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This month marks the 80th anniversary of the #AppalachianTrail, which passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. . With so many access points along its approximate 2,190-mile route, this trail is not only an excellent option for thru-hikers and section-hikers, but also day-hikers and those looking to escape into nature for a few hours. . To honor the Appalachian Trail, we have compiled a list state by state of some of our favorite day hikes along the AT. Check out this list for Maine and help us celebrate the legacy and natural wonder of this trail!

Appalachian Trail: Maine: Best Day Hikes Map

A very fun little day hike, great for dogs and kids. Our 8 year old daughter has been hiking this with us since she was 6. Plan on about 3-4 hours, depending on how many breaks and how long you break for. Pretty views along the way. On summit most days you get an impressive view of Mount Washington.

You’ll want bug spray.

nice little hike in big Niagara had the falls while little Niagara had the perfect spot to stop relax and watch the falls

I was in Rangeley for a week, and this hike was my first priority. I was on my own schedule all week, so I purposefully chose the best forecasted weather day and went for it. It would be my first two 4,000 ft peaks, and it surely did not disappoint! 72 degrees at the base lodge of the ski area, 60 degrees at the summit and clear skies the entire day...in Northern Maine...in May. Couldn't have gotten luckier.
The trek up is steep. Very steep. Double black diamond ski trails most of the way up, which as a non-skier, I can't imagine going down with glides attached to my feet. Take the time to stop and look back at the views as you climb...just keeps getting better. There was still some significant snow patches in shady spots throughout. The scenery doesn't end with the summit of Saddleback. There are amazing vistas and outlooks across the entire ridge from Saddleback to the Horn, and back. Atop the Horn, hurricane force winds nearly blew me over a couple times as I was paying too much attention to my camera and not at keeping my balance...it came out of nowhere and was persistent my entire time on the mountain top. I planned to have lunch and a beer, but the wind was too much, so I came back down the ridge before being able to dig in and not have anything blow away. I went by myself, saw a women trail running with her dog about 15 minutes into my climb, then didn't see another human until a man walking his dog on the bunny-hills 10 minutes before I got back to my car. There were moments I definitely feel I was the only person in a 2 mile radius. I started at 10:49am, finished at 5:23pm...LOTS of pausing for pictures, a full sit-down lunch, and plenty of stops at crystal clear ponds and running snowmelt to wet my bandana. I will absolutely be back again to conquer these beasts! Maybe my favorite hike I have ever taken.

Perfect climb to kick off the season. Views at so many points of the hike.

Awesome hike! Took my 1 year-old Brussels Griffon. He did great :)

Trail is in great condition. Fun little hike. Bring bug spray.

Hiked Pleasant Mountain via Southwest Ridge today 5/27/18. Trail. 2.9 miles up and 2.9 miles back. Took about 3 hours of hiking. I’m 58, my daughter is 28. And my dog is 4.
A great day! A terrific trail. Starts up right out of the gate. View from various ledges on the way are terrific. Maine is a special place.
My dog picked up 4 porcupine quills half way up. Glad I had my Swiss Army knife with pliers.
Harder than I thought, but agree it is moderate.
Lunch at the top. Parking lot 2.8 miles on Denmark Road, off of Route 302.
Will look for similar hike in June. Great trail and well marked. Thanks to landowner(s) who let us use it!

My husband and I hiked the Southwest Ridge Trail yesterday. It was our first hike this spring, and we probably should have worked up to it! The trail goes straight up the mountain, which means straight down at the end! There are very few flat areas for respite. It is listed as moderate, but we would also consider it strenuous, due to the steepness and rocky nature of the trail That being said, it was gorgeous. The day was perfect and the views spectacular. We will definitely go back later in the season. Do NOT forget bug spray! We met only two other hikers, but shared the trail with millions of mosquitos!

Great hike. We ended up going all the way to Bald Face from this trail and it was 8.2 out and back.

Nice little tune up for NH this year. You can see Washington still snow capped off in the distance.

Perfect 2-3 hour hike. Beautiful pics, turn-outs and enjoyable summit. Really fun to race back down.

amazing hike to do with just the dog. steep trails make for a super quick hike, and being a ski moutain there is no questioning where the trails are, at least until you hit saddleback peak. then follow the white trail markers painted on rocks over to the horn. you won't be disappointed with the beautiful expedition.

Hard, but well worth the effort! Lots of ups and downs the entire trail, so you don’t feel like you get a break going either direction. However, views along the way, and at the top, are gorgeous. Encountered a few thru-hikers but not too much traffic. Highly recommended for those in good shape.

Absolutely loved this hike. It was difficult, with periods of large grade, but absolutely doable for two out-of-hiking shape enthusiasts. Gorgeous views at every turn, and plenty of spots to rest if needed.

Hiked in April of 2016. amazing views all the way up. theres a dip in elevation between peaks so be aware. took about 2 and a half up. Great hike.

Amazing, beautiful hike! Very ICY! Take proper precautions

The views are incredible. Be advised that currently on the southwest trail it’s slabs on slabs of ice. You will want micro spikes for sure. Great challenge though. Definitely going back

great hike. love the different array of peaks you can see when out at the horn.

Hiked it on October 13, 1992, and October 24, 2015.

Peak foliage provided spectacular colors. The forest shifted colors at least 5 times from pink, orange, red, yellow, and evergreens. Fog and rain on the summit, so unfortunately no views. Challenging hike at times.

Pleasant hike with lots of views near the top. There are many variations to increase or decrease the length of the hike based on time and energy available. It is a bit crowded though.

Beautiful view from the top. Great place for dogs off leash. First half is harder than the first, so don’t get discouraged!

Such an amazing hike, well marked trails, beautiful views along the way up, barely anyone on the trail, so incredible!!!!

Challenging hike. Lots of elevation. Great views.

Nice moderate to easy... smells like pine trees and Christmas

I would call this on the easy side of moderate, never got too steep very gradual. Since it is on a ridge it is hard to know when you've reached the summit, we went to about 3.5 miles and decided to turn around. There are so good views but they are limited.

This was a fairly challenging hike. It was more difficult than what I was anticipating. There weren't any steps in the rocks so the footing wasn't as stable as when hiking trails in Colorado or even the Alps. We had to abandon the trail midway. Nice views for the section that we saw.

Compared to the Bald Peak Trail, this trail was more challenging in my opinion. Starts off with a steady incline, but the views are fantastic all the way up. Lots of bees at the top today but nice hike as always.

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