How steep is steep?
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Author:  ErickTheRed [ Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:03 pm ]
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Thank You Tim!! That list is awesome. Here's a good pic from Beaver Brook:

Author:  hatrick1073 [ Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:02 pm ]
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There's also a section on the trail between North Twin and South twin that's real steep. It's very short, only 100 feet or so, but it's nearly straight up or down. I remember hauling Pepper down it, knowing we would be back going up it soon. Definatly a challenge even if it's very short. At the time we didn't know how short it was. Also the Webster cliff trail has a couple of sections that run pretty vertical. Not for long distances just short spurts. That was tough with Pepper also.

Author:  ksearl [ Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:19 am ]
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Birdman1979 wrote:
hey karl
our pics of the flume slide trail were great. how did the dog do?

My buddy's dog did surprisingly well. It isn't the first time he has done the Flume Slide though. I would have my buddy go scout ahead and find a stable spot while I held the dog. Then, when he found good footing, he would call down to the dog and the dog would run up with all his momentum to his owner. We did this in 4 or 5 tricky places. It's the only time the dog is allowed off the leash on the trail. Coincidentally, the dog just finished his last 4000 footer this past Wednesday.


Author:  jagged_hkr [ Sun May 08, 2011 7:33 am ]
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I think madison gulf trail is the steepest

Author:  bikehikeskifish [ Sun May 08, 2011 8:10 am ]
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jagged_hkr wrote:
I think madison gulf trail is the steepest

The last 4/10ths is 40%. The max grade on the trail is 70%. Data obtained using the freely available GPS tracks overlaid on Google Earth.


Author:  jagged_hkr [ Wed May 11, 2011 12:49 pm ]
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ty ,bikehikeskifish

Author:  jagged_hkr [ Wed May 11, 2011 12:54 pm ]
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do not hike this trail when its raining , warning to all

Author:  HeavyPack [ Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:17 pm ]
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I remember the tripyramid slides and king ravine trail (mount adams) to be the steepest. When its windy I get the feeling like im about to fall off a building!

Author:  Randalls [ Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:39 am ]
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ksearl wrote:
Head up the Flume Slide trail and you may have a new litmus test...1,400ft in 0.7 miles: My account of this - http://livefreeandhikenh.blogspot.com/2 ... urney.html

Agreed. We've descended it twice and all I could think each time was how much of a leg burner it would be as a climb. Descending, its a blast.

One peak that is definitely NOT the steepest but was a leg burner for me was Willey. Right from the trail head you start climbing, so the legs havent had a chance to warm up. It levels for a while, and than climbs the log stairs for a pretty respectable distance.

This year in Maine, we did S. Crocker from the Crocker Cirque campsite. First thing in the morning, right when leaving the site, it climbs strait to the summit of S. Crocker with minimal (if any) switch backs. Not the steepest, but worth mentioning.

Author:  DWsleddog [ Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:40 pm ]
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May I add the Desolation trail up Mt. Carrigan to the list? I have yet to do most of the trails discussed other than Falling Waters, but my right knee to this day (one year later) can attest that Desolation lives up to its name. Was not an appropriate trail to do with a heavy pack. Makes for a great day hike though. Fun trail that was rugged in spots with some steep sections ... at least in my opinion they were.

Author:  bikehikeskifish [ Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:45 pm ]
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Having just done Huntington Ravine, it tops out at max gradient of 80% and the steepest 1/4 mile section averages 55%.

Author:  ericcferg [ Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:51 pm ]
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Wiley ridge trail from the top to the bottom of the ladders I think is incredibly steep

Author:  rock quarrie [ Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:19 pm ]
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Agree re Willey. No warm up period there.

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