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Mahoosuc Notch

The Appalachian Trail, Newry, Maine 04261 USA

“the killer mile”

Mahoosuc Notch is a deep gap in the Mahoosuc Range of western Maine in the United States. It is traversed by the Appalachian Trail.The boulders on this mile-long section of trail present obstacles that must be climbed over and sometimes under, creating a unique hiking experience. There are occasional 10-foot (3.0 m) drops, and places where packs must be removed to squeeze beneath a boulder. Many hikers call this stretch one of the slowest on the 2,179-mile (3,507 km) trail. This so-called "killer mile" or the "Toughest Mile" is a very tough section that can cause even the most experienced hikers to slow down.

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Anna Hider

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May 27, 2015
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Wear good shoes and bring bug repellant. This is either a pain in the butt, or a fun obstacle course, depending on how you look at it. It can be done as a day hike, or as a longer portion of the Appalachian Trail. Either way, take a moment to stop and just look at how pretty it is. It feels like you're in Jurassic Park or Planet of the Apes.

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Mahoosuc Notch

The Appalachian Trail
Newry, Maine
04261 USA

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