Transport yourself to another world as you explore the remoteness of the Maine Woods. For a relaxing adventure, paddle along the calm water of Second Roach Pond and catch glimpses of Katahdin. If you are looking for something more active, explore the vast trail network that connects AMC’s three Maine lodges, or head to one of many popular viewpoints throughout the area. In summer, hikers can link up with the Appalachian Trail for a day hike as they follow the famed white blazes north toward Katahdin, the trail’s Northern terminus, or hike to the Gulf Hagas, a deep river gorge often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of Maine.” In winter, snow covers the trails to create a paradise for snowshoers and cross-country skiers, with the popular Lodge-to-Lodge route offering a backcountry adventure without having to carry your overnight gear.
AMC’s Maine Mountain Guide, now in its 11th edition, gives detailed descriptions on the trail network of the Maine Woods. Accompanied by a set of trail maps, this guide will be a lifeline to help you understand the terrain and expectations of your planned hikes, with details on mileage, directions, elevation gain, and expected time. In winter, consult a croo member at one of AMC’s three Maine lodges for a map with information on the groomed ski trails and hiking routes surrounding the lodges.
Because of the remoteness of this trail network, it’s important to carefully plan for your trip. If you are staying at one (or more) of AMC’s Maine lodges, be sure to research the nearby trails ahead of time and pack for whatever adventures await you.
With four stops along the way, this popular route provides a backcountry winter adventure without all the hassle. AMC provides luggage shuttle service between each location—Gorman Chairback, Little Lyford, West Branch Pond Camps, and Medawisla—so you can enjoy your day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing with just a day pack. Start either north or south, following the Lodge-to-Lodge Trail with stops at each lodge or camp for a warm meal and a restful evening in the cabins. While you can drive straight to Medawisla, access to Little Lyford and Gorman Chairback in the winter is ski in only, so you’ll need to plan ahead. Contact AMC for more information and guidance on parking, planning, and more.