Known as the most difficult mile on the trail, the reputation of Mahoosuc Notch is widely known among thru-hikers. This challenging notch is located just over the New Hampshire boarder into Maine. Tales of the physically challenging terrain cause many NOBO hikers to stop and ready themselves at the nearest shelter (Full Goose Shelter – a mile and a half south of the Notch) like knights preparing to do battle against a fire-breathing dragon.
And at the Notch, hikers must use almost every preposition in the dictionary to climb over, crawl under, maneuver around and jump between huge rock slabs and boulders. Many travelers remove their backpacks and drag them in order to pass through the tightest squeezes. Some of the caves hold ice well into summer, and snow often makes the notch impassable even in June. It often takes hikers an hour to travel one mile through Mahoosuc Notch. I’ve never seen it referred to as the Preposition Mile but I kind of like the title.
Photo on left from www.atalefromthebluffs.com/2011_09_01_archive.html Photo on right from n2backpacking.com/long-trails/appalachian-trail-georgia-to-maine/appalachian-trail-journal-the-appalachian-trail-in-maine/