Monhegan Island

Monhegan, Maine

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Explore the rugged cliffs and spruce forests of the extensive trail system on this remote island 10 miles off the Maine coast. Monhegan Island, roughly 1.75 miles long and 0.75 miles across, is heavily forested with spruce and fir trees, except along its rugged ocean margins, which are dominated by cliffs of dark-colored gabbro, an igneous rock of volcanic origin. On the west, Manana and Smutty Nose islands hem in the island’s snug harbor and wharf. The rocky hump of Nigh Duck guards the initial entrance. Nine miles of trails crisscross the island, creating extensive opportunities for exploration, limited only by your available time and energy. This hike utilizes a portion of four different trails and several village byways to reach into the dense interior forests and the dramatic rocky headlands along the eastern edge of the island. Monhegan trails are numbered 1 through 18 and marked by small green blocks of wood with painted white numbers.
AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast

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AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast

by Carey Michael Kish (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Explore the rugged cliffs and spruce forests of the extensive trail system on this remote island 10 miles off the Maine coast. Monhegan Island, roughly 1.75 miles long and 0.75 miles across, is heavily forested with spruce and fir trees, except along its rugged ocean margins, which are dominated by cliffs of dark-colored gabbro, an igneous rock of volcanic origin. On the west, Manana and Smutty Nose islands hem in the island’s snug harbor and wharf. The rocky hump of Nigh Duck guards the initial entrance.

Nine miles of trails crisscross the island, creating extensive opportunities for exploration, limited only by your available time and energy. This hike utilizes a portion of four different trails and several village byways to reach into the dense interior forests and the dramatic rocky headlands along the eastern edