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Hardest trails in Northeast?

Postby JRaphaelson » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:50 pm

Hey all,
I'm new to the forum, but have been hiking for over a year now. Recently, I hiked both Katahdin and Mt. Washington within a week of each other. When I hiked Katahdin, I went from Chimney Pond to Cathedral Ridge across Knife's Edge and down Helon Taylor. A week later on Washington, I hiked/climbed up the Huntington Ravine Trail and down Tuckerman Ravine. My question is, in terms of difficulty, what would be some comparable hikes to the trails that I ascended on Katahdin and Washington? More specifically, are there any "must hike" class 3 or 4's in the Northeast that involve a lot of scrambling and climbing without the need for technical gear?
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Re: Hardest trails in Northeast?

Postby Castlereagh » Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:27 am

The Flume and Tripyramid slides are all comparable to Huntington. The Holt Trail up Cardigan in NH has some slabby, scrambly sections as well. Jefferson in NH from the Crawford Notch side is supposed to have some fun sections too. And as for more gnarly slide type routes you can definitely find a lot of them in the Adirondacks....the slide up Macomb is one i can think of off the top of my head
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Re: Hardest trails in Northeast?

Postby JRaphaelson » Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:08 am

Did the Flume Slide trail in the winter without knowing about its steepness. Needless to say, it was a tough, tiring climb. All of the other suggestions you've made are very helpful. Thanks a lot!
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Re: Hardest trails in Northeast?

Postby AlexeyD » Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:56 pm

JRaphaelson wrote:Hey all,
I'm new to the forum, but have been hiking for over a year now. Recently, I hiked both Katahdin and Mt. Washington within a week of each other. When I hiked Katahdin, I went from Chimney Pond to Cathedral Ridge across Knife's Edge and down Helon Taylor. A week later on Washington, I hiked/climbed up the Huntington Ravine Trail and down Tuckerman Ravine. My question is, in terms of difficulty, what would be some comparable hikes to the trails that I ascended on Katahdin and Washington? More specifically, are there any "must hike" class 3 or 4's in the Northeast that involve a lot of scrambling and climbing without the need for technical gear?
Thanks,
Justin


The Range Trail in the Adirondacks has some substantial third class on the southwest side of Saddleback, and some more on Gothics and a few other places. Other than that, if you're talking about trails, there's really not a whole lot else in the category you're talking about. Also, at the risk of being nit-picky, I would argue that none of the trails mentioned in this thread are truly fourth class, furthermore I doubt that any trail in the Northeast (or frankly the entire United States) has any substantial fourth class terrain. Basically...it sounds like you should just get into climbing :)
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Re: Hardest trails in Northeast?

Postby Bark Eater » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:12 pm

Mahoosuc Notch in SW Maine. "Toughest mile on the Appalachian Trail". I haven't done the whole AT but it's certainly the hardest mile of designated trail that I've ever done. And it's not even climbing!
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Re: Hardest trails in Northeast?

Postby nartreb » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:25 pm

You've already hit the clear best in the class, if your definition of "hard" is sustained steepness. The suggestions above more or less exhaust what's left for official trails, though I'd mention King Ravine on Mt Adams and a couple of trails out of the Great Gulf in the northern Presis. Do try the Tripyramid North Slide; if you like that, there are lots of other slides (in the Whites, the 'Daks, and Baxter) a few with trails but most without. (Who needs a trail if you've got a slide?) The Trap Dike in the Daks might be something to consider.

Here's a list of trails in New Hampshire with exposure, though it includes some very short segments on otherwise easy trails:
http://www.trishalexsage.com/p/terrifyi ... -five.html (scroll down to get to the list)

Edit: where is my brain? Try the Hell Brook trail on Mt Mansfield, VT!

Edit2: you can also scroll or search through this album, skipping the stuff that's not in the northeast:
That's a trail??
Which reminds me: any trail named "subway" is usually fun:
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Edit3: I hear the Devil's Path in the Catskills is tough. The numbers are similar to a Presi Traverse, but supposedly the footing is worse.
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Re: Hardest trails in Northeast?

Postby JRaphaelson » Sat Jul 14, 2012 5:49 pm

Thanks for the replies guys! Check out my new trip report on Katahdin while you're at it: http://www.summitpost.org/one-state-hig ... eam/800280
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Re: Hardest trails in Northeast?

Postby rasgoat » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:05 pm

Alot of good suggestions here. I will reiterate...

One of my personal fav's,,, The Trap Dike on Mt Colden and just about any slide in The Dack's. Also Basin & Saddleback from Haystack to Gothics is cool. The King Ravine Trail is fun on Adams. Cathedral, Knife edge loop is a great NE classic! Hellbrook Trail on Mansfield is very cool.

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Re: Hardest trails in Northeast?

Postby Catamount » Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:15 am

For what it's worth, Hurricane Irene had a big impact on the Adirondacks and created many new slides as well as cleaning out some already existing ones. The Trap Dike is a completely different animal now. Check out the story below. I was up the new slide on Wright about a week after the storm. Lots of fun.

http://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/2011/10/20/new-adirondack-slide-guide/
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Re: Hardest trails in Northeast?

Postby FloridaMountaineer » Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:12 pm

Jack Kerouac, Great job. I am sure you have read Into the Wild.

Anyway, get into climbing and head west if you really want steep.
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Re: Hardest trails in Northeast?

Postby RyderS » Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:56 pm

If you're already ticking off routes in the Whites, the Six Husbands Trail on the east side of Mt. Jefferson is pretty tough. It's steep enough to warrant the placement of 5 ladders along the steep face as Jefferson rises out of the Great Gulf. The steepness of that part of the route plus the fact that you have to cross a few miles of the Great Gulf Wilderness before even getting to the mountain itself will certainly make for a long, hard-earned day.
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Re: Hardest trails in Northeast?

Postby Sierra Ledge Rat » Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:17 pm

he-he-he-he...

Come to West Virginia and try hiking up the sides of some of these mountains...
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