What's your favorite mountain hike in Maine?
We have hiked all over the world, from Everest to Kilimanjaro and Mount Vesuvius. Yet, the most beautiful hike we have ever been on is the West Quoddy Trail in Lubec. You can see the whales frolicking in the narrows and the eagles soaring overhead. Seals play along the shores while the lobstermen pull their traps, and the rock formations along this bold coast are jaw dropping. We came here to hike, but ended up moving here because of the beauty.
Tumbledown Mountain gets my vote. Nestled between two accessible peaks is a tiny pond — it’s an exploration to the top of the world. I am eagerly anticipating the coming-of-age of my daughters so I can share this mountain with them.
My favorite Maine mountain hike is Baldpate Mountain out of Grafton Notch. It was part of my thru-hike along the Appalachian Trail, and I hiked it early in the morning. Coming up the first part of the mountain there was some residual morning fog just below the nearby peaks, creating a “cloud city” illusion. When I reached the open summit I was treated to an eye-popping 360-degree view of all the surrounding mountains. It truly is a great mountain, great hike, and one that is certainly worth doing again.
It isn’t a long or strenuous hike, but I love Blue Hill Mountain. The view from the top is of Deer Isle, Penobscot Bay, Blue Hill Bay, and Mount Desert Island. Late summer hikes yield blueberries, and with a fall hike you enjoy some great color.
Mount Battie is my favorite hike. Our family tradition is walking up to watch the star being lit on Christmas and Easter with colored eggs, ham, rolls, and coffee.
Martha McSweeney Brower
Hiking Mount Katahdin is a religious experience and one that I believe everyone should do in their lifetime. I have a hiking group and we pilgrimage to the mountain every year in September.
Merrimack, New Hampshire
West Kennebago Mountain has a beautiful trail that ends at a fire tower. The green foliage, occasional moose scat, and beautiful views over the Kennebago River make it worth the climb. The trail also seems underused, making it even more special for the folks who climb the mountain.
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The Moment: Summer in Maine brings the dawn’s early light just after four in the morning. We begin our summer days watching each new morning come alive, in awe of the beauty and giving thanks that we now live in Maine year-round. Hot coffee in hand, the loons calling, and a view like this.