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Maine Backpacking Trails

Portland, Maine: Traveler Mountain Loop

Bag three peaks in virtual solitude in the middle of summer on this gem atop Baxter State Park in Maine.

Portland, Maine: South Branch Mountain Loop

Find complete solitude and expansive views on one of Baxter State Parks lesser known and lesser traveled loop hikes.

Acadia National Park: Mountain Carriage Loop

This old 11.1-mile carriage loop is a family-friendly adventure complete with lakes, streams, easy walking, and beautiful ocean vistas. Open to cyclists and hikers.

Portland, ME: Southport Island Water Trail

See ospreys, harbor seals, and great blue herons on this 11.3-mile paddle past coves, sheltered islands, rocky coast, sandy beach, and a lobster/ice cream shack.

Acadia National Park: Cadillac Mountain Loop

Take in craggy seaside views from the summit of 1,532-foot Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Atlantic coast, on this 4.4-mile loop.

Acadia National Park: Sargent Mountain

Ascend Acadia’s second tallest peak on this 4-miler, which features panoramas that stretch from rocky coastal shores to a distant blue Atlantic horizon.

Portland, ME: Twin Summit Loop

On this 7.8-mile hike-and-scramble in Camden Hills State Park, you’ll bag two peaks and earn million-dollar views of Penobscot Bay’s craggy coastline.

Portland, ME: Bradbury Mountain State Park Loop

This 3-ring loop circles through forest and alongside stone walls to the park’s namesake summit, offering lots of Kodak moments-especially in autumn.

Portsmouth, ME: Folly Pond Loop

Moose tracks outnumber boot tracks on this secluded 8.4-mile loop through rolling farmland to a wooded New England pond.

Portland, ME: Pleasant Mountain Loop

Cascading brooks, seasonal wildflowers, and picturesque ponds highlight this 5.1-mile loop through the thick forests of Maine to two summits.

Portland, ME: Presumpscot River Paddle

This 5.4-mile paddle runs two rivers past stretches of undeveloped land, ending just short of a steep rapid. Bonus: Explore side trails from the riverbank.

Portland, ME: Speckled Mountain Loop

Big summit views, cascading waterfalls, and rocky overlooks highlight this 8.4-mile loop through the lesser-traveled forests of Maine s White Mountains.

Appalachian Trail: Mount Katahdin

Big climb. Big crowds. Bigger reward. This classic 9.8-mile route climbs the tallest peak in Maine, a hiking high point in every sense.

Portland, ME: Casco Bay Paddle

Paddle to an old military fort and visit several quaint Down East islands on this 6.8-mile trip around the rocky fingers of Maine’s coast.

Acadia National Park: Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Loop

This 10.3-mile dayhike traverses the rugged topography of Mt. Desert Island, leading to a broad summit high above an island-speckled sea.

Appalachian Trail: US 201 to Moxie Pond Road

A popular dayhike, this 10.9-miler traces the banks of Holly Brook, skirts the edge of a scenic pond, and reveals panoramic views from the top of Pleasant Pond Mountain.

Appalachian Trail: East Flagstaff Road to US 201

Weave through old-growth stands of white pine and spruce on this 19.3- mile hike that tours four ponds and ends with a wet crossing of the Kennebec River.

Appalachian Trail: Caribou Valley Road to ME 16

Put your lungs and quads to the test on this 7.5-mile summit climb that crests South Crocker and North Crocker mountains–two 4,000-foot peaks with five-star views.

Appalachian Trail: ME 16 to East Flagstaff Road

Summit climbs, mountain ponds, and panoramic views highlight this 15.5-mile hike in the Bigelow Range.

Appalachian Trail: ME 4 to Caribou Valley Road

This rugged 21.6-mile route links five summits and passes a plague honoring the final section of the Appalachian Trail.

Appalachian Trail: ME 17 to ME 4

Connect four picturesque ponds on this 12.2-mile leg that rolls across wooded hills to the Sandy River. Watch for moose too.

Appalachian Trail: South Arm Road to ME 17

This 12-miler climbs out of Black Brook Notch and connects a string of summits with far-reaching views of distant peaks and countless lakes.

Appalachian Trail: ME 26 to East Hill B Road

You’ll tour the tops of three summits overlooking Grafton Notch State Park and visit a scenic waterfall on this 9.5-mile dayhike.

Appalachian Trail: East Hill B Road to South Arm Road

A stiff climb—you’ll gain roughly 1,300 feet in a mile—and an even steeper descent make this 8.8-miler a challenging daytrip.

Appalachian Trail: Shirley-Blanchard Road to ME 15

You’ll trace the northern banks of Lake Hebron–a popular fishing hole–and climb the wooded slopes of Buck Hill on this 6.1-mile dayhike.

Appalachian Trail: Moxie Pond Road to Shirley-Blanchard Road

Follow the West Branch Piscataquis River through lake-dotted landscapes and old growth forests on this 17.9-mile hike—perfect for a long weekend.

Appalachian Trail: Jo-Mary Road to Mount Katahdin

This 53.2-mile section is wild and remote, stringing together the 100-Mile Wilderness to Mount Katahdin, the highest point in Maine and the northern-most point on the Appalachian Trail.

Appalachian Trail: ME 15 to Jo-Mary Road

This classic 54-mile section travels through Maine’s infamous 100-Mile Wilderness where countless notches, summit bids, and old-growth conifers are just a few highlights.

Brownville Junction, ME: Whitecap Range

Bag four summits on a weekend Northwoods traverse.

Monson, ME: Moxie Bald via Appalachian Trail

On the 24-mile shuttle hike up to the Moxie Bald summit, the Maine wilderness unfolds a dizzying array of flora and fauna, and panoramic lake, valley, and peak views.

Portland, ME: Speckled Mountain

Gather blueberries along a vista-packed loop in the state’s largest wilderness.

Acadia National Park: Cadillac Mountain via Dorr Mountain

Summit three Acadia peaks on an 8.8-mile loop, passing overlooks of neighboring bays and island clusters along Maine’s coastline.

Appalachian Trail: 100-Mile Wilderness

Explore the Appalachian Trail’s wildest stretch.

100-Mile Wilderness, ME: Little Lyford to Gorman Chairback

Ski (or snowshoe) hut-to-hut in the East’s wildest preserve.

Baxter State Park, ME: Mount Katahdin via The Knifes Edge

Summit Maine’s highest mountain on this 10-mile loop in Baxter State Park.

Baldpate Mountain Appalachian Trail Maine image by Kelly Bastone
Maine Trips

Baldplate Mountain, Maine

By: Kelly Bastone

The Appalachian Trail in Maine will take your breath away, both as you climb 3,662 feet to the summit and then your 360-degree view.

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