About The AT In Maine
The AT in Maine features the most remote hiking on the entire trail, including the final stretch between the town of Monson and the summit of Katahdin (the northern terminus of the AT) which is known as the Hundred Mile Wilderness.
The trail in Maine is a place of indescribable beauty punctuated by long stretches through verdant woodlands and vistas from bald granite summits. The terrain (roots, rocks and mud are prevalent) can be tough on pace, footwear and feet. From May through early August insects (primarily black flies and mosquitos) are so thick they drive the moose into the lakes for relief. If you’re hiking through in those months, be prepared to fend them off or you may be swimming with them!
Mahoosuc Notch is a valley chock full of giant boulders that fell from the cliffs above. It is considered by some to be the toughest mile of the AT because of the gyrations required to get through, especially with a bulging pack.
Bigelow Range – Exceptional views over Flagstaff Lake, the Carrabassett Valley and, on a good day, as far as Katahdin.
Katahdin – Northern terminus of the AT. At 6269 feet, it’s the highest point in Maine and, in my opinion, one of the most inspiring places, not just on the AT, but in the world.
* 2006-2011 data compiled by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
More about the AT
If you are interested in hiking the trail, you may find my book Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on the America’s trail a useful resource. I section-hiked the AT over nearly three decades with a good friend and we learned a lot!
If you are interested in the history of the Appalachian Trail – how the trail came into existence in the first place and the powerful personalities that got it built, you may find my latest book, Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail a fascinating read.