff: A 45 mile FKT on the Flagstaff Loop Trail. Hiking the Arizona Trail – An Overview. In any case, we left plenty of slack in our day and if this worthy route sees more attention I wouldn't be surprised to see some one better our time by ninety minutes, Neil Clauson He was doing trail work on the slopes of Old Speck and we had a fantastic conversation with him. We were all hungry. Speaking of critters, we saw a fair amount of wildlife on the trail. The view from the top of the fire tower was spectacular and we earned it. https://www.strava.com/activities/3873658635 3.5″ of rain and snow expected for Wed-Thu. The next site was miles away and we had all pushed hard enough. i have a partial track, but the early state Garmin I owned at the time died. In a year with limited racing but plenty of fitness, former top road pro and now gravel racer Peter Stetina chose to focus on record attempts and FKT (fastest know times) as his competitive objective for this season and the legendary White Rim trail in Utah caught his attention when pro mountain biker Payson McElveen (Orange Seal Racing) set the standard last year and in the process, … Sun, 10/07/2018 - 08:26pm, I lowered the time today (10/7/18) to 8:17. They also built their endurance. The Grafton Notch Loop is 39 mile trail that was completed in 2007. Fastest Known Times. The Grafton Loop Trail (GTL) is located on both sides of Route 26 and links with the AT on Baldpate Mountain and on Old Speck. RSS Entries and RSS Comments. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. ( Log Out / Neil Clauson. We are so very appreciative of the dedicated volunteers who look after these trails. They loved the adventure. Ben Nephew November 1, 2017 Fastest Known Time (FKT), Ben Nephew, Team, Maine. We weren’t aiming for a Fastest Known Time (FKT), but just by running the runable sections and pushing it on the steep sections, we were able to establish a time that was orders of magnitude quicker than backpacking it in two, three, or four days. Style. I had a friend (Stas) join me for the first half and a different (Rich) Â friend join me and bring my dog Bennett for theÂ second half. FKT Report: The Grafton Notch Loop in Maine by Ben Nephew. Inside the canister, we stored all of our food, our trash, and all toiletries/body health stuff that might attract a critter. The Grafton Loop Trail, in the Mahoosucs Range of Western Maine, is one of the newest major trails to be built in New England. MATC maintains the trail east of Route 26, including four designated campsites. From Old Speck to the East Baldpate the loops runs concurrently with the Appalachian Trail while the remainder is newly constructed trail with periodic campsites, shelters, and water sources available. This challenging trail traverses the peaks in the Mahoosuc Region above Grafton Notch and the Bear River Valley. 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… We were on the trail before 7:00 A.M. and met our goal, reaching the parking lot by 1:30 P.M. 26 and go counter-clockwise. It's a 36 mile loop, 12-13,000 feet of ascent, going over Puzzle, Baldpate, Old Speck and Sunday River Whitecap Mountains. Bean. 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. After weeks of humidity, the cold front finally passed, and the day was dry and much cooler (high 70's) then the two training runs I had done out there the week before. There were more day hikers on Old Speck and the Eyebrow loop. Deshaies actually ran his loop of the park two weeks before the FKT was made official and added to the database. The SRK is a 75 mile loop, with around 14,000 ft of ascent but the main issue is just rough trails rather than ascents as it traverses Bog, Ragged, Kearsarge and Sunapee Mountains in its 75 mile loop. Differ at times from the top of the fire tower was spectacular and we earned it the third toughest the. Nephew, Team, Maine by a run Ethan K. had done years. And safety reasons, I did my best to make the commute.... 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