Hiking in Maine: 10 Great Hikes to Explore Maine’s Varied Landscapes


Spring has finally arrived, and although it is still winter in the mountains, along the coast there is bare ground with crocuses and daffodils growing through the ground, sure signs of longer days. hot to follow.

It’s a good time to start packing up cold-weather gear, getting your summer gear in order, and starting compiling your day-hike to-do list. Here are 10 great hikes to consider that will have you exploring 10 different Maine landscapes, from mountains and hills to beaches and bogs and more. Enjoy!

Hamlin Peak, Baxter State Park

On a beautiful summer day, when Baxter Peak, a mile high, is teeming with peaks, chances are you’ll have nearby Hamlin Peak, Maine’s second highest mountain, practically all to yourself. Alone. Climb Hamlin Ridge to the 4,756-foot wide-topped summit for an extraordinary 360-degree panorama of Governor Baxter’s incredible 210,000 acres of wilderness.

Monument Hill, Leeds

Monument Hill is one of countless small to medium hills in Maine that offer big rewards for a modest effort. Travel the loop counterclockwise to reach the 665-foot-tall granite obelisk that honors Leeds soldiers and sailors who died in the Civil War. The nearby ledges offer great westerly views from Pleasant Mountain to Mount Washington.

Jordan Stream, Mount Desert Island

Enjoy breathtaking views of Penobscot Mountain as you stroll along Little Long Pond in the Land and Garden Preserve located between Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor. Continue to Jordan Stream and the charming Cobblestone Bridge (built in 1917), then follow the stream north through Acadia National Park to Jordan Pond House before returning to the starting point.

Monhegan Island

Ten miles off Port Clyde, Monhegan Island will seem much more remote when you step off the ferry and step back in time to the quaint little village. Head to Lobster Cove and the wreck of the former tug, DT Sheridan, then hike the spectacular Cliff Trail along the rugged back of the island to Gull Rock, White Head and Black Head.

Moxie Falls, Moxie Gore

Located on Moxie Stream between Moxie Pond and the Kennebec River, Moxie Falls is arguably one of the tallest waterfalls in Maine. Dropping 90 feet into a deep gorge, the falls are an awe-inspiring sight and a clear example of the awesome power of Mother Nature. A few viewing platforms allow for a good view of the big dip in the large pool below.

Machias River, Machias

The Machias River Heritage Trail follows a stunning section of one of Maine’s wildest rivers, flowing nearly 80 miles from its source at Machias Fifth Lake to Machias Bay. Enjoy frequent views of the beautiful river, then Munson’s Pitch, a single-ledge rapid, before looping back along part of the Down East Sunrise Trail.

Nahmakanta Lake, T1 R11 WELS

Maine’s largest unit of public land encompasses the crystal clear waters of Lake Nahmakanta in the heart of the 100-Mile Desert. The Debsconeag Backcountry Trail winds through pond-strewn terrain to the east of the lake, the Appalachian Trail passes over Nesuntabunt Mountain to the west, and the new Great Circle Trail route follows an incredible course of 33 miles around it all.

Etang Deboullie, T15 R9 WELS

Deboullie’s public land unit, one of the furthest in the state inventory, occupies an entire township in northern Aroostook County. For a good introduction to this wilderness, hike the Deboullie Loop Trail around the rock-strewn shores of Deboullie Pond, taking time to climb the side trail to the fire tower atop Mount Deboullie (1 970 feet).

Ferry Beach, Saco

Ferry Beach is part of a 7 mile arc of sand that stretches along Saco Bay from Camp Ellis to Pine Point, the longest continuous beach in Maine. Hike the line of sand and surf at will, but not before you’ve hiked Ferry Beach State Park’s colorful trail system, which visits a rare tupelo swamp and freshwater pond.

Orono Bog, Orono

Orono Bog is home to a wide array of northern bog plants, from small-leaved cranberry, bog rosemary and leatherleaf Labrador tea and a multitude of evergreen shrubs and dwarf conifers. From the East-West Loop Trail in the Bangor City Forest, a nearly mile-long floating boardwalk winds through the vast raised bog.

Mount Desert Island’s Carey Kish is a seasoned adventurer and freelance writer. His latest book, Beer Hiking New England, will be available later this year. Follow more of Carey’s adventures on Facebook @CareyKish

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