There’s more to the Pine Tree State than lighthouses and lobster rolls. Explore more in the mountains this summer, and experience the very best that Maine’s western mountains have to offer.
"Summer Scribblings" celebrates Sugarloaf in summer from the perspective of the mountain's seasonal Snow Reporter Gabrielle Martin, who offers a fresh and fun perspective as she spends her first summer season in Western Maine, embarking on activities unique to the area and blogging about her experiences. From biking to hiking to touring to ziplining and all things in-between, this is "Summer Scribblings," an authentic adventure blog based out of Sugarloaf Mountain.
West Mountain Falls Scenic Hike and Swimming Hole
Warm weather is a sure sign that summer is, at long last, upon us. Beat the heat with a scenic hike and refreshing dip in West Mountain Falls.
Brunch Better at 45 North
Nothing shakes a case of the Sunday Scaries quite like brunch; that’s why, this weekend, you should start your day the Sugarloaf way by brunching at 45 North!
Good Vibes and Bike Rides
Mountain biking has become a staple of Sugarloaf’s summer scene; join Gabrielle Martin for a morning of mountain biking at the Outdoor Center, with a little help from Allspeed Carrabassett.
Swap Leg Day for this Sugarloaf Hike
Join Gabrielle Martin and her dog Amos on a scenic summer hike at Sugarloaf Mountain, the third highest peak in Maine; to follow in their footsteps, take this Outpost-recommended route, which climbs over 2,500 vertical feet.
First-Timer's Guide to the Bag Burger
Food enthusiasts in the Carrabassett area can rejoice: The Bag is back! After a brief hiatus at the end of ski season, the Bag has reopened for summer—perfect timing too, because I had just mentioned to Noelle Tuttle that I had never tried their famous Bag Burger, and voila, this blog was born.
The One Where Indiana Jones Teaches Me To Golf
No, not that Indiana Jones – Sugarloaf Golf Club’s own Indiana Jones, Assistant Golf Professional, gives Gabrielle Martin a half-hour private lesson, beginning with the basics: grip (mind the V’s!), stance, and swing.
Burnt Mountain Trail: Scorcher of a Summer Hike
This week on the blog, Gabrielle Martin hikes Burnt Mountain Trail, a challenging trek that promises the reward of spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including the Bigelow Range, Crocker, Mount Abraham, Spaulding, and, of course, the Loaf.
Exploring Flagstaff Lake by Kayak with a Rental from the Outpost Adventure Center
Summer adventures await with a water sport rental from the Outdoor Center! Join Gabrielle Martin as she explores Flagstaff Lake by kayak.
Vamoose Your Caboose to Sugarloaf Mountain's Outpost-Operated Moose Cruise
The Outpost-operated Moose Cruise adventure excursion departs from the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel each Monday evening at 6:15pm; join Gabrielle Martin as she travels to a series of moose sighting hot spots in the area, led by one of the mountain's local moose experts.
Sippin’ on Summer at Strokes Bar and Grille
Those who frequent the Sugarloaf Golf Club can tell you that there's no better place in the Valley to enjoy a beverage this summer than the scenic Strokes patio: it’s the ideal place for golfers to relax with post-round libations, and an equally optimal spot for non-golfers to make the most of their Sugarloaf getaway.
Gabrielle’s Guide to Sugarloaf’s Summer Après Series
What’s summer without a little live outdoor music and a frosty Maine microbrew?
Reviewing the Rack: “Serving Questionable Locals and Those Soon-to-Be”
The Rack is an independently owned-and-operated eatery at Sugarloaf serving burgers, beers, and authentic Maine barbeque smoked with sugar maple wood; this après hotspot—voted North America's #1 ski bar by Outside Magazine—has been serving the Carrabassett community for over a decade.
