Well known for its skiing and winter activities, Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley is Maine’s second highest mountain and a great hike. The summit can be reached either from the ski trails or via the Appalachian Trail which crosses just below the top of the mountain.
To get to the trailhead: Access to the Appalachian trail for this hike is on the sometimes rough dirt Caribou Pond road one mile north of the Sugarloaf Access road off Rt 27 (Maine High Peaks Scenic Byway). Travel this road for just over 4 miles to a concrete barrier. Park you car here. Hike past the concrete barrier and in just under a half a mile you’ll find where the Appalachian Trail crosses the road. Turn left onto the Appalachian Trail and you soon cross the South Branch of the Carrabassett River. Follow the white blazes until you hit the junction of the blue blazed spur trail which leads you to the 4,237 ft summit. Enjoy!