Maine Woods

It may be hard to imagine using grub hoes, rock bars, and loppers to build and maintain a hiking trail from Boston to Denver, but that distance—about 1,800 miles as the crow flies—is equivalent to the number of trail miles AMC volunteers and staff maintain every year. Think about that: all the way from the…

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For more than a decade, visitors to AMC’s Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins have marveled at the stunning view of Baker Mountain from the shore of First Little Lyford Pond. At 3,521 feet, Baker Mountain is the second highest peak between the Bigelow Range and Katahdin. Home to the headwaters of the West Branch of…

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Dear Mr. Mann— I have in my head a scheme for an attempt at preserving some of the finest bits of Nature near Boston. I want, if possible, to interest you… Charles Eliot, a young Boston landscape architect, wrote those words to Appalachian Mountain Club President George C. Mann on March 5, 1890. Eliot, AMC’s…

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It was at AMC’s Gorman Chairback Lodge, somewhere around 1:30 in the morning, when I overheard a visitor ask a friend with whom he was traveling, “Do we have butt cream?” It wasn’t all that unusual a query, really. You see, this duo was part of a European team competing in the 200-mile Untamed New…

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Join guide Stephen Madera of Song in the Woods and his four-legged team on a dogsledding journey in the Maine Woods. Read more about dogsledding in One of the Team and browse all AMC videos on YouTube.  

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I’m wary of big dogs, especially those that look like wolves. So when Stephen Madera asks me to help Teddy, a 50-pound Siberian husky, get down from the kennel on the back of his truck, I’m nervous. “He might like to use your shoulder,” Madera says. I hook a hand under Teddy’s collar and he…

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Afoot and afloat in Maine’s most beguiling backcountry My introduction to Maine’s famed 100-Mile Wilderness region came in early July of 1974, when a junior high school friend and I concocted a plan to hike the Appalachian Trail from Monson to Katahdin. We would cover the 100 trail miles of the name, plus the final…

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Figuring out how to climb Katahdin, the focal point of Baxter State Park and Maine’s highest peak, can be almost as herculean a task as summiting the mountain. Carey Kish, editor of the Maine Mountain Guide, explains how to plan ahead and prepare. Watch more AMC videos on YouTube.

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