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Maine Backpacking Trails

Portland, Maine: Mount Jefferson and Mount Adams via the Great Gulf Trail and Six Husbands Trail

Test out one of the most notoriously difficult trails in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

Portland, Maine: Mount Katahdin via Hunt Trail

Hike, climb, and scramble your way up the final five miles of the Appalachian Trail and be rewarded with the best views in Maine.

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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