They also built their endurance. As near as I can tell, Ryan and I set a new Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the route. 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, … I used my Garmin to track mileages (which seem to differ at times from the AMC signage): The western half is a 13 mile stretch, beginning on Route 26, south of the eastern half’s trailhead. 3.5″ of rain and snow expected for Wed-Thu. We ended the day a bit early but that was OK. 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. Articles . 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. We pushed a little farther to the Slide Mountain Campsite where we stopped for the night. RSS Entries and RSS Comments. Now I'm tired and sore: www.strava.com/activities/1891023325.Â, bikeandrun Our trip brought back great memories from 2008. Follow along online. We saw lots of birds, toads, chipmunks, and squirrels. Sargent Mt Campsite to Sunday River Whitecap Mt 1.0 mi For sanity and safety reasons, I decided to not head out again. We got a late start shortly after 8:00 A.M. and made the long descent to the northern end of the notch. https://www.strava.com/activities/3879624057. i have a partial track, but the early state Garmin I owned at the time died. When planning our day, for … Arizona Trail (AZT) Resupply Guide; Gear Reviews. Here is the tracker link https://share.garmin.com/OWVU8, The Garmin watch seemed to upload weird so the track looks off but the track is visible on the tracker link. The Grafton Notch Loop is one of those routes that's been on my radar for quite some time but never seemed to slot well into my schedule. This time, we didn’t run the loop, but rather, we backpacked it. Our son is very interested in trail crew, so it was neat to chat with Bill. We did it in September 2008. Where do I start? All of the campsites appear to have bearboxes, outhouses and usable water sources. We got to swim in Lower Kimball Pond and tour their lovely home. This time, we backpacked it in four days with our 13 year-old son and 10 year-old daughter. 26 and go counter-clockwise. We now all have Osprey brand packs and they were fantastic. We find that the first night on a trip is usually a rough night for sleep and that proved to be the case. Style. They were all long climbs and the viewpoints were fantastic. 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. 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. I would not have been able to wrap up the 3 rd loop before Thu morning. https://www.strava.com/activities/3878371495 Change ). https://www.strava.com/activities/3878368520 We think this worked out for the best. Somewhat lucid thoughts about a fast paced life. 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. I had a friend (Stas) join me for the first half and a different (Rich)  friend join me and bring my dog Bennett for the second half. 26. The last bit of trail was gradually downhill, but very windy. We helped the kids continue to hone their mountain skills. The Appalachian Mountain Club maintains the trail west of Route 26, also including four designated campsites. My Trail Story - Jeff Garmire Sets the Fastest Known Time ... A Real Adventure: Sorting Out All the F.K.T… It's a tough one. 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. Episode 89. Menu Find A Route; Contact Us The view from the top of the fire tower was spectacular and we earned it. Good for them. Episode 90: Tim Mills: News from across the pond - the British FKT scene explained . Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. This is the route that Adam and Ryan established. Day 2: 8.5 mi 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. We only saw a handful of backpackers doing the entire loop. You can even reply. I’ve run 38 kilometers (almost 24 miles) and am just barely past the halfway point of the Flagstaff Loop Trail. We opted to try the counter-clockwise direction starting at the southern parking lot on Rt. Debbie, Matt, and I enjoyed the run/hike despite it being a damp and humid day with limited views. On the weekend and on the AT, it was a bit more busy. 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. On that day, we never intended to go fast. He was doing trail work on the slopes of Old Speck and we had a fantastic conversation with him. This was before GPS tracks were solid and battery life could go the distance. Hiking the Arizona Trail – An Overview. Read messages they have sent to MapShare. Seventeen miles were newly constructed trail in 2007, which traverse four mountain peaks and include five primitive campsites. 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. I had an early workday on Monday. Day 3: 5.1 mi The Appalachian Trail section gets more traffic and more maintenance so it was was easier to traverse. 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. Collegiate Trail Loop FKT. We had a modest descent to the Bull Run Campsite where we loaded up on water. 