The Maine A.T. Land Trust’s Community Hikes program provides free guided hiking trips to the general public from May to October and then from January to March. There are typically two to three hikes per month (depending on weather) and trips are guided by trained trip leaders. The program has been enormously successful at bringing individuals to the A.T. landscape but they can fill up quickly! The limit for participants is usually 5-8 individuals. If a hike you would like to attend is currently filled up, please email us at email@example.com to get on the waiting list. Summer hikes will be listed in May, winter hikes will be listed in December, so check back if you don’t see any!
Our second Next Century Hike for this winter will be on Saturday, January 7th at 9am. We will be heading up Caribou Mountain in the White Mountain National Forest. While the mountain is not directly on the Appalachian Trail it is on Forest Service land (like much of the A.T. landscape to the south) and there are great views of areas where the trail passes to the west and north. Plus it is one of our favorite trips!
We will be taking the Caribou Trail from the east trailhead, which is 2.8 miles down Bog Road off Route 2 in West Bethel. Many guidebooks only describe this trail from the Route 113 side in Evans Notch, so be careful! The hike is relatively moderate for most of its length and the distance to the summit is 3.1 miles (returning the same way). We will meet in the parking area past Pooh Corner Farm at the end of bog road.
You must RSVP for this hike through this page or contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-808-2073)! When entering a Forest Service wilderness area, the limit per group is ten people. There will be updates on snow conditions in the week prior to the hike. Snowshoes and/or traction aids will probably be required!