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AMC Leads Effort to Expand Maine Trail System

August 24, 2016
John Judge
Ryan SmithJohn Judge discusses AMC’s leadership role in expanding the Maine trail system in the 100-Mile Wilderness.

Our trail crews’ axes and hazel hoes have gotten such a workout lately, the team will need to schedule extra tool sharpenings as they work to complete several new multiuse trails on and near AMC’s conservation and recreation land in Maine, part of a regional trails effort in which AMC plays a lead role.

AMC volunteers and staff continue to contribute much needed—and much appreciated—sweat and muscle to trails throughout our region, from the Delaware Water Gap to Greater Boston to the Berkshires, the Whites, Acadia, and beyond.

And recently, we’ve beefed up the work we’re doing in Maine with our volunteer, staff, and Maine Chapter trail crews, as well as state-contracted crews, participating in a multiyear effort to expand a trail network that will serve not only guests at AMC’s Maine Wilderness Lodges but also hikers, skiers, snowshoers, and mountain bikers visiting and living in surrounding towns.

I’m especially pleased that, when completed, this expanded network will connect with existing trails in the town of Greenville, Maine, helping to grow recreational opportunities in a welcoming community that has long been a destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Crews have put in a ton of work on important routes, including Third Mountain, Blue Ridge, and Gorman Loop trails, as well as several of the ski trails we maintain for public use. When our new Medawisla Lodge & Cabins opens early next year, visitors can look forward to skiing on dozens of miles of groomed and backcountry ski trails, many of them newly cut.

We’re also working in partnership with Weyerhaeuser and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands to continue the Number Four Mountain Trail up and over Baker Mountain, connecting it to our trail system near Little Lyford Lodge & Cabins.

Adding to our existing 130-mile network of multiuse trails, we’re creating new mountain biking trail—including cross-country and exciting single-track—to further diversify the region’s recreational offerings. And we’re taking the time to do it right, choosing durable surfaces to help conserve natural resources. Many of these bike trails are in the vicinity of Shaw Mountain, and we imagine they will
be a particular draw for Medawisla guests.

This regional project showcases what AMC does best: building partnerships, harnessing the energy and passion of volunteers, and connecting local communities to our conservation efforts. I encourage you to get out on the trails near you to hike, bike, snowshoe, or ski these next few months, when the air is crisp and the views are endless. And if you haven’t checked out our trails or lodges in Maine, they’re waiting for you.


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