- Bigelow Range (Fire Warden's Trail/Horns Pon) - 15.4 miles - Difficult
This trail starts where the Applachian Trail Crosses Route 27, 2.6 miles northwest of the Sugarloaf Access Road. Follow the Appalachian Trail north to the Stratton Brook Pond Road. Turn right on the road and continue to the Fire Warden's Trail, and follow that steeply up to Avery Peak, where you will find an abandoned fire tower and spectacular panoramic views. Follow the AT south over West Peak and the Horn, until you reach Horn's Pond and the Horn's Pond Trail. Follow this trail back to the Fire Warden's Trail. This is a steep climb totaling 15.4 miles round trip
- Burnt Mountain - 6 miles - Moderate
This trail is part of the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center. Hike to the 3,600’ summit, which offers 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains, including Sugarloaf’s famous Snowfields on its eastern side, and local towns in the Carrabassett River Valley. The 3 mile trail, which follows a stream bed and has one moderately steep section, winds through softwoods and hardwoods, including a large section of white birch, before reaching the broad summit covered in thick alpine grass. A registry on the summit allows hikers to sign their names and remarks.
- Crocker Mountain - 14 miles - Moderate
From the Appalachian Trail crossing on Route 27, follow the trail south for 4.9 miles to the Crocker Mountain summit. Continue hiking south to the Crocker Cirque Campsite. This campsite offers impressive views of the glacial cirque between norht and south Crocker Mountains with a reflecting pool at the bottom. The campsite is located on the left and .1 mile off the main trail, where the trail makes a sharp turn for the descent to the Caribou Logging Road. Follow the logging road back out to Route 27.
- Piazza Rock - 3.6 miles - Easy
The trailhead is located about 9 miles south of Rangeley, where the Appalachian Trail crosses Route 4. The parking lot is across the road from the trailhead. Piazza Rock is located 1.8 miles north on the AT. This enormous flat boulderappears to be balanced in mid-air. You can climb onto the rock, which features large trees growing on top of it. Nearby caves and boulder provide exploration opportunities.
- Sugarloaf Mountain - Numerous routes - Moderate to Difficult
At 4,237 feet, Sugarloaf is the second peak in the state of Maine, and offers unmatched views of the area and surrounding mountain ranges. On clear days visitors to the summit can see all the way to Mt. Katahdin to the north, and Mt. Washington to the south - nearly 1/4 of the entire Appalachian Trail. Hikers here can climb any of the ski trails, or follow the AT from Route 27 up the backside of the mountain to a .5 mile side trail to the summit.
- Tumbledown Mountain - Weld - Numerous Routes
This mountain has three peaks, 700+ foot cliffs on its south face, as well as the spectacular Tumbledown Pond, situated approximately 2,800 feet above sea level. The mountain features numerous trails for varying abilities, including the Brook Trail, which leads just 1.5 miles from the base of the mountain to the pond.
- Bald Mountain Trail
Enter the trail .8 miles south of Oquossoc off Route 4, on Bald Mountain Road (opposite Bald Mountain Camps). Distance to summit: 1.75 miles. A 30’ lookout tower at the summit offers a spectacular, 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains and lakes. This is a great hike for families, with picnic tables on the trail. Summit height; 2,443 feet.
- Bemis Stream Trail
Start from Route 17 in the Oquossoc area, 5.2 miles sout of South Shore Drive intersection. Trail length: 1.5 miles
- Bigelow Nature Preserve & Lodge
This 34,500 acre preserve in the Stratton area, retained in its natural state for the use and enjoyment of the public, includes Maine’s 5th highest mountain, Bigelow Mountain (4,510 feet), and features trails and campsites. The lodge can be reached via the snowmobile trails from Carrabassett Valley (20 miles round trip) or trails from Long Falls Dam Road (6 miles round trip). For more information, call the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands at 207-778-4111.
- Cranberry Peak
There are two ways to hike to the summit of Cranberry Peak. The first is from Stratton. Follow the first road between the Stratton Lumber entrance and The River’s Edge diner to the beginning of the trail. This is a short but strenuous hike with many lookouts. From the summit, you can either return on the same trail or continue your hike, descending by way of the picturesque Cranberry Pond and continuing on to Stratton Brook and Route 27. You would need a car there waiting upon return. The second way would be to start from Route 27, or Stratton Brook (The AT crosses Route 27 about 2.7 miles north of the Sugarloaf Access Road. The Stratton Brook Road is a ½ mile beyond the AT on the right.). This route has an easier climb to the summit with a steep descent, or the option of visiting the pond without hiking to the summit. No matter which approach is taken, be sure to bring plenty of drinking water as there is none available on the trail. This is a very popular hike.
- Daggett Rock
This 40-foot tall rock, located in the Phillips area, is one of the world’s largest glacially deposited boulders and is just a short 1/3 mile hike from the Wheeler Hill Road, located off of Route 142. The rock is actually split in two and you can walk through the split.
- East Kennebago Mountain Trail (Hiking & Biking)
10 miles east of Rangeley on Route 16, turn left on the gravel road. Cross the bridge, take a right, and at the fork, go left, take a second right and park your car (6 miles from the bridge). A post with snowmobile trail signs marks the trailhead. The trail is ideal for mountain bike enthusiasts. Length of the trail: About 6 miles round trip. Summit Height: 3,791 feet.
- Forest Legacy Trail
This trail can be accessed via water across from Haines Landing, or from route 16, 10.1 miles from the intersection of Routes 16 and 4 in Oquossoc. The trail is about 5 miles long and offers an easy to moderate ridgeline and shoreline loop.
- Hatchery Brook Trail
Located .1 mile on the Manor Road off Route 4, just west of the village of Rangeley. This trail is an easy, 1 mile loop with three scenic, lakeside picnic sites.
- “The Horns” Trail
The Horns can be approached from Cranberry Peak or directly from Stratton Brook off Route 27. Located on The Horns Pond is a campsite with tent platforms, water and bathroom facilities. A strong hiker can reach the summit and return in one day. However, if time allows, an overnight trip including Avery Peak would be ideal. Elevation gain to the west peak is 3,100 feet.
- Hunter Cove Wildlife Sanctuary
This loop network of trails is easy and can be entered on Route 4 across from Dodge Pond or from Hunter Cove in the Rangeley area.
- Mountain Pond Trail
A 1.5 mile trail through wooded hillsides and forest that leads you to the edge of the pond. Enter from South Shore Drive, a ½ mile west of the Rangeley Lake State Park entrance. OR enter from Edelheid Road at utility pole #13. The trail is blazed in red.
- Mt. Abraham (Mt. Abram) Trail
Located off Route 142 between Phillips and the Kingfield area, this trail offers a variety of climbing and walking terrain (about a 2 hour hike, which is relatively easy until approaching the summit, where it is quite steep). This mountain offers multiple peaks with a lookout tower on its principle peak, the eighth highest in the state. It is also only one of two Maine mountains (the other being Sugarloaf) with natural snowfields at its peak during winter months. Summit height: 4,049. Enter the trail from the West Kingfield Road next to Jordan Lumber in Kingfield. Follow this road for 3.1 miles until it turns into a dirt road, then follow. 2 miles ahead to a crossroad, bearing right at the fork after another .4 miles. The trail is another 2.5 miles ahead, marked by a sign and orange blazes.
- Orgonon Trails
Located on the property of the late scientist Wilhelm Reich, these interconnecting loop trails offer 175 acres of self-guided nature trails for hiking or cross-country skiing, and include a bird watching area and educational stations. Picnic tables available. Open year-round. Please call ahead for weekend use. Located in the Rangeley area off Route 4 on Dodge Pond Road. For more information, call 207-864-3443.
- Smalls Falls
A very popular roadside picnic area with several scenic neighboring waterfalls surrounded by sculpted cliffs on the Sandy River and Chandler Mill Stream. The falls drop 54 feet with swimming and wading pools at the bottom. Cross the footbridge and follow the walking trail along the stream to other falls. Located 12 miles south of Rangeley on Route 4. Picnic tables, grills and restroom facilities.
- Spencer Pond Trail
Park in the small turnout. The trail starts just off Route 17, 12.7 miles south of Oquossoc (9.1 miles south of South Shore Drive). The trail is a short walk on an old dirt road and great for children. Trail length: 1 mile each way.
- Spotted Mountain Trail
Enter the trail at the paced section of Quimby Pond Road in the Rangeley area. Distance to summit: 4.5 miles.
- West Kennebago Mountain Trail
A moderate 2.5 mile hike to the summit through hardwoods, spruce trees, conifers and moss. Good mountain and lake views from the fire tower. Take Route 16 west from Oquossoc (toward Wilson’s Mills) 4.8 miles to the dirt road on the right (Morton Cutoff Road). Go 3.2 miles and take a right at the intersection. Travel 5.3 miles to the trail. Look fro the sign on the left, and follow the trail markers. Summit height: 3,705 feet.
- West Mountain Falls
This nature trail begins at the Sugarloaf Golf Club and entails a short, easy hike (only about .3 miles long) to a quiet, scenic area on the south branch of the Carrabassett River. This is a great place for a picnic, swimming or just relaxing.