The Maine Highlands Guidebook Maine Highlands Guidebook 2019-2021 - Page 10

Hike W hether you’re slipping through moss-floored forests, lunching on a picturesque ledge, or celebrating a tough ascent with spectacular summit views, The Maine Highlands’ glacier-carved landscape offers a rich variety of hikes and wilderness backpacking treks that range in length from a few hours to a week or more. LEAVE NO TRACE Help keep Maine beautiful and wild: bury human waste and food waste and take all of your trash with you. Stick to established trails, don’t damage live trees, and burn campfires only in permitted areas. IN THE WEST the Moosehead region provides a range of moderate hikes with escape and discovery at every twist and turn of the trail. IN SOUTHERN PISCATAQUIS Gulf Hagas, often called "the Grand Canyon of Maine,” offers a moderate 8-mile loop hike that circles a scenic, deep, wooded gorge. Side trails dip down to waterfalls and swimming holes. Visitors to the Moosehead Lake area can tackle the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit, a six-mountain hiking challenge that spans the unique Mount Kineo (accessible only by ferry or boat), Number Four Mountain, Whitecap Mountain, Eagle Rock, Big Moose Mountain, and Borestone Mountain. Hikes range from 3.5 to 6.5 miles round-trip. Complete all six and receive an official patch and sticker. Find a trail guide at  AMP IT UP Ultra: Complete all 6 peaks within a single 48-hour period. Winter: Complete the challenge between January 1 and April 15. Winter Ultra: Complete the Winter challenge within a 48-hour period. 10 | THE MAINE HIGHLANDS.COM THE HUNDRED MILE WILDERNESS, often considered the wildest stretch of the legendary Appalachian Trail, passes across The Maine Highlands and provides a challenging 10-night backpacking trip. The trail terminates at Abol Bridge on Maine’s famed Golden Road. BE PREPARED Remember that even in summer, it can get very cold at night and at high elevations; always pack warm, wind-and-waterproof layers. Bring enough food and basic equipment to survive a night in the woods, even if you don’t plan on needing to. International Appalachian Trail The International Appalachian Trail begins in the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, stretching North along the U.S.-Canada Border to the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec. Ferry crossings allow it to pick up in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Belle Isle. The trail’s proposed future route extends all the way across the Atlantic to Europe and North Africa! Once completed, this will be the largest trail network in the world, featuring trails on three continents.