Maine Appalachian Trail Hiking

The following Maine Appalachian Trail (MAT) blog posts were written on the trail when darkness was falling and the miles logged made 8 PM feel like 2 AM. I did my best to keep my eyelids pried open long enough to jot down rambling thoughts and experiences from the day, and some of them even seem to have come out slightly coherent. I’ve considered editing them (at one point I miscounted the days on the trail), but I’m afraid that would steal the authenticity away. Also included are a few posts geared to helping hikers planning a Maine section hike.

It’s worth noting that adventures on the Maine Appalachian Trail are made possible thanks primarily to the volunteers at the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. Please consider supporting the club to help preserve the trail for future generations.

Cranberry Peak Hike Via the Bigelow Range Trail

On the difficulty scale, the Bigelow Range Trail hike from Stratton village to Cranberry Peak falls somewhere between a Family Hike and Weekend Warriors. The 3.2-mile (one way) jaunt feels like a long 3.2 miles thanks to the continuous climbing

Winter Hike Mt. Tecumseh

One of the easier 4K hikes in the summer, Mt. Tecumseh is ideal for snowshoeing in winter. Explore this five-mile roundtrip hike.

Saddleback Mountain Hike Via the Ski Resort in Rangeley, Maine

When it comes to hiking Saddleback Mountain in Rangeley, Maine, the shortest path between two points—the parking lot and the summit—is a ski resort. The two-mile hike from Saddleback Maine trades the soothing cool of a forested trail for the steep and sunbaked ski trails.

The Owl Hike in Baxter State Park, Maine

As the closest mountain on the western side of Katahdin, The Owl has a front-row seat to the best show in Maine’s Baxter State Park.

The Katahdin Abol Trail Hike in Baxter State Park

Trying to find an “easy” way to hike Mt. Katahdin is like panning for gold in a swimming pool. The Abol Trail, by virtue of providing the most direct route to Katahdin’s Baxter Peak from a roadside trailhead, is often presumed the “best bet” by novice hikers. That’s a losing bet.

Hike Saddleback Mountain Via the Berry Picker’s Trail

To hike the Berry Picker’s Trail, opened in 2016, up Saddleback mountain is to step back in time and enjoy one of Maine’s magnificent 4k mountains before the toll of thousands of footsteps has eroded the tender soil into a deep-grooved trail filled with rocks and roots. 

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