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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
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Michele Mullen
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Great training hike. I stopped a lot to rest on the way up. For me, the trip down was much easier.

Peter Welsh
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Hiking

Nice hike, steep at the end. Plenty of streams.

Michael Cornea
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

If I only had one day left to live, I would spend it hiking this trail, because it feels like an eternity. Honestly one of the most tedious hikes I've done in the past year. Going up took me a little under 2 hours, going down was 1.5 hours, but it felt at least twice as long. Its saving graces were the ludicrous amount of mountain blueberries (which are perfectly ripe right now!), and some neat critters I was able to spot along the way (especially some cool snakes). The view from the summit was mediocre, nothing special that other hikes don't have. The trail becomes a little difficult to follow on the way down, but just look out for the cairns and you should be set.

John Kennett
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Very nice trail! Started to hit the ledges only .7 miles into it. Extremely quick pay off. From there all the way to the summit the trail is granite slabs with shady sections of oak scrub and the views abound. Blueberries everywhere. I could’ve made a lunch on those alone. Looks like the trail was diverted some years ago at the Summit Ridge to go around the cell phone tower. You lose a little elevation doing that but it’s not a big deal. I saw a black bear between the summits! He didn’t pay much attention to me and moved off in the other direction. This would be an amazing trail to do in the winter time so I’ll definitely be back!

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Kyle Payson
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Super fun to climb up Sugarloaf as opposed to the typical ride up on the lift. Ended up hiking to the summit of Mount Abraham and back, going down the ski slopes was tough on the knees and ankles but once we converged with tote rode near the bottom it was a little easier. Definitely would do this hike again, but might start at the Caribou Valley road instead.

Billie Cook
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Great hike, moderate, not difficult as steep sections are short and flatten out, climb is gradual, but last 20 minutes is a little workout, views are amazing! Panoramic at the top. Lean to and tubs were fun to checkout too. Kids and I really enjoyed this one. We'll try the Bigelow Peaks next year!

Andrea Reed
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This trail is 14.5 miles and the last 5 are on a dirt road - did not expect that! Everything up to the road was wonderful. I though we would be walking with views of the lake at the end but that wasn’t the case - but really everything else was amazing!

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Lisa Sullivan
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This trail is listed as “moderate” and it may be so for more experienced mountain hikers, but for the less experienced like myself, it was hard for me. Lots of rocks and boulders, pretty much straight up (and down) with the exception of a small portion that had a more “walk in the woods” feel (that was actually a nice respite). I found myself having to stop more than I typically do but I am used to state parks that are more sea level with some elevation changes, so it wasn’t a surprise that I had to stop and catch my breath a few times. I’m also over 50 and fit for my age (working on my endurance too!). This was definitely a challenge BUT one I would highly recommend. Views at various points were worth it and the summit - spectacular! If you are less experienced at mountain trails like myself, just take it slow, stop when you need to, and take in all the views as you can. It was worth the hike.

Robert Mueller
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Well marked great trails with several scenic views. Not very buggy. Loaded with blueberry bushes that are about 2-3 weeks from perfect picking season.

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bruce lowry
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hiked with my 6yo. going up (& down) the ski slopes was the hardest part: open, hot, sunny, and boring. after we passed the top of the chairlifts it was smooth sailing. beautiful views. typical northern new england above treeline hiking. only a couple thru hikers once we got to the AT. strange year. easy to follow trail the whole way. the ski slopes under construction but clearly marked and workers pleasant with directions. a fine in and back trail. paramount views all along the ridge. with copious breaks and snacks, we did it just under 8hrs round trip. tempted to try berry picker route next time to avoid the slopes.

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Cindy Puckett Groesbeck
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful views!! Went on a hot humid day and 3 bottles of water were not enough! Had the pleasure of talking with a 61 yo gentleman who started his hike from Georgia this spring-his 18yo daughter started a week ahead and son meeting for the final hike at katahdin-truly amazing! Great hike, my friends will be sad they didn't;t join us.

Eric Still
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Good hike. Steep spots. We still parked at the ski resort due to being first timers here.. It was tough to actually figure out where we were supposed to park because each parking area said no parking allowed.. We just found a spot that didn't have a sign saying such and went up the ski slopes. They were steep at points, hiking up was fine, it was down at the end that was the problem. Glad I have trekking poles.. On top of Saddleback and the Horn there were good 360 views all around. Going down Saddleback to the Horn and then up the same way was the worst. Strenuous.. Especially since we brought our dogs. I wouldn't suggest this hike for dogs that aren't used to hiking, like ours. I guess it should have been obvious. Most they had done was Gulf Hagas. We started at 6:40 and saw only two other sets of people. There were quite a few on the way back, maybe like 20 more people. Not crowded at all. I highly recommend this hike on a clear day. Perfect breeze at the top today.

Teresa Doskey
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HikingMuddyRocky

Nice moderate hike. Well marked. Steep at the end. Not much water but plenty of mud. No access to swimming holes. Rock formation was awesome. Could be hard for kids and some dogs near the end.

Laurie Oliver
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Hiking

Starts with a bang off AT! Sign doesn’t reflect the current official elevation of 4010 versus 3988. Side trail to NNE provides excellent view of backside of Sugarloaf. Little buggy but not too bad.

Angela Duran
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HikingMuddyRocky

I would agree with the moderate rating. It does start out steep but levels off. The end is very steep with lots of rocks. The view of the Piazza rock is incredible. Only passed a few other hikers. The trail is muddy in spots but passable.

L G
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Hiking

Made the decision to only hike Saddleback today due to less than ideal visibility on the summit. Going up the ski trails was easy enough to follow. Just kept following the signs for “uphill access”. There are some larger construction vehicles doing work about half way up, so exercise caution going around their work area. At the top of the ski area, there is a small path behind the building leading to the summit. Lupines were gorgeous along the ski trails and we had the pleasure of seeing a moose too!

Kayla Clark
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HikingMuddy

Easy hike, some muddy spot after rain but mostly able to rock or root hop. Small steep scramble up to Piazza Rock.

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Sloth McGoo
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Moose!

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Jonathan Chivilo
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Hiking

Great time with family. I had 1 yr old in my backpack and my 3.5 yr old walked the whole time with a little hand holding. Took a quick dip in the cool water at the dam on the way back. Bug spray with deet recommended

pablo alvarez
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Yes, all pleasant mountain trails are open. From the look echo trust website: "Pleasant Mountain trails are open effective 5/22/2020. Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. Please follow the guidelines posted below to keep yourself and others safe and healthy."

Kelley Altland
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Amy St Pierre
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is this trail open yet?

Samantha Albert
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Easy enough hike. The trail to Redington is narrow. It also has a turn off which we missed. The views are minimal at the summits but you do have some decent views along the way.

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Emily Pozzy
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Robert Mains
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My new favorite hike! Absolutely beautiful!!

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