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Old 04-04-2017, 04:32 PM   #1
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Question Great Range Traverse

I am looking to hike the Great Range Traverse on a nice weather weekend in August and was looking for feedback on which direction to start from. Going to go on a whim when the weather is looking good and will be starting on Friday afternoon and hiking in as far as I feel and set up hammock camp. Continuing to maybe finish up Saturday or take it easy and enjoy another night and hike out Sunday. I have read majority of reports leaving from Keene over Rooster Comb and I was just curious if anybody has traversed up over Marcy first? Any tips and advice appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 04-04-2017, 08:11 PM   #2
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A great deal has been said about a Great Range Traverse on this forum. Start with these threads and use the search function ("Great Range") to unearth more of 'em.

The key constraint for you is, regardless of camping style, you are only permitted to camp below 3500 feet in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness area (and 150 feet from trails and water). Practically speaking, that means descending 500+ feet along the Orebed Brook Trail (which lies about midway along the Great Range) and then re-climbing it the following morning.

Choice of direction of travel basically boils down to what kind of terrain do you want to face at the end of this long and challenging hike? The Phelps Trail is long but isn't particularly demanding. Do you want to get it out of the way first (i.e. start with Marcy) or leave it for last (i.e. finish on Marcy)? If you tackle it first, you will leave a lot of challenging trail (the Lower Great Range) for the last day.

FWIW, I hiked it as a day-trip in 2013 (started from Roostercomb and finished at ADK Loj). It's approximately 24 miles and 10,000 feet ascent (with side-trips to Roostercomb and Pyramid). If you're interested, have a look at my blog post which contains a description of the trip, photos, and a spreadsheet with useful stats.
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