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February 2018

Four Ponds / Spruce Mountain

February 17 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust’s Great Maine Outdoor Weekend substitute hike will be held on Saturday, February 17th – destination, Four Ponds/Spruce Mountain.  This 2,530-foot summit is very close to the famous Height of Land overlook, which is where we will meet at 10am on the opposite side of the road from the parking area (details will be provided in the organizer's email).  We can proceed to the summit of Spruce Mountain and then down the backside to series of remote, high-elevation ponds within the Maine…

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March 2018

Bald Mountain – Oquossoc

March 3 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bald Mountain Oquossoc, Bald Mountain Road
Oquossoc, Maine 04964
Free

Our next hike will be up Bald Mountain in Oquossoc, right between Mooselookmeguntic and Rangeley Lakes, at 10am on Saturday, March 3rd.  The plan is simple: the Bald Mountain Trail ascends from the parking area off Bald Mountain Road to the summit of Bald Mountain.  The hike each way will be just 1.3 miles.  This is a moderate hike but there are steep sections near the end and conditions will probably be icy enough to require microspikes.  However, this is…

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Old Speck Hike – CANCELLED!

March 11 from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Due to an injury to our trip leader, we have to cancel this hike! Change of plans!  Our next Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust hike will be up Old Speck in Grafton Notch.  This is one of our favorites and we had to cancel both times this winter.  With a big thump of snow on the way, hopefully somebody will have broken trail by Sunday and conditions will be good. This challenging yet awesome hike will run via the Appalachian…

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Cranberry Peak

March 17 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Curry Road, Curry Road
Stratton, Maine 04982
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Free

Our upcoming hike will be up Cranberry Peak (3,214 feet) in the Bigelow Range via the Bigelow Range Trail.  We will meet in the trailhead parking area at the end of Currie Street (sometimes spelled “Curry”) in Stratton at 9am on Saturday, March 17th.  This will be an up-and-back hike up the Bigelow Range Trail, with a distance of 3.2 miles each way for a total distance of 6.4 miles.  The trail is moderate for most of the first half and…

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April 2018

Old Speck Hike

April 7 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Let's try this one last time! The latest Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust community hike will be up Old Speck in Grafton Notch!  This challenging yet awesome hike will run via the Appalachian Trail for a total roundtrip hike of 7.6 miles.  The summit elevation is 4,170 feet – the fifth highest summit in Maine and the highest in the Mahoosucs/Grafton Notch area. This hike will be Saturday, April 7th at 9am.  We will meet in the Grafton Notch parking lot…

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June 2018

National Trails Day Hike – Puzzle Mountain

June 2 from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Free

Our first community hike trip of the 2018 warm season will be up Puzzle Mountain on June 2nd for National Trails Day!  We will meet at 9:30am at the trailhead (shown on the map below) which is at the Grafton Loop parking lot.  The distance from the parking area to the summit is 3.6 miles and should take approximately 3 hours.  So, total hike will be 7.2 miles over about 6 hours.  This is a strenuous hike due to overall…

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East and West Baldpates Hike

June 9 from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Free

Our next community hike will be up East and West Baldpate on June 9th.  These two peaks mark the east side of Grafton Notch State Park, with the East Peak being higher (3,882 feet).  We will go for both peaks from the Grafton Notch parking lot on Route 26.  Total round trip distance will be 7.6 miles (AMC Maine Mountain Guide lists it as 8 miles round trip). This hike should be considered strenuous and there are some ledges that look…

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Mt. Abraham Hike with NRCM

June 16 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

We're climbing Mt. Abraham with NRCM Rising!!!  Sign up through their website here.

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Old Speck

June 24 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

The latest community hike will be up Old Speck in Grafton Notch!  This challenging yet awesome hike will run via the Appalachian Trail for a total roundtrip hike of 7.6 miles.  The summit elevation is 4,170 feet – the fifth highest summit in Maine and the highest in the Mahoosucs/Grafton Notch area. The date of the hike June 24th at 9am.  We will meet in the Grafton Notch parking lot on the west side of Route 26 where the A.T. crosses…

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July 2018

Gulf Hagas

July 14 from 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Our next group hike will be Saturday July 14th to Gulf Hagas - often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East! The 8-9 mile loop hike via the Rim Trail includes a section of the Appalachian Trail before starting on the Gulf Hagas trails. This is a geologically fascinating area, rich in flora and fauna and indigenous history. If conditions are safe, swimming opportunities exist!  Return hike will be via the tote road.  There is a $10 fee…

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