This weekend some AMC friends and I set out to hike Mt. Goose Eye and Mt. Carlo as a loop from Success Pond Road. Mt. Goose Eye is part of the Mahoosuc Range of the White Mountains and is located in Maine, but our approach was from the New Hampshire side via the Goose Eye Trail. Mt. Goose Eye is also one of the New England Hundred Highest List, if peak-bagging is of interest to you (#77/100 for me!). The trailhead can be a bit harder to find than most, its about 8 miles in off a logging road, which was very passable by small car, you just have to take it slow. The first few miles ascend slowly up the mountain, crossing some minor streams and then pop out onto a logging road. The trail reenters the woods, and soon we found ourselves at the NH/ME border, marked only with a small marker on a tree. The trail then gains elevation quickly and we came to our first views, then a small rock scramble brought us to the summit with its 360 degree views.
After some photos and a quick lunch, we followed the Mahoosuc trail down some very steep section to the Carlo Col Trail. This section is also the Appalachian Trail. The trail again rises up through some fantastic alpine meadows before reaching the summit of Mt. Carlo.
I noticed some really impressive trail work here, some spots had great foot-holds cut out of the rocks. Finishing off the day we descended into Carlo Col, and linked up to the Carlo Col Trail. The trail here was a bit washed out after the Carlo Col campsite, but it was nice to dunk my bandanna into the cool stream that was alongside the trail for much of the remainder of the hike. The last mile of the trail was on a logging road again, which normally would be unpleasant, but this road has ample amounts of wild blackberries to snack on while waiting for the rest of the group.
Overall, a great loop hike with some really fantastic views. The Goose Eye loop is one that I would definitely recommend, and I am hoping to return to this area to attempt a Grafton Loop at some time in the near future.
After the hike we went for a dip in the Androscoggin River off route 16 in New Hampshire and cooled down, a perfect post hike plan.
|Avg Pace:||51:29 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||3,059 ft|