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Appalachian Trail: 100-Mile Wilderness

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Distance: 91.9 miles


Explore the Appalachian Trail's wildest stretch.
  • Leeman Brook
  • North Pond
  • Little Wilson Falls
  • Little Wilson Stream
  • Big Wilson Stream
  • Vaughn Stream
  • Long Pond Stream
  • View from Barren Ledges
  • Screw Auger Falls
  • White Cap Mountain
  • View from White Cap Mountain
  • Crawford Pond
  • Privy
  • Stream
  • Woods
  • Mud Pond
  • Privy
  • Views across Pemadumcook Lake
  • Pemadumcook Lake
  • Views
  • Views of Katahdin
  • Views of Katahdin
  • Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park

"The name alone has such a wild, inspiring, and inviting feel," says Scott Adams, a member of Backpacker's regional panel. "And the fact that we East Coasters have a substantial chunk of rugged, uncrossed trail is amazing. We should all see that as an invitation." The extra-burly route stretches from ME 15 in Monson to Abol Bridge in Baxter State Park.

Go from south to north and tack on a 14-mile climb of 5,268-foot Katahdin, Maine's highest point. On the route, you'll pass through tunnels of tight pines hiding moose, mirror-calm ponds, berry bogs, rushing streams, and craggy ridges with stay-awhile views. Go in late summer to avoid bugs and enjoy tales from thru-hikers. Allow nine to 12 days.

MAP AND GUIDE: Appalachian Trail Guide to Maine ($25, atctrailstore .org, includes maps)

CONTACT: (304) 535-6331, matc.org

-Mapped by Jeff Chow

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