Old Speck Professional Review and Guide
"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."