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The Appalachian Trail travels 281 miles in Maine.  Whether it's your finishing point for your thru hike of the trail or the start of your adventure, Maine is a magical place.  The trail encounters lakes, bogs, hand over hand climbs, mountain vistas, a ferry across a river and a one hundred mile wilderness.

The trail in Maine is considered the most difficult section of all the trail and is not recommended for novice backpackers.  There are many stream crossings that must be forded with some that can be very dangerous during times of high water.  The trail can be wet and muddy most of the time.

The western section of the trail in the state includes an area of extremely steep 4000 foot mountains including the notorious mile long boulder scramble of Mahoosuc Notch.  The central section of the trail in the state includes the crossing of the Kennebec River, which is done via a FREE canoe ferry service due to the dangers fording the river. 

The eastern section is sometimes referred to as 'the hundred miles'.  There are some rugged climbs and the AT northern terminus is located at the 5268 foot summit of Katahdin.  Snow can be found here by late September. A strenuous 4000 foot elevation gain in five miles awaits you.

Memorable places along the Appalachian Trail in Maine includes Mount Carlo, Goose Eye Mountain East Peak, Goose Eye Mountain North Peak, Fulling Mill Mountain South Peak, Mahoosuc Notch, Baldplate Mountain West Peak, Baldplate Mountain East Peak, Saddleback Mountain, The Horn, Saddleback Junior, Spaulding Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, South Crocker Mountain, North Crocker Mountain, South Horn, Bigelow Mountain West Peak, Bigelow Mountain Avery Peak, Little Bigelow Mountain, Kennebec River, Moxie Bald Mountain, West Peak, Hay Mountain, White Cap Mountain, Rainbow Ledges, and finally Katahdin aka Baxter Peak.

Use the links above to explore different sections of the AT in Maine (links under construction).

We recommend purchasing any of the following books for those looking for more information on hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine:

 Appalachian Trail Guide to Maine

 Hikes in Northern New England (Exploring the Appalachian Trail)

 

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