Old Speck

Farmington, Maine

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Old Speck is a strenuous but scenic hike. As Maine’s third-highest mountain, Old Speck will treat you to sweeping views of the Mahoosuc Range on the way up and down. As you prepare for the hike up Old Speck, you will see this forbidding cliff wall ahead of you through the woods. You know that one way or the other, you’ll soon be climbing up and around that. Shortly into the trail, there’s a major stream crossing. There are plenty of rocks piled up in the middle, so rock-hopping your way across is pretty easy. There’s little chance of soaking a foot, which would be unfortunate this early in the hike. After the stream crossing, there’s a short, steep stone staircase, and the trail pitch picks up considerably and stays that way. You still have dramatic views of Eyebrow Cliff ahead of you and the western flank of Baldpate across the street.
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail - New England

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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail - New England

by Lafe Low (Menasha Ridge Press)

Old Speck is a strenuous but scenic hike. As Maine’s third-highest mountain, Old Speck will treat you to sweeping views of the Mahoosuc Range on the way up and down.

As you prepare for the hike up Old Speck, you will see this forbidding cliff wall ahead of you through the woods. You know that one way or the other, you’ll soon be climbing up and around that. Shortly into the trail, there’s a major stream crossing. There are plenty of rocks piled up in the middle, so rock-hopping your way across is pretty easy. There’s little chance of soaking a foot, which would be unfortunate this early in the hike. After the stream crossing, there’s a short, steep stone staircase, and the trail pitch picks up considerably and stays that way. You still have dramatic views of Eyebrow Cliff ahead of you and the western flank of Baldpate across the street.

© 2016 Lafe Low/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Farmington
Distance: 7.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4.75 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,110 feet
Top Elevation: 4,180 feet
Local Contacts: Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry: maine.gov/dacf
Local Maps: Appalachian Trail Conservancy ME Map 7 and DeLorme ME Atlas & Gazetteer Map 18
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Speck

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