Backpacking & Hiking: Find Your Path On The Appalachian Trail

Spring,Summer & Fall: Maine has some great hiking and backpacking trails and with the Appalachian Trail coming to its culmination at the peak of Mt. Katahdin why not check them out! A challenging but scenic trail to start out on and one of my favorites is Hunt Trail which starts near the Katahdin Stream Campground in Baxter State Park. This trail is actually the last leg of the Appalachian Trail. As you hike along you actually come into Katahdin Brook and Katahdin Falls both are absolutely beautiful and usually offer wildlife sighting opportunities. The trail is challenging with hiking on some steep inclines as well as maneuvering through two substantial boulders called the “gateway” but, it is worth it. Another great hiking trail which is also part of the Appalachian system is Knife’s Edge which is just that, a granite ridge that forms a narrow peak for hikers to pass through. At the top of this amazing ridge, you will have the best views of Moosehead Lake and the Penobscot River. This is an extremely difficult pass through but, when you get to the end of this 1 mile trek you will be glad you pushed yourself to get to the end. Maybe you are just looking for a way to say “I’ve hiked part of the Appalachian Trail”, without risking your life. If that is the case my advice is to hike White Cap Mountain. This trail leads over the summits with magnificent views of Katahdin and leads into Gulf Hagas where hikers can finds awesome swimming under the waterfall. The hike itself is moderate in difficulty but, can be managed by most people with care. Where ever you decide to go, the hiking opportunities are abound in this wonderful state.