The Best Backpacking in Maine

Looking for the best backpacking in Maine? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Maine. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Maine

  • Millinocket, Maine

    Summit Mt. Katahdin via the Hunt Trail

    5.0
    10.4 mi / 5000 ft gain
    Let me start off by saying, this is not an easy hike by any means. Only attempt this if you are an experienced hiker. The route has over 5,000 ft elevation gain in a little over 5 miles. You start off your hike in the Katahdin Stream Campground parking area, following the white Appalachian Trail ...
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  • Isle au Haut, Maine

    Camp at Acadia National Park's Duck Harbor

    8.85 mi / 150 ft gain
    Introduction Didn't think there was backpacking to be done in Acadia National Park?  Think again!  Isle au Haut (pronounced "isle ah ho") is a little island off of Stonington, Maine.  Half of the island is a quiet and quaint New England island community and the other half is part of Acadia Natio...
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  • Millinocket, Maine

    Backpack to Russell Pond, Davis Pond, Baxter Peak, and the Knife Edge

    20 mi / 5000 ft gain
    Day #1 This Backpacking trip starts at the Roaring Brook campground on the east side of Baxter SP. Immediately after entering the park through the Togue Gate, take the first right towards Roaring Brook CG. Register with the Ranger there and begin your hike to Russell Pond on the Russell Pond Tra...
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  • Trailhead: Cutler Bold Coast Trail, Maine

    Backpack Cutler Coast

    9.6 mi / 0 ft gain
    This is a great hike for beginner backpackers! We were able to successfully complete it with our 4month old puppy! At the trailhead, there is plenty of parking and an outhouse. We took the coastal trail to the ocean and continued along the Fairy Head Loop: This trail provides the most extensive s...
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  • Baxter Park Road, Maine

    Backpack to Katahdin Lake

    3.0
    6.6 mi / 0 ft gain
    This hike is located in Baxter. Maine residents gain free admission into the park; non-residents must purchase a day pass ($14 per vehicle) or season pass ($39 per vehicle). After entering the park at Togue Pond Gate of Baxter State Park, bear right and continue onto the Roaring Brook Road for 6....
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  • Weld, Maine

    Hike Tumbledown Mountain

    5.6 mi / 2300 ft gain
    To keep the hike as short as possible, the hike can be an out and back at 5.6 miles, but if you wanted to make it a loop that is possible and adds only an additional 2 miles or so. We took the Brook Trail up to the summit (which passes by the alpine lake) and then followed it back down. To hike t...
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  • Caratunk, Maine

    Appalachian Trail: Caratunk to Monson

    35.02 mi / 5968 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Caratunk to Monson is a point-to-point trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Caratunk, Maine.
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  • Carrabassett Valley, Maine

    Crocker Mountain and South Crocker Mountain via Appalachian Trail

    6.58 mi / 2867 ft gain
    Crocker Mountain and South Crocker Mountain via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Kingfield, Maine.
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  • Kingfield, Maine

    Fire Wardens, Horns Pond and Appalachian Trail Loop

    11.85 mi / 3648 ft gain
    Fire Wardens, Horns Pond and Appalachian Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by the lake located near Stratton, Maine.
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  • Bar Harbor, Maine

    Dorr, Cadillac, Pemetic and Dike Peak Loop

    9.5 mi / 2818 ft gain
    Dorr, Cadillac, Pemetic and Dike Peak Loop is a loop trail that takes you by the lake located near Bar Harbor, Maine.
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  • Millinocket, Maine

    Baxter Peak via Saddle and Cathedral Loop

    9.61 mi / 3720 ft gain
    Baxter Peak via Saddle and Cathedral Loop is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Millinocket, Maine.
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  • Millinocket, Maine

    Little Wassataquoik Lake via Russel Pond Trail

    22.75 mi / 1699 ft gain
    Little Wassataquoik Lake via Russel Pond Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Millinocket, Maine.
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  • Millinocket, Maine

    Mt Coe and South Brother Loop

    7.88 mi / 2812 ft gain
    Mt Coe and South Brother Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Millinocket, Maine.
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  • Millinocket, Maine

    North Traveler Mountain Trail to Pogy Notch Trail Loop

    9.49 mi / 3169 ft gain
    North Traveler Mountain Trail to Pogy Notch Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by the lake located near Millinocket, Maine.
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  • Millinocket, Maine

    Five Ponds Trail to Trout Brook Mountain Trail Loop

    3.15 mi / 1060 ft gain
    Five Ponds Trail to Trout Brook Mountain Trail Loop is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Patten, Maine.
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  • Monson, Maine

    Lodge-to-Lodge Trail to Gorman Chairback Lodge

    12.6 mi / 1066 ft gain
    Lodge-to-Lodge Trail to Gorman Chairback Lodge is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Greenville, Maine.
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