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The Mahoosuc Notch Hiking Trail, "the Hardest Mile"

Updated: May 4, 2023


Hiking Mahoosuc Notch
Steep Mossy Forest Climb

The Mahoosuc Notch hiking trail is a unique and challenging adventure located in western Maine. It is known for being “the most difficult mile” of the entire Appalachian Trail, and this is for good reason. The mile-long trail is filled with boulders, steep drops, and tight squeezes, that make it a true test for even the most veteran hiker.


Located in the Mahoosuc Range, which is part of the White Mountains National Forest. The trailhead can be located on Route 26, just south of the town of Grafton Notch. The trail itself winds through a narrow gorge between two towering mountains, with the Mahoosu

c River running through the bottom of the notch.


While making your way through the Notch, plan to be confronted with a series of obstacles that will require careful navigation. This trail is filled with large boulders that must be climbed over, under, or around. There are sections where hikers must squeeze through narrow crevices or crawl under large rocks making it difficult with a full pack. The trail is certainly not for the faint of heart, so prepare yourself for a strenuous and challenging hike.


A series of obstacles that will require careful navigation.
Rocks and Boulders

In spite of its difficulty, this section of trail is a popular destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. The rugged terrain and stunning scenery make this hike a unique and rewarding experience. While hiking here you can expect to see a variety of wildlife, including moose, bears, and birds of prey. The trail also offers amazing views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.


If you are looking to hike this section of trail, it is important to be prepared. Hikers should wear sturdy hiking boots and bring plenty of water, snacks, and a first aid kit. Personally I recommend hiking with a partner or group, as the trail can be difficult to navigate alone.


If you're new to hiking in the Maine wilderness, you may consider hiring a Maine Guide Company for your trip to help you navigate, and provide valuable information and history, also improve safety during your trip. Hiring Maine Guide Company will also help you make the most of your trip by taking care of the logistics and planning. This will allow you to relax and enjoy the wilderness without worrying about the details.


Overall, the Mahoosic Notch in the White Mountains is a challenging but also rewarding hiking trail that is not for the faint of heart. With rugged terrain and striking scenery, it is a must-visit destination for any outdoor enthusiast visiting Maine.


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