Hiking Tips

There are two ways to learn about hiking. You can forge head-first onto the trails, make mistakes, and hopefully learn from them. Or you can take the shortcut trail to the summit of efficient hiking by learning from someone else’s missteps. While there’s nothing wrong with the first approach, it will likely lead you to acquiring some unnecessary gear, not to mention blisters. Trust us, we’ve been there and done that. Hopefully the posts here, a collection formed from lessons learned the hard way, will help set you on the right path.

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. 

Waterfall Hike on the Cascade Stream Gorge Trails

The Cascade Stream Gorge Trails are great for anyone in the Rangeley Lakes Region looking for a quick waterfall hike. Directions and trail info here.