Read the latest issue of the MAINEtainer, MATC’s quarterly newsletter. FALL 2020 EDITION NE Regional Partnership Committee holds virtual meeting ZOOMING NERPC MATC Maintainer’s Meeting Survey Power Hedgers for Clearing/Brushing/Trimming – My New Favorite Trail Tool End of the Trail – Carrington Rhodes Maintainer Openings – White Cap District Remembering Dick Innes You can view the current year’s issues as well as look into the MAINEtainer archives.Read More
One of the most remote areas of the A.T. in Maine – now newly accessible via the White Brook Trail.
“The highest mountain in the Hundred Mile Wilderness is easier to access thanks to recent improvements and trail relocations.” Maine Appalachian Trail Land TrustNovember 20, 2020 White Cap Mountain was protected by the Gulf Hagas Whitecap project in 2017, which was completed by the Forest Society of Maine, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust.White Cap is the highest mountain in the fabled Hundred Mile Wilderness and the trail this organization maintains – the White Brook Trail – is more accessible than ever. Take a tour of the project and learn about the ecology, history, recreation and […]Read More
Our Volunteers Rock!
Rocks aren’t placed by magic; it takes lots of hands and strong backs to make rock steps. Volunteers build stone steps at Gulf Hagas using pry bars, shovels, grip hoist and pick axes.Read More
Get MATC Gear!
Show your support for MATC by proudly wearing and displaying official clothing and accessories emblazoned with the MATC logo. Check out the variety of MATC branded items at our “Trading Post” – on-line store. MATC has partnered with Spreadshirt to provide MATC branded clothing and accessories to members and supporters of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. Items are available in a variety of styles and colors. MATC is a non-profit, 501c3 charitable organization and does not make any profit on these items. Spreadshirt is a third-party, affiliated vendor who handles all sales and questions regarding their products.Read More
MATC’s Position on Saddleback Ski Area Solar Project
Regarding the Saddleback Ski Area Solar Project We encourage the owners of the Saddleback Ski Area (Arctaris Impact Fund) to move the location of its proposed grid-scale solar power generating facility to a location that would not impact the views from the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) on Saddleback Mountain. At just over three miles away, the proposed 35-acre solar array would become the dominant feature on the landscape view looking north from the A.T. Other than Katahdin, Saddleback offers the longest open ridge walk along the A.T. in Maine and about 1.5 miles of this section would have frequent views of […]Read More
Illegal Fire Rings Concerning on AT
ILLEGAL FIRE RINGS: In Maine, campfires in the woods require a fire permit or a permitted campsite to be legal. WIth the dry conditions this Fall, non-permitted campfires along the A.T. are especially concerning. A frequent task for maintainers is to dismantle and disperse fire rings which not only encourage more camp fires in inappropriate locations but also encourage trash accumulation. This particular fire ring just north of Orbeton Stream has been dismantled four times this season. Photo by @Tony BarrettRead More
4-ft X 6-ft
4-ft X 6-ft: Trail maintainers are tasked with keeping a 4 X 8 foot corridor along the tread way for clear hiker passage. “One should be able to carry a 4X8’ sheet of plywood upright through the woods”. That standard is a high bar to meet in some places. Photo by Tony BarrettRead More
An Ideal Time for Corridor Monitoring
THE FALL IS AN IDEAL TIME FOR CORRIDOR MONITORING: Simon Rucker, Mike Mahony, Mary Eagan and Kayla Gagner are happy to find a boundary marker without any digging. This section of A.T. corridor is just south of Long Falls Dam road. Photo by Tony BarrettRead More
Kudos to Maintainers
We received a nice note from a happy hiker…. I hiked from Gorham, NH to Caratunk, ME two weeks mid-Sept. and was very impressed at how well the trails were maintained. I was also impressed at how much planking there was along marshy areas, showing your respect of the underlying ecosystem. Please share my thanks to all the Trail Maintainers along these sections. – LightWalkerRead More