The Maine Appalachian Trail (MAT) is officially listed at 281.4 miles, though recent relocations have likely added steps. Even so, it’s a far cry from being the longest of the 14 Appalachian Trail states. Maine accounts for only 13 percent of the entire 2,178.3-mile trail, well short of Virginia’s 25 percent. Nor does Maine boast the highest peak—that honor belongs to 6,642-foot Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Statistics, however, are for maps. Ask anyone who has completed the entire trail and they’ll likely tell you Maine is the toughest state. Read More
On a Maine map Monson is but a pinpoint; however, for northbound Appalachian Trail thru hikers it looms large as the last town respite before the 100-Mile Wilderness. Shaw’s legendary hostel awaits those electing a pit stop.
Today was a beautiful day for hiking with temps in the low seventies, no humidity, cool breezes and rarely a cloud in the sky. After another excellent breakfast at Shaw’s we were shuttled to the trailhead, which also is the … Read More
Upon deciding to push on to Monson yesterday for an extra night of providing stimulus to the town economy, we immediately called Shaw’s to see if they had any availability. Not only did they have room for us, but Dawn, … Read More
It all happened so very fast. We were cruising along the Maine Appalachian Trail at a three MPH pace, a refreshing breeze in our face, and favorable terrain below our feet. Then we came around a bend and there was … Read More