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 incredible Outbound community.

  • Summit Mt. Katahdin via the Hunt Trail

    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 pa...

    10.4 miles 5000 ft gain

  • Camp at Acadia National Park's Duck Harbor

    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 com...

    3 miles 150 ft gain

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

    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...

    20 miles 5000 ft gain

  • Backpack Cutler Coast

    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 H...

    9.6 miles 0 ft gain

  • Backpack to Katahdin Lake

    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 rig...

    6.6 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike Tumbledown Mountain

    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 alpi...

    5.6 miles 2300 ft gain