Table Rock Trail

Upton, Maine

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Kids are always excited about the initial leg of any hike: the challenging ascents, the anticipation of a waterfall or summit or wilderness lake up ahead, the sense of working toward a worthwhile goal. But what about the return trip, usually summed up as “Retrace your steps”? Ho-hum, right? Not on this hike! The trip to Table Rock along the Appalachian and Table Rock Trails is as gratifying as any ascent, but the return trip through a maze of boulders dotted with dark caves and mysterious tunnels is far from anticlimactic. In fact, it is so demanding we recommend that groups with less experienced hikers turn back after exploring the first set of caves and, yes, “Retrace your steps.” (Even though this increases the total hiking distance to 3.5 miles, the hike will be downgraded to a rating of moderate.) The one guarantee we’ll make to those of you who forge ahead: No one in your group will complain about the dull descent!
Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

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Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

Kids are always excited about the initial leg of any hike: the challenging ascents, the anticipation of a waterfall or summit or wilderness lake up ahead, the sense of working toward a worthwhile goal. But what about the return trip, usually summed up as “Retrace your steps”? Ho-hum, right? Not on this hike! The trip to Table Rock along the Appalachian and Table Rock Trails is as gratifying as any ascent, but the return trip through a maze of boulders dotted with dark caves and mysterious tunnels is far from anticlimactic.

In fact, it is so demanding we recommend that groups with less experienced hikers turn back after exploring the first set of caves and, yes, “Retrace your steps.” (Even though this increases the total hiking distance to 3.5 miles, the hike will be downgraded to a rating of moderate.) The one guarantee we’ll make to those of you who forge ahead: No one in your group will complain about the dull descent!

© 2007 Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Upton
Distance: 2.4
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: May-October
Local Contacts: Grafton Notch State Park
Local Maps: USGS Old Speck Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Table Rock Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/18/2011
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Loved this trail. Such an adventure with the wooden beams, the wood ladders and the metal "rungs" in the rocks. And going through the rock "caves" was so cool. I would definitely recommend reversing the loop. We took the orange trail up. It was steep in places. We had to use our hands and find good foot placement on some parts, but trying to do that on the descent would have been tricky. The descent on the blue to white trail was a very easy trek.


4/24/2009
0

This is a great trail for older kids. Lots of snow and ice in late April. Definitely recommend the direction of the loop suggested here - white to blue to orange. The 1 mi descent is steep, rocky and fun but would have tired out little legs going up more than the 1.5 mi ascent along the AT. Challenging for kids and beautiful.



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