Hiking Maine Mountains
The mountains of Maine are distinctly New England. The flanks of the mountains are covered with trees and trails on them carve upwards, often steeply, through thickets of maple and pine. Some mountains here are stubby, some are magnificent. Here are ten Maine alpine hiking experiences.
In far-southern Maine, includes a web of trails. Although not tall by mountain standards, the mountain provided a landmark for Colonial-era sailors.
This mountain hosts many trails for hikers, horses and mountain bikers and has easy access to nearby Freeport and Portland.
The tallest mountain in southern Maine is home to the Pleasant Mountain ski area and has a web of popular hiking routes. It’s close to Sebago Lake.
On Maine’s MidCoast, this park may have the name ‘hills’ in its name, but there’s definitely mountain hiking there. A popular trail heads steeply up Mt. Megunticook for views of the surrounding sea.
Acadia, Maine’s only national park, has so many great mountain hikes that it’s impossible to pick the best. This 9.5-mile loop, however, is a favorite.
This is a popular and scenic climb in western Maine and features a small lake near the top.
Want some bragging rights? Summit Mount Kineo, Number Four Mountain, Whitecap Mountain, Eagle Rock, Big Moose Mountain, and Borestone Mountain in the Moosehead Lake area and win the Pinnacle Pursuit challenge. Summit all the peaks within 48 hours (!) and/or in the winter and earn extra points.
This difficult, 38-mile hike starts at the Grafton Notch State Park and winds up and through the Mahoosuc Range in far-western Maine.
Near the Sugarloaf ski area, this offers hikers the chance to bag several tall Maine peaks in a day, all while ascending some lung-busting trails.
The peak (sorry) of alpine experiences in Maine. At 5,267 feet, it’s the state’s tallest and most famous mountain. Not to be taken lightly; it’s tough, beautiful and unpredictable.
Want more? Check out Maine Trail Finder for detailed information on routes across the state.
Look Out for ME Hiking Tips
Stay on established trails & roads
Pack any garbage & waste out with you when you leave
Don’t cut, mark or damage trees
Always recreate within your personal limits
Be weather wise & dress appropriately
Bring a basic first aid kit & travel with a friend
Bring a waterproof map & compass
For more info on how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, visit our Look Out for ME page.