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!
The next Maine A.T. Land Trust community hike will be up to West Baldpate in Grafton Notch on the A.T.! We will meet in the parking area below Old Speck in Grafton Notch State Park at 9am this Saturday January 19th. This is an up-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail, with a distance each way of 3.1 miles (6.2 miles total). The terrain is rugged and this is a strenuous hike that is a bit less strenuous than others in the area due to the shorter distance. We will not be attempting to climb East Baldpate which is much more challenging in the winter. If the trail has been broken out and we make good time, we will stop at Table Rock on the return hike.
Snowshoes and traction aids (Microspikes, Hillsounds, etc.) are required for this hike. Higher portions of the A.T. on West Baldpate tend to be icy. You must RSVP by using the form below or contacting us. The hike will be weather dependent – there is a snowstorm in the forecast which we are monitoring, but it is several days out.
Here’s some information on the trail and Grafton Notch State Park:
Sign up and come on out!