Maine Appalachian Trail

For those who want to backpack the wilds of Maine, living close to nature and removed from everyday life, a trek on the Maine AT promises a great adventure. This trip is a great progression for participants who have done the Maine Woods Explorer trip and/or Downeast Maine Explorer trip.


 

 

A Challenging Hiking & Camping Trip for Girls 13-15

We begin just north of Monson, Maine, the last town on the Appalacian Trail, and hike north and east through territory known as the 100-Mile Wilderness, from the Barren Chairback Range to Baxter State Park. This section is the longest stretch of “wilderness” hiking on the AT; roads are few and far between. Most of the campsites along the way are lean-to sites, but we bring our own tents to leave room for others. We visit the Hermitage, an area of old-growth forest, and distinctive Gulf Hagas, a gorge sometimes referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East. There are many beautiful lakes and ponds along the trail and because of their remote locations, we won’t have to share with many other people! Weather permitting, our adventure ends with a challenging hike up Mount Katahdin (Wabanaki for “the greatest mountain”), which marks the northern terminus of the AT.

The Trip

We cover 4-12 miles per day, depending upon terrain. We enjoy and learn about the natural history and ecology of the places we visit. There is an excellent chance of seeing moose, bear, beaver, eagles, deer, and other wildlife, and opportunities to observe and appreciate nature, one another are plentiful. The Appalachian Trail (AT) stretches over 2,000 miles between Springer Mountain, Georgia, and Mount Katahdin, Maine. The trail winds through beautiful, remote wilderness and by occasional small towns. Some hearty souls take four to six months to hike the entire length of the AT, and most experienced hikers call the Maine section the most challenging but also a very rewarding part of this great eastern trail. 

 As with all Chewonki trips, the “Leave No Trace” ethic underlies our approach to the places we visit. As a result, participants learn to live and travel responsibly in the outdoors
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