The Appalachian Trail in Maine is a challenging 281 miles, perhaps some of the most difficult sections of the AT. Here are some of the more accessible high points along the way, suitable for day hikes or short backpacking treks:
- The western section of the AT in Maine passes through Grafton Notch State Park in the Mahoosucs Range, part of the White Mountains. The park offers 3,000 miles of beautiful natural terrain and is home to Old Speck Mountain, Maine’s third-highest peak. Access Old Speck at the AT Trailhead in the Park.
- The central section of the AT in Maine crosses between Monson and the Bigelow Preserve, 36,000 acres of public land encompassing the entire Bigelow Range, with its extensive trail system navigating seven peaks. You can follow the AT along the spectacular above-treeline Bigelow Preserve Trail, or choose many less demanding loops.
- The eastern section of the AT in Maine, from Monson to the northern terminus at Mt. Katahdin, is sometimes called “The Hundred Mile Wilderness”, a final stretch of pristine mountains, lakes, ponds, streams and forest. The AT crosses Barren Mountain, skirting spectacular Slugundy Gorge and Falls. A loop off the Trail takes you to Gulf Hagas, “the Grand Canyon of Maine,” with its five major waterfalls. Reaching the summit of White Cap Mountain, you’ll see spectacular views of Mt. Katahdin in the distance.
For more trails along the AT in Maine, check out Trails.com.