Explore the wild places of Maine by foot carrying everything you need in your pack.

On each trip you will:

  • Hike Maine’s scenic trails and camp at remote campsites
  • Explore the natural surroundings that support a diverse population of  wildlife including loons, bald eagles, coyote, beaver, otter and moose
  • Learn skills such as stove use, cooking, management of the trail, topographical map reading, GPS navigation/compass, first aid, leadership, local ecology, and other various outdoor skills
  • Learn and practice Leave No Trace principles
  • Give back to the location by providing a service such as building bridges, maintaining trails, clearing campsites, building lean-tos and much more

100 Mile Wilderness: Backpacking: Southbound

Dates: July 30 – Aug 3
Prior Experience Required: Yes
Exertion Level: Difficult to Extreme – Must be able to carry a 40lb pack over rough terrain.
The 100 Mile Wilderness is the northern most section of the Appalachian Trail. This section is considered by many to be the most remote section of the entire AT. The trail wanders through public and private land and is characterized by the rugged terrain, pristine lakes and ponds and amazing views. During this trip, participants will need to carry a backpack weighing approximately 50lbs over rough terrain. The journey will begin hiking to the Abol Bridge and end five days and twenty-seven miles later at Waldeigh Stream Lean-To. Each day we will set up camp; learn outdoor cooking and living skills, including Leave No Trace principles. We will also participate in a service project to benefit and preserve the park.

100 Mile Wilderness: Backpacking: Northbound

Dates: July 30 – Aug 3
Prior Experience Required: Yes
Exertion Level: Difficult to Extreme – Must be able to carry a 40lb pack over rough terrain.
The 100 Mile Wilderness is the northern most section of the Appalachian Trail.  This section is considered by many to be the most remote section of the entire AT.  The trail wanders through public and private land and is characterized by the rugged terrain, pristine lakes and ponds and amazing views.  During this trip, participants will need to carry a backpack weighing approximately 50lbs over rough terrain.  The journey will begin hiking to the Waldeigh Stream Lean-To and end five days and twenty – seven miles later at Abol Bridge.   Each day we will set up a camp; learn outdoor cooking and living skills, including Leave No Trace principles.  We will also participate in a service project to benefit and preserve the park.

Camden Hills: Backpacking

Dates: July 30 – August 3 and August 20-24
Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Moderate – must be able to carry a 40lb pack
If you have never tried backpacking this trip is designed for you. Spend the week at Camden Hills State Park enjoying the scenic vistas overlooking Penobscot Bay. The backpacking trip starts at Spring Brook Ski Lodge where we will use the cabin as a home base for the night. We will continue the next day to the summit of Bald Rock Mountain. Sleep under the stars with views of the Penobscot Bay. Our last day of hiking will be the longest through different terrain. This trip will cover approximately 12 miles of trail.

Namhamkanta Lake: Kayaking, Hiking and Primitive Skills

Dates: July 30 – August 3 & August 13 – 17
Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Mild to moderate.
The Namhamkanta Public Lands encompass 43,000 acres of sprawling forests, crystal clear lakes, secluded ponds, and gorgeous mountain views! There is an extensive network of hiking trails along lakeshores, gorges, and the Appalachian Trail’s (AT) 100-Mile Wilderness. We will even hike to a towering and remote waterfall. During this trip, the group will spend time paddling, swimming, hiking, and fishing.

Deboullie Public Reserve Land: Canoeing, Fly Fishing and Hiking

Dates: August 6-10 & August 20 – 24
Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Mild to moderate.

Deboullie Public Lands offer remote campsites on crystal-clear trout ponds surrounded by rugged mountains. There are 17 ponds ranging in size from 8 to 341 acres with native brook trout, Atlantic salmon, lake trout, and Blueback Trout (landlocked Arctic Charr), which is the world’s northernmost freshwater fish. We will hike on some of the 12-mile trail network with some hikes leading us to remote ponds and to Deboullie Mountain to a fire tower and also explore ice caves. The staff will take the time to teach basic fly fishing techniques.  Bring your own rod or we will have plenty to borrow.