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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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Goose Eye Mountain Hike
August 20 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pmFree
Our latest Community Hike will be up 3,862-foot Goose Eye Mountain in Grafton Notch on Saturday, August 20th at 9am! For many years this mountain was only accessible for a day hike by heading over to New Hampshire at Success Pond Road. The Wright Trail, an official Appalachian Trail side trail, was constructed to provide for a direct route to the heart of the Mahoosucs, in particular the State of Maine-designated Ecological Reserve area which covers most of Goose Eye Mountain. The mountain has three summits and this trail traverses unique and spectacular terrain, including a large alpine bog.
The hike is rated as strenuous (the highest on the scale) and will cover a distance of approximate 9.6 miles. The trailhead is accessible via Sunday River Road off Route 2, just north of Bethel. Take a left onto Sunday River Road at the Sunday River Brewing Company, and then bear right at the next fork to stay on Sunday River Road. At the next fork stay right again at the sign that says Covered Bridge, which will be on the left as you drive over the Sunday River. In three miles the road turns to dirt. After about four miles, you will see two causeway bridges at a fork – take the left over those bridges, and immediately after crossing take a right onto Bull Branch Road. You will pass Frenchman’s Hole, a swimming area with a cliff to jump into a deep, cold pool of water. There is parking here, but continue straight and you will reach the trailhead for the Wright Trail at the next parking area on the left on the side of the road.
Further info can be found here.
You must RSVP for this hike below or by emailing us at email@example.com or by calling 207-808-2073. Rain date will be the following day, August 21st.