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!
Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust’s first hike of the 2017 non-snow season will be to Four Ponds/Spruce Mountain on Mother’s Day. The 2,530-foot summit is very close to the famous Height of Land overlook, which is where we will meet at 10am 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. Lunch at Sabbathday Pond shelter.
It is a great way to get out on the A.T. in Maine without having to navigate woods roads or climb steep mountains while there is still snow, mud and impact on trails. Total mileage will be up to 3.6 miles each way – the distance to the Sabbath Day Pond shelter – with the only ascent/descent involving approximately 300 feet of elevation gain on either side of Spruce Mountain.
Having just come down Bemis Mountain, the Appalachian Trail proceeds from the parking area to the east, up Spruce Mountain and down to large areas of montane spruce-fir forest in largely wet areas. The terrain in this section is largely flat, and proceeds along the first two ponds, Moxie and Long, before heading up along the south side of Four Ponds Mountain. The A.T. skirts the northern edge of the state land while remaining just below the summit of Four Ponds Mountain and becomes steep in this section, but only briefly. As the trail descends to the isthmus between Long Pond and Sabbath Day Pond, the third of the Four Ponds, it reaches the A.T.’s Sabbath Day Pond shelter.
You must RSVP for this hike through this page or contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-808-2073)! We will be coordinating ridesharing too.