Just Tossing it Out There: Sugarloaf Disc Golf Course
You cannot beat the scenic views from the Sugarloaf disc golf course, located just above the base area on the Landing and spanning over to the SuperQuad; designed with beginner and well-seasoned disc golfers alike in mind, this course is a prime-time disc golf destination offering affordable outdoor fun.
Moosely Munchies at the Bull Moose Café
The Bull Moose Café is one of Sugarloaf’s best-kept secret lunch locations, pairing majestic mountain views with fresh fare, from homemade soups and stews to gourmet salads, sandwiches, cookies, and an assortment of other baked goods.
The Road to Winter: Maintaining Sugarloaf in Summer
While it’s still summer here in the mountains, thoughts of winter are never far from mind. Although it’ll be a while before we’re buckling our boots for the first runs of the season, the Sugarloaf maintenance team is buckling down on a number of projects to get the mountain in shape for winter.
Onewheel at Sugarloaf, An Exciting and Welcome Addition to the Summer Scene
This is the first summer that Onewheel demos are available at Sugarloaf, operating out of the Outpost Adventure Center; Onewheel makes for an exciting and welcome addition to the summer scene, providing a self-balancing, self-propelled, action-packed and adrenaline-inducing experience.
Sugarloaf Zipline Tours: Taking Mountain Adventure to New Heights
Sugarloaf's zipline tours take mountain adventures to new heights! Groups of 8 or less depart daily Wednesday through Sunday from the Outpost Adventure Center; tickets are $45.00 per person when booking online (reservations are recommended, or pay $50 per person when booking in-person at the Outpost).
Narrow Gauge: A Rec Mecca
Whatever the reason, whatever the season, if you’re seeking some quality time outside in Carrabassett Valley, look no further than the Narrow Gauge Pathway! From biking to birdwatching, family time to fishing, this public-access, multi-use outdoor oasis honestly offers something for everybody.
Upcoming AJGA Tournament at Sugarloaf Golf Club
This August 23 through 26, the American Junior Golf Association will be holding the Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Sugarloaf Golf Club for the tenth time; both male and female golfers ages twelve to nineteen will participate in the tournament.
Eateries Either Side of the Access Road
Life is full of little choices, and although spending time at Sugarloaf—whatever the reason, whatever the season!—is no doubt a no-brainer, perhaps the most difficult of all decisions can come down to where to turn at the end of the Access Road when pursuing off-mountain eateries.
Volunteering at AJGA: "It Takes A Village"
Volunteering is a large component of all American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) events, the Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Sugarloaf included—and as is the case with all of Sugarloaf's large-scale events, our motto is, “It takes a village.”
10 Most Instagrammable Places Up the Access Road
After much debate and deliberation, we’ve selected the top 10 most Instagrammable places up the Access Road; while Sugarloaf has no shortage of scenic sights, here’s our go-to guide for getting that perfect travel photo optimal for social sharing.
Date Night Done Right at Sugarloaf
Sugarloaf is a great place to spend time with those near and dear to us, offering an assortment of activities all in one central location as well as an unparalleled collection of excellent on-mountain eateries and incredible scenic sights; there’s no doubt the mountain is a rather romantic destination, so adventure down the Access Road for date night done right at Sugarloaf.
Sugarloaf Behind-the-Scenes Experience at the Eastern States Cup
Hundreds of mountain bikers gathered on the slopes of Sugarloaf for a weekend of downhill mountain biking in the Eastern States Cup Box Showdown; Sugarloaf was stop eight of eleven in the eastern circuit, and a qualifying event for the Enduro World Series slated for August, which will also be hosted here at Sugarloaf.
Scenic Fall Foliage Lift Rides on the SuperQuad
The SuperQuad is now spinning on weekends from 9:00am to 4:00pm for scenic fall foliage lift rides! Tickets are $15.00 per person when booking online, in advance, or $20.00 per person when purchased on-site at the Outpost Adventure Center; children (ages 5 and under), seniors (ages 80 and over), and guests with a 2021/22 winter season pass ride for free.