Maine is wild, scenic, and challenging with a beginning SOBO – or southbound hike – perhaps the hardest of all, starting out on a climb and descent of her tallest mountain, Katahdin in Baxter State Park.
Mount Katahdin and the 100 Mile Wilderness are some of the hardest – but most special – miles on the AT, especially in rain and cold.
It’s a short distance from Monson to Caratunk, but the sun comes out and I finally have stupendous views.
After a tough four months managing a cancer diagnosis and healing from surgery, I’ll return to the trail.
I’m back in Maine and ready to start where I left off, considering how to measure the rewards from my engagement as a changed person.
The Bigelow Range is a classic ridge walk with huge elevation, plus gorgeous lakes and ponds.
The Crockers are two of the easiest 4,000 footers in Maine with one side gradually ascending, the other, a steep boulder field.
Two 4,000-footers– Spaulding and Saddleback Mountains – are on trail as well as a 3-mile alpine exposure.
The trail hits dangerous rotting boards over deep bogs plus an alpine climb of Beamis and Old Blue Mountains.
It’s incredibly steep up and down on rock with a glorious reward of open balds above treeline.
The short section that straddles Maine and New Hampshire is considered one of the hardest with bouldering and dangerously steep descents.