Appalachian Trail (Section #186)

Shelburne to Old Speck Mountain
Located 16.0 miles from Berlin, New Hampshire (NH)
4 Stars
22,709 Steps 1  (10.2 mi)
Appalachian Trail: [ #001 - #212 ]


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 range of 1,798 ft (548 m).


[ 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 hrs167.52,010 ft1,472 ft
[ B to A ]
5.0 hrs122.71,472 ft2,010 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.


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.

Topo Maps

Download the free Shelburne to Old Speck Mountain topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' 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 an 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.


  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 gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.