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    Worst "footing" in the Whites

    What trail, or section of trail, has the worst footing in the Whites? Forget ravine headwalls and similar stretches of steep trail where use of hands / scrambling is required; that's fun. I'm talking about "walking" trails that are a total PITA because of mud, roots, funky rocks, etc. Have heard bad stories about the Link and Parapet trails. Any others?

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    Mahoosuc Notch. "Longest mile" on the AT for a reason.
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    The 'flat' areas approaching King Ravine, such as the Subway. It resembles Mahoosuc Notch.

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    The Link between Castle Ravine and Caps Ridge, the Cornice Trail, and the Parapet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Metsky
    The Link between Castle Ravine and Caps Ridge, the Cornice Trail, and the Parapet.
    ABSOLUTELY!!!!!! The worst thing is that on a topo the trail looks flat. Evil, evil trail.

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    I vote for the Dry River Trail, which has a lot of washed-out sections and rocky, rooty up-and-downs not noticeable on the map.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Metsky
    The Link between Castle Ravine and Caps Ridge, the Cornice Trail, and the Parapet.
    ditto on the Link - have not done the bad parts of Cornice and Caps...
    Link is great as its own hike, but do not do it thinking you can save time on a Caps/Castle loop...it is not hard on the heart and lungs, but it is brutal footing wise...a very slow go...book time is meaningless on this trail!
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    easy

    I am with "the link" crowd. I used to think it was Hancock Notch trail until I did the link on a misty day. No doubt the link rules for poor footing!
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    The link

    I vote for the Link too.

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    Au contraire. The trails mentioned above have some of the best (read: fun and interesting) footing IMHO.

    "Worst footing" for me means smooth, flat, and mind-numbingly dull. Therefore, my vote goes for the Wilderness (Lincoln Woods) Trail... but perhaps my perspective is tainted due to too-numerous-to-count late night power walks out of the Pemi...

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    Its not in the Whites, but, the top half of the Saddle Trail coming off the Table Lands in Baxter is by far the worst footing I've had the pleasure of enjoying.

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    flyfishing...

    As this thread title merely said worst footing in the whites, and I selectively read the first post...I'll broaden this beyond any trail. Wading the peabody river is by far the most frustrating, humbling and ankletwisting thing I've ever done in my life repeatedly...as the fishing is often fantastic!
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    Cousin of Link

    Must be something about 'Links'
    My vote is the final stretch of Pine Link between Watson Path & Madison Hut.
    This is smooth on the topo map too yet is agonizingly slow going over the infamous stones of the alpine zone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougG
    Must be something about 'Links'
    My vote is the final stretch of Pine Link between Watson Path & Madison Hut.
    This is smooth on the topo map too yet is agonizingly slow going over the infamous stones of the alpine zone.
    I agree with that one too!
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    Since mentioning Mahoosuc, we should list it's "cousin" Ice Gulch, too.
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