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January 2019

Piazza Rock and Eddy Pond

January 27 from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Piazza Rock Trailhead, Route 4
Sandy River Plantation, Maine
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The next Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust winter hike will be on Sunday, January 27th at 9:30am.  The destination will be Piazza Rock (a big rock) and Eddy Pond (a nice pond, shown above) on the A.T. going up Saddleback Mountain.  The distance to Piazza Rock is 1.8 miles, and Eddy Pond is about 1.9 mile beyond that.  Altogether, there and back, the distance is 7.4 miles.  This is a strenuous hike that has ups and downs but we will not be…

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March 2019

Flagstaff MH&T Hut Snowshoe

March 2 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Our snowshoe hike to the Maine Huts & Trails Flagstaff Hut is finally upon us!  On Saturday, March 2nd we will meet at the Long Falls Dam Road trailhead for a guided 2.2 mile snowshoe to the Flagstaff Hut for lunch, and then back, with MH&T trails manager Savannah Steele.  We have the option to make it a loop trip with the Maine Hut Trail/Shore Trail route.  If you have never been to any of the MH&T huts they are…

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Old Speck Mountain

March 16 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

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, March 16th at 9am.  We will meet in the Grafton Notch parking lot on the west side of Route…

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Cranberry Peak

March 23 from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Curry Road, Curry Road
Stratton, Maine 04982
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Our next Community 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 9:30am on Saturday, March 23rd.  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…

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April 2019

Portland Trails 15×15 / Annual Meeting

April 11 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Oxbow Brewing, 49 Washington Ave.
Portland, ME 04101 United States

Portland Trails' annual meeting is coming up and the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust will be presenting to the group on Appalachian Trail conservation!   Lots of other friends are on the agenda as well! The annual meeting is a night of the best ideas in trails, transportation, conservation, and placemaking from members of our community. The 15×15 presentation style inspires presenters to be deep, brief, and snappy; and it inspires audiences to walk away educated and entertained. Presenters get 15…

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June 2019

Four Ponds Hike

June 15 from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Height of Land, Maine Route 17
Township D, ME United States
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Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust’s first of many warm season hikes will be on Saturday, June 15th – destination, Four Ponds.  We will meet at the Height of Land overlook at 9:30am in the parking area.  We can proceed to the summit of Spruce Mountain and then down the backside to series of remote, high-elevation ponds within the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands’ Four Ponds area. This is a moderate hike and we can choose to make it shorter or longer, depending on…

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Old Speck Hike

June 22 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

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, June 22nd at 9am.  We will meet in the Grafton Notch parking lot on the west side of Route…

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July 2019

East and West Baldpate

July 13 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Our next community hike will be up East and West Baldpate on July 13th at 9am.  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…

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Mount Abraham

July 27 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fire Warden Trail, Rapid Stream Road
Kingfield, ME 04947 United States
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The Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust’s latest community hike will be on Saturday, July 27th, starting at 9am!  This is a challenging, 9.1-mile hike (total distance) that traverses varied terrain via the Fire Warden Trail.  This trail meanders through woods before climbing steeply and emerging on a rocky slope above treeline.  It is a great hike on one of Maine’s most spectacular and important mountains.  And it's free to come along! More information about the trail can be found here:  Maine…

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August 2019

Puzzle Mountain Hike

August 17 from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Puzzle Mountain Trailhead, 1000 Bear River Road
Newry, ME 04261 United States
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Our next community hike trip of the 2019 warm season will be up Puzzle Mountain on August 17th!  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 length and elevation gain…

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