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.

Why finish NH’s 48 4000 footers in a year?

  When I started hiking the 48, I had zero intentions of finishing quickly. I’m the type of person that loves too many different things—fitness, fishing, hiking, and athletics—to focus on a single activity. What I quickly came to understand

Winter Hike Mt. Carrigain Via Signal Ridge Trail

It takes mountain love to winter hike Mt. Carrigain for 14 miles via the Signal Ridge Trail. Add two feet of fresh snow and that love is dysfunctional.

Winter Hike East Osceola and Mt. Osceola

Hike Distance: 2.8 miles to East Osceola + 1 mile to Mt. Osceola (don’t forget to come back) Time: 5-8 hours Difficulty: Pack the Aleve Elevation: East Osceola 4,156 feet; Mt. Osceola 4,340 feet Recommended Gear: Trekking Poles with winter baskets and/or

Mt. Hale Family Loop Hike

Distance: 2.2 mi to Mt Hale Summit via Hale Brook Trail; 2.7 mi to Zealand Falls Hut and 2.7 mi on Zealand Trail back to Zealand Rd Time: Est 6-8 hours Difficulty: Weekend Warriors After telling my better half that

Winter Hike the Hancock Mountains

Hike Distance: 9.8 miles round trip Time: 6-8 hours Difficulty: Weekend Warriors Elevation: Mt. Hancock, 4,420 feet; South Hancock, 4,319 feet; elevation gain 2,700 feet Recommended Gear: Trekking Poles with winter baskets or a Mountaineering Axe; Crampons; Winter Hiking Boots or Mountaineering Boots; Alpine Snowshoes Directions

Saddleback Mountain Hike via the Appalachian Trail (Route 4)

Anyone looking to get a taste of hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine will find a full-course AT meal on the Route 4 ascent of Saddleback Mountain. Add a dash of fall in October, and the lush forest, side dishes

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