Appalachian Trail: Endless opportunities right in our backyard

The Appalachian Trail runs from Springer Mtn in Georgia to Katahdin here in Maine and offers endless opportunities for backpacking trips, day hikes or even a 6 month thru hike of its more than 2,000 miles of trail. The best thing about the Appalachian Trail is that it’s right here in our backyard and runs right through the Carrabassett Region and western mountains of Maine. The “AT” can be enjoyed in any season whether you’re wearing your hiking boots or you snowshoes. Below are three hikes you can enjoy that are only minutes from Sugarloaf Ski Resort. Follow the white blazes and get out and enjoy this wonderful resource that’s part of why we call this region Our Home year-round!

The AT crosses Rt. 27 just a couple miles north of the Sugarloaf Access Rd. This hike, filmed in the winter months, is great for a quick outdoor adventure or an easy hike to do with the kids…


Just one mile north of the Sugarloaf access rd is the Caribou Pond road. A few miles in on this rough dirt road the AT crosses and you can hike south to the summit of Sugarloaf or hike north towards Crocker Mtns. On the way, just over 1 mi in on the AT you reach Crocker Cirque Pond with great views of the Crocker Cirque.


Just below the town of Rangeley on rt4 in Sandy River Plantation the Appalachian Trail crosses the road and offers a variety of day hikes. We head north in this video and explore Piazza Rock, a very unique natural rock outcrop. A fairly easy hike, great for kids and families. If you continue on the AT past Piazza Rock you’ll reach the summit of Saddleback Mtn. Enjoy!


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