Shelburne to Old Speck Mountain
Appalachian Trail Section #186

Located 16.0 miles from Berlin, New Hampshire

4 Stars
22,709 Steps 1  (10.2 mi)

The Appalachian Trail (Section #186) has a maximum elevation of 3,947 ft (1,203 m), a minimum elevation of 2,149 ft (655 m), and an elevation gain of 26,641 ft (8,120 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Appalachian Trail Section #186 while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.


We survey thousands of miles of trails each year. The following metrics are based on the most accurate trail data; no crowdsourced data.

[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
22,70910.2 mi2,149 ft3,947 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
5.2 hrs0.826,641 ft27,133 ft
[ B to A ]
5.0 hrs0.627,133 ft26,641 ft

What is the length of the Appalachian Trail Section #186?

The length of the Appalachian Trail Section #186 is 10.2 mi (16.4 km) or 22,709 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Appalachian Trail Section #186?

A person in good physical health can hike the Appalachian Trail Section #186 in 5.2 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 5.0 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Shelburne to Old Speck Mountain Topo Maps

Download free Shelburne to Old Speck Mountain topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps.

Adjoining 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Milan, NH
  2. North Topo Map: Success Pond, NH
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Old Speck Mountain, ME
  4. West Topo Map: Berlin, NH
  5. Topo Map: Shelburne, NH
  6. East Topo Map: Gilead, ME
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Carter Dome, NH
  8. South Topo Map: Wild River, NH
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Speckled Mountain, ME

Is there a Appalachian Trail map for Section #186?

Yes, and they're free! The Appalachian Trail Section #186 is located on the Shelburne and Old Speck Mountain topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

AT186T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Appalachian Trail Section #186 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.

Local Weather Forecast

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  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain is the cumulative elevation gain.
  8. Loss is the cumulative elevation loss.

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