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. Sunday River Whitecap Mt. After some debate, we decided to take the slower, but more scenic route across New Hampshire and then south through Vermont. This one scared me, literally and figuratively. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The more remote sections of trail were very quiet, especially on Thursday and Friday. Debbie and I should go back and do it again.Â, bikeandrun Bull Run Campsite to Old Speck Mt 1.6 mi The Appalachian Mountain Club had just finished new sections of trail during the prior summer in 2007. Sun, 10/07/2018 - 08:26pm, I lowered the time today (10/7/18) to 8:17. In 2014, Adam Wilcox and Ryan Welts discovered the loop and created the official route that appears on the FKT site. All of our gear worked out great. We could hear a babbling brook beyond our campsite. I encountered almost no other people on the trail. Deshaies actually ran his loop of the park two weeks before the FKT was made official and added to the database. 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. The last 0.7 of a mile was on Rt. On Day 1, we drove from Connecticut and didn’t get on the trail until noon. We likely did 41 or 42, but who is counting? 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 Laura Parson’s FKT Attempt of the Collegiate Trail Loop. Episode 91: Ashly and Jason: 81 FKTs in the last two years! Learning how to deal with the elements, fend for yourself, and navigate are just a handful of tools needed to venture into the wild. 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. When one day things did happen to work out, I did my best to make the commute interesting. Back in 2008, she and I were joined by our friend Matt Schomburg when we became the first to complete the loop (new at the time) in one day. 7100 ft The Loowit Trail circumnavigates Mt St Helens. The Loowit Trail is used for the course of the Volcanic 50K race, which has produced the fastest times. Read my route description.) Blog at WordPress.com. We hiked about 10 miles each day. We had carried our BearVault and made good use of it on the previous nights. 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. Bio; Contact; Past Adventures. There were more day hikers on Old Speck and the Eyebrow loop. I wish we had more time, but it was getting late. 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. Sun, 04/26/2020 - 11:43am, I think Debbie and I were the first to do this loop in one shot. Ultrarunner YiOu Wang recently set an FKT for the 40-mile stretch in the Sierra Nevada known as the Rae Lakes Loop. 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. It was a long drive across the Kancamagus Highway and then over to Interstate 91. Fastest Known Times. This trip merely wet our appetite for more hiking. Neil Clauson. Looking back, everyone learned something. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Person-Person. We spent the night there after making dinner, which mostly consisted of Maine-made GOOD TO-GO dehydrated food. That allowed us to fill all of our water bladders and bottles. Slide Mt Campsite to Bull Run Campsite 1.0 mi I don’t think Debbie and I need any more endurance training, at least not in 2020. ( Log Out /  Lots of cobwebs encountered. Inside the canister, we stored all of our food, our trash, and all toiletries/body health stuff that might attract a critter. Over that time, we have been to the Sunday River region and Mahoosuc Range on a few occasions, including a family wedding in 2019, but it had been a while since we spent any time in Grafton Notch. ( Log Out /  The loop was inspired by a run Ethan K. had done here years ago. FKT Report: Swan Song Loop in New Hampshire by Ben Nephew. Thanks so much for your awesome trip report. We are so very appreciative of the dedicated volunteers who look after these trails. MATC maintains the trail east of Route 26, including four designated campsites. This was a big hike for them. Yesterday I set a new FKT for the Pawnee-Buchanan Loop, in 4:46:32. Resources . 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. Day 3 was a tough one. The Grafton Notch Loop is 39 mile trail that was completed in 2007. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. They loved the adventure. (Photo: Courtesy CamelBak) Martin Fritz Huber. All Posts Advice AT Bloggers CDT Bloggers Featured Gear Inspiration News PCT Bloggers Podcasts Thru-Hiking Culture Trail Profile. Aug 1, … We were joined by Matt Schomburg, our erstwhile hiking/running partner from northern NH. The trail overall is in good condition. I decided to go unsupported, getting … About Me. One neat thing, and probably due to the extreme heat, is that the wild blueberries were already ripe. Log in or register to post comments; Athletes. 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. Fri, 07/31/2020 - 07:12am, Last weekend we returned to the Grafton Loop Trail for the first time in 12 years. On Sunday, July 6, 2014, Ryan Welts and I (Adam Wilcox) ran the entire route in 9:29:30. It is mostly private land and also uses part of the AT. Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates. The 2008 trip was one of our classic adventures, and I wrote about it a the time. They were so kind to host us. Episode 92: Stringbean McConaughy - How to crush the Long Trail FKT - and what NOT to do! Few wet spots. Everyone was tired when we reached the Town Corner Campsite. Now that we have experienced both routes in both directions, we believe that the route they chose is the faster version. https://www.strava.com/activities/3878374720 What Is An FKT & How Can You Get Started? At 39 miles, the route is a long day for anyone and involves at least six hours driving for me. 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. Given the pandemic and the late start (or no start) to this year’s trail maintenance program, there was lots of blowdown and overgrowth. Day 1: Rt. The clock is still ticking as I slow to a shuffle and then to a walk on the side of Woody Mountain Road. https://www.strava.com/activities/3873658635 All Posts Advice AT Bloggers CDT Bloggers Featured Gear Inspiration News PCT Bloggers Podcasts Thru-Hiking Culture Trail Profile. Single and Multi Day Trips. MAINE TRAIL FINDER MAP STRAVA DATA - WEST SIDE STRAVA DATA - EAST SIDE DFL Ultrarunning Podcast Interview w/ Adam Wilcox and Ryan Welts about their FKT run of this route in 2014 Description from Maine Trail Finder: The Grafton Loop Trail is a 38.6 mile, backcountry hiking experience in the Mahoosuc Mountains of Maine. Both Laura and Debbie are signed up for the Connecticut FKT Challenge, which ranks this trail the third toughest in the state. Grafton Notch Loop (ME) Route variation. (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. 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. The Grafton Notch/Mahoosuc area encompasses some of Maine’s most spectacular mountain terrain. Joining me was my good friend Ryan. Standard route. By the time we pulled into the garage, it was past 10:00 P.M. We were all cranky. Maine's High Peaks Traverse is a 36 mile point-to-point route with over 12,000 feet of elevation gain. Grafton Loop Trail. He covered the distance in 17:30:36, which, considering the … We saw tons of moose poop but never saw a moose. Podcasts . We finished the day at the Baldpate Lean-to. Matt is a White Mountain National Forest ranger and he has bigtime backcountry credentials. This section includes three primitive campsites. The Grafton Loop Trail is a new trail completed in 2007 that is designed to help take some of the pressure off the nearby section of the Appalachian Trail and the Speck Pond campsite which receive very heavy use. We made a pitstop in Chatham to visit our longtime friends Ann and Rich Fargo. "All AT hikers must manage this section of trail but few travel to all the high peaks along the way. 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). Martin Fritz Huber. 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. Multiple blow downs that are easy to navigate around. 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. Looping around Flagstaff: A 45 mile FKT on the Flagstaff Loop Trail. 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… FKT Verification | Fastest Known Time. We used our Katadyn BeFrde water filter. There were many trees to climb over or under. 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. There was certainly a decent chance of getting off course here, and I was relieved to reach the road, and then I was confused. The next year, Steve and Deb Pero et al also did the whole thing roughly 14-15 hours. FKT Guidelines; FKT Verification; Newsletter Signup; FAQ; The Team; Articles; Support this Site; Contact; Home; FKTs; Neil Clauson - Grafton Notch Loop (ME) - 2018-10-07 FKT: Neil Clauson - Grafton Notch Loop (ME) - 2018-10-07. With nearly 13,000 feet of elevation gain on rugged (rocks and roots) trails in extraordinary summer heat, this was not easy. My GPS track is here: www.strava.com/activities/162689737/overview We had our final dehydrated meal of the trip and made use of the bear box as extra precaution. Debbie has now done about 11 of the 16 listed trails, though many of her runs predate the window for this particular competition. 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. 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. I am impressed that you and your family completed the entire loop in four days. Resources . We hiked until nearly 8:00 P.M. tackling Puzzle Mountain and Long Mountain on the way. 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. Father of the FKT – Buzz Burrell | besthike.com. Person-Person. We also track unsupported (non-race) times. Person-Person. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Speaking of critters, we saw a fair amount of wildlife on the trail. 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