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.

Maine Appalachian Trail Hike Day 1: Carlo and Goose Eye Mountains

Today we learned, and quickly I might add, why Maine is generally considered the toughest state on the Appalachian Trail. New Hampshire certainly is no slouch either, but I have to imagine through hikers coming in from NH quickly learn

Mt. Lafayette Loop Hike Via Falling Waters Trail & Old Bridle Path

This is one kick-ass hike (Mom, I’m sorry for swearing on the Internet) encompassing the Falling Waters, Franconia Ridge, Greenleaf and Old Bridle Path trails. Halfway up I was already ranking it amongst my personal favorites. Not quite Katahdin level, but close.

Hike the Tranquil Lonesome Lake Trail in Franconia Notch, NH

We were looking for a relatively easy family hike to kick-off the season and the Lonesome Lake Trail in Franconia Notch was the perfect fit. The trail has an elevation gain in the neighborhood of 1000 feet, most of which occurs over a .8 mile stretch that switchbacks up the mountain. This segment of the trail can be challenging for young hikers or those of us still getting our “legs” under us as it is rocky and fairly steep.

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