When many people think of Maine, images of craggy coasts come to mind. But, we’re not called the “Pine Tree State” for nothing. Much of our state is covered in forests and mountains, perfect for exploring during the sunny days of summer or the chilly days of winter. Take a look at this list of the ten highest peaks in Maine and start making plans to bag each one!
1. Mount Katahdin, Piscataquis County: 5,267 feet
Located in Baxter State Park, Katahdin's name was given by the Penobscot Indians and means “The Greatest Mountain." It serves at the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, but can be hiked on it's own in about 10 hours. Be prepared for some technical areas and always climb safely!
2. Sugarloaf Mountain, Franklin County: 4,240 feet
Located in the Carabassett Valley, Sugarloaf has a vertical rise of 2,820 feet. The Appalachian Trail passes within a mile of Sugarloaf’s summit on the west side of the mountain. Visit Sugarloaf Resort in the winter for skiing and snowboarding, then again in the summer for golfing, hiking and mountain biking.
3. Crocker Mountain, Franklin County: 4,229 feet
Located in the Carrabasset Valley, Crocker Mountain is traversed by the Appalachian Trail and comes with spectacular views. Along the way, you'll encounter a glacial cirque called "Crocker Cirque" located between the main summit and the lower summit of South Crocker Mountain.
4. Old Speck Mountain, Oxford County: 4,170 feet
Old Speck is located within Grafton Notch State Park near the town of Newry. The trails leading to the summit are quite steep, but hikers will find stunning views of the surrounding Mahoosuc Range at the top. The Standard Route trail to the peak is part of the Appalachian Trail system and is considered challenging. The route is about 4 miles long.
5. North Brother Mountain, Piscataquis County: 4,150 feet
North Brother is located within Baxter State Park, near Katahdin. Unlike Katahdin you can manage to do this in a nice day trip. The rocky, open summit offers views of Katahdin, Doubletop, Coe and South Brother Mountains, as well as streams and rivers.
6. Mount Bigelow, West Peak, Somerset County: 4,144 feet
Mount Bigelow has some interesting history. The mountain is named after Major Timothy Bigelow who climbed the summit in 1775 "for the purpose of observation." Major Bigelow was one of Colonel Benedict Arnold's four division commanders during the 1775 Invasion of Canada. The West Peak is the highest of the many comprising Mount Bigelow.
7. Saddleback Mountain, Franklin County: 4,121 feet
Saddleback is one of the most well-known peaks in Maine. The Appalachian Trail runs along the ridge of Saddleback crossing the summit. The Saddleback ski area is located on the north face of the mountain.
8. Mount Abraham, Franklin County: 4,049 feet
Mount Abraham is another mountain with an interesting history. The mountain was logged in the late 19th century. Logs were moved down-slope in ice-covered wooden sluices. Logs, lumber, and pulpwood were shipped on the narrow-gauge Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad from there.
The McDonnell F-101B Voodoo No.57-376 of the 60th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron out of Otis AFB in Massachusetts, crashed onto the mountain after colliding with another F-101B during a cross-country formation flight in 1967. The two-man crew ejected with minor injuries and the second aircraft made an emergency landing at Dow AFB.
9. The Horn, Frankin County: 4,049 feet
Part of the Saddelback area, The Horn
s summit is a combination of alpine and sub-alpine environments and offers views of the surrounding peaks. Summit trails include Rock Pond, which has a 2,000-foot gain, and Redington River, with a 2,400-foot gain. The Appalachian Trail runs along The Horn’s summit.
10. Mount Redington, Franklin County: 4,009 feet
Located near Carabassett Valley, Mount Redington is one of only two 4,000-foot Maine mountains without an official hiking trail to the summit. Instead, hikers follow a network of logging roads. The summit ascent is six miles round-trip.
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