Maine hiking trails are wild, challenging, and breathtakingly beautiful. From the boulders of Mahoosuc Notch to the waterfalls of Gulf Hagas, the rugged peaks of Bigelow to the ocean vistas of Cadillac Mountain, the state offers a treasure trove of memorable hikes. Then there’s Katahdin, the crown jewel of them all, standing tall as the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Wherever your adventures lead, you won’t find a bad day of hiking on any of the trails listed here.
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…
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.
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.