trails in Maine:
In Maine there are a variety
of hiking options available. We have difficult trails that are above
treeline, we have trails that meander through cool pine forests, and
we have trails that run along Maine's rugged coast.
This is list of a variety
of trails Maine has to offer. This is certainly not a complete list
and we encourage you to send us a trail description, picture, or a story
of your venture into the Maine woods.
Mount Katahdin and
Baxter State Park:
Katahdin is Maine's highest
peak and one of the most challenging on the East Coast. The mountain
is 13 feet shy of a mile in height but it is very exposed and the
weather can change quickly. One of the biggest challeges of the mountain
is when you start your starting elevation is 600 feet and most trails
rise quickly. On average they rise 2,000 feet every 2 miles of trail.
Mount Katahdin is also the northern terminus of the Applachian Trail.
Being on the top of Mount Katahdin when a hiker is completing the
entire length of the Applachian Trail is quite a sight to see. If
the challenge of Katahdin is not up your alley there are plenty of
trails within Baxter State Park and the 200,000 acres that comprise
the park. With the large number of campgrounds available within the
park, day hikes to a variety of peaks are available.
Camden Hills State
This low set of mountains
are located within the towns of Camden, Rockport, and Lincolnville.
They offer some outstanding views of Penobscot Bay and the Atlantic
Ocean. The highest mountain in this group is Mount Megunticook at
1,380 ft has a great spot to view Penobscot Bay called Ocean Lookout.
The trail begins at the Camden Hills State Park Headquarters and gradually
climbs 1.4 miles to the lookout. There are parts of the trail which
are steep. There is a 5.4 mile loop trail that can be accessed from
the state park headquarters. Skiing and snowmobiling trails also exist
in the park.
Grafton Notch State
Park (Western Maine)
The park has 3,100 acres
close to the towns of Newry and Grafton. There are many scenic areas
and short walks in the area. Step Falls which consist of water cascades
that drop 200 feet can be found along Maine route 26. Screw Auger
Falls can also be found along route 26. One mile north of Screw Auger
Falls along route 26 is Mother Walker Falls which has some great short
trails and overlooks. Looking for a challenge? Old Speck mountain
might be for you. It is the third highest mountain, at 4180 feet,
in the state. You will find the trailhead along route 26, which is
a well signed parking area. Follow the Old Speck Trail, which is also
the Applachian Trail. The trail gradually climbs and crosses a few
trails along the way. At the top of Old Speck you will find an observation
Park (Bar Harbor Region)
Mount Desert Island has
a well maintained and well marked network of trails. It is also home
to the famous Carriage Trails. There are 120 miles of networked hiking
trails and 50 miles of carriage trails. Contact the National Park
Service for detailed trail information.
Gulf Hagas (Katahdin
Gulf Hagas has been deemed
the "Grand Canyon of the East" and offers hikers some fabulous
views. Gulf Hagas is located in an area of land managed by the North
Maine Woods Group. To access the area by car there is a dirt road
off Route 11 north of Brownville Junction which heads into an area
called the Katahdin Iron Works. There is a gate at the Katahdin Iron
Works site, which is a restored blast furnace and kiln of a once thriving
iron mill. There is a fee charged at the gate and proceed up the working
logging road to the well marked trailhead/ parking lot. From the parking
lot you will proceed a short distance and promptly cross the Pleasant
River. There is no bridge here so be prepared to cross about 100 feet
of knee deep water. This crossing is not reccomended during spring
run off. There is a bridge down river. Once you cross the river proceed
along the Applachian Trail. You will gradually rise and intersect
the trails that make up the Gulf Hagas loop. You will also find an
area up here called Screw Auger Falls. You can also proceed north
on the Applachian Trail toward Whitcap Mountain.
Sally Mountain (Jackman
If you plan to be in the
Jackman region try a day hike to Sally Mountain. To find the trailhead
locate a dirt road off US Route 201 and directly opposite the Maine
route 15 intersection. follow the dirt road 3 miles to where it intersects
a stream that connects Wood and Attean ponds, and a railroad track.
Park here and follow the railroad track west 1.8 miles to a signal
post #770 the trail can be found on the south side of the tracks.
The trail begins fairly level but rises sharply to the summit. Excellent
views of the Jackman region can be found here.
This hiking experience
offers some scenic views of the White Mountains and south toward the
coast. This trip is popular with camp groups and families. You can
find the trailhead seven miles east of Fryeburg on US Route 302 on
a side road named the Warren Road. On this side road stay right at
all road intersections until you reach a farmhouse 1.2 miles from
Route 302. The trail is well marked and climbs steadily to the summit
2.5 miles away.
Park - Quaggy Jo Mountain
This mountain is an excellent
side trip if you happen to be camping in the state park. The trail
starts by the playground in the park and rises sharply to the north
peak. From the top you can see some great views of "The County"
and beyond into Canada.