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Maine Appalachian Trail

For anyone who loves to backpack, living close to nature and the wonder of the open trail, a trek on the Maine Appalachian Trail (the AT) promises a great adventure. This three-week expedition is for young women who have reached a level of competence in wilderness skills that allows them to take on the sustained challenge of hiking a Maine section of the famous Appalachian Trail.

Leaders encourage the girls to practice good judgment, decision-making, and teamwork, while keeping compassion and a sense of humor within easy reach. The pleasures of wilderness travel and friendship, as well as the sense of accomplishment that comes from having bonded and succeeded as a group in the face of challenges, make this a trip girls always remember.

The Back of Beyond: an Adventure on the Appalachian Trail

Our adventurers hike through territory known as the 100-Mile Wilderness, the longest stretch of wilderness hiking on the AT. We visit old-growth forest and distinctive Gulf Hagas. We pass many beautiful lakes and ponds along the trail. Weather permitting, our adventure ends with a challenging hike up Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the AT.

We enjoy and learn about the natural history and ecology of the places we visit. Moose, bear, beaver, eagles, deer, and other wildlife are plentiful in this region of Maine.

Most experienced hikers call the Maine section of the Appalachian Trail “…the most challenging, but also the most rewarding” part of this great eastern track.

The “Leave No Trace” ethic underlies our approach; participants learn to live and travel responsibly in the outdoors

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