Blog | Scenic Lift Rides on the SuperQuad

Cowritten by Jessica Sechler & Erica Jenson | August 30, 2023

The joys of the High Peaks region can be felt year-round but are particularly special in the Summer and Fall.  Sure, most of us are familiar with a wintry chairlift ride but a ride up the SuperQuad amongst a colorful leafy canopy is truly something special. 

A ride for all ages

A Sugarloaf hike is not for the faint of heart climbing 2,820 vertical feet from the base lodge until you reach the radio tower at 4,237’ summit elevation.  Hikes can be rewarding (and sweaty). However, a scenic chairlift ride can be a convenient alternative to see the beautiful panoramic views and can be enjoyed by individuals of all ages.

During the Summer and Fall months, the Superquad offers scenic lift rides every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) from 10am-4pm.  Tickets are available for purchase in the Outpost for $25 per person or save $5 and purchase online for $20.  Current winter season pass holders ride for free (Please have your season pass with you in order to ride the lift). Passes are free for ages 0-5 and 80+.

Load the chair, relax, and enjoy the ride while the lift takes you just over halfway up Sugarloaf, nearly 1,783 vertical feet. No steps are required should you choose to ride up and down.  Scenic riders may get off to explore, take in the views, summit, or even walk down.

The lift attendants at the top (and bottom) of the Superquad love to chat, so be sure to say hello. They often have recommendations on where to get the best views and other activities to do in the Carrabassett area. 

Pictured above is the beloved Sugarloaf Lift Operator Mike Pulk, who is also a registered Maine Guide. He knows the area better than most and loves to share his knowledge of the mountains.

My favorite spot is found by taking a right as you unload from the lift and walking down to take in the view from the top of Hayburner ski trail.

Pack a lunch and find a mountaintop view or take a seat at one of the picnic tables at the top of the lift.  There’s no need to rush so as long as you’re back on the SuperQuad by 3:40 (lift closes at 4pm), until then you’re free to relax.

It’s fun to see the mountain in a new way.  Play a game in which you identify native plants, birds, or critters and check them off as you discover and find them. 

Scenic rides offer an immersive experience of peace and serenity your phone’s Calm App could never provide. Sounds of the stream, rustling leaves, and birds chirping will put you in a zen state of mind as you absorb the 360 views.

Remember to purchase your scenic lift ticket (pass) online. Head to the base area ticket kiosks to print out your RFID GO card prior to loading the SuperQuad as your Go Card will be required to get through the gate. Sugarloafers with winter season passes for the upcoming season (2023/24) can use their existing pass and ride for free. 

See you on the lift,

Erica J.