Mountaineering in Maine: 10 excellent hikes to examine Maine’s diverse landscape

Spring has ultimately sprung, and though it’s continue to winter season in the mountains, together the coast there is bare floor with crocuses and daffodils pushing up by way of the soil, sure signals of the hotter days to abide by.

Now is a great time to start off putting absent the cold temperature items, get the summer gear in order and start out compiling your day-hiking to-do list. Right here are 10 terrific hikes to contemplate that will have you discovering 10 different Maine landscapes, from mountains and hills to shorelines and bogs and a ton in in between. Delight in!

Hamlin Peak, Baxter Point out Park

On a pleasant summer day when mile-high Baxter Peak is swarming with summiters, there is a superior likelihood you will have close by Hamlin Peak, Maine’s next highest mountain, very substantially all to you. Scramble up Hamlin Ridge to the wide-topped 4,756-foot peak for an remarkable 360-diploma panorama around Gov. Baxter’s incredible 210,000 acres of wilderness.

Monument Hill, Leeds

Monument Hill is a person of countless smaller to medium-sized hills throughout Maine that present fantastic benefits for a modest hard work. Hike the loop counterclockwise to attain the granite obelisk on the 665-foot summit that honors the troopers and sailors of Leeds who died in the Civil War. The nearby ledges produce grand westerly sights ranging from Enjoyable Mountain to Mount Washington.

Jordan Stream, Mount Desert Island

Take pleasure in striking views of Penobscot Mountain as you stroll along Little Prolonged Pond in the Land and Garden Maintain located amongst Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor. Carry on on to Jordan Stream and the wonderful Cobblestone Bridge (created in 1917), then observe the stream north into Acadia National Park to Jordan Pond House in advance of doubling back to the get started.

Monhegan Island

Ten miles out to sea from Port Clyde, Monhegan Island will appear to be a whole a good deal farther absent when you debark from the ferry and move again in time in the quaint minimal village. Head for Lobster Cove and the wreck of the old tug, D.T. Sheridan, then hike the impressive Cliff Trail along the island’s rugged bottom to Gull Rock, White Head and Black Head.

Moxie Falls, Moxie Gore

Situated on Moxie Stream concerning Moxie Pond and the Kennebec River, Moxie Falls is arguably a single of Maine’s greatest waterfalls. Thundering 90 feet straight down into a deep gorge, the falls are an outstanding sight and a distinct case in point of Mother Nature’s awesome electricity. A pair observation platforms allow fantastic sights of the large plunge into the significant pool underneath.

Machias River, Machias

The Machias River Heritage Path follows a superb part of 1 of Maine’s wildest rivers, which flows virtually 80 miles from its source at Fifth Machias Lake to Machias Bay. Enjoy repeated views of the attractive river and then Munson’s Pitch, a single ledge drop quick, just before looping back again together a portion of the Down East Dawn Trail.

Nahmakanta Lake, T1 R11 WELS

Maine’s major general public lands device encompasses the pristine waters of Nahmakanta Lake in the heart of the 100-Mile Wilderness. The Debsconeag Backcountry Path winds by means of the pond-dotted terrain to the lake’s east, the Appalachian Trail threads in excess of Nesuntabunt Mountain to the west, and the new Great Circle Path route follows an wonderful 33-mile program around it all.

Deboullie Pond, T15 R9 WELS

The Deboullie Community Lands device, one particular of the most distant in the state’s stock, occupies an complete township in northern Aroostook County. For a very good introduction to this wild spot, hike the Deboullie Loop Trail all over the boulder-strewn shores of Deboullie Pond, having time en route for the aspect path climb to the fire tower atop Deboullie Mountain (1,970 feet).

Ferry Seashore, Saco

Ferry Seashore is portion of a 7-mile arc of sand that extends along Saco Bay from Camp Ellis to Pine Stage, the longest continuous extend of seaside in Maine. Wander the sand and surf line at will, but not prior to examining out the coloration-coloured path procedure of Ferry Beach front Point out Park, which visits a scarce tupelo swamp and a freshwater pond.

Orono Lavatory, Orono

The Orono Bog is property to a huge array of northern bathroom vegetation, from tiny-leaved cranberry, bog rosemary and Labrador tea to leatherleaf and a host of evergreen shrubs and dwarf conifers. From the East-West Loop Trail in the Bangor City Forest, a just about mile-extensive floating boardwalk loops by way of the extensive raised peat bathroom.

Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island is a veteran adventurer and freelance author. His most recent e-book, Beer Hiking New England, will be accessible later on this yr. Adhere to much more of Carey’s adventures on Fb @CareyKish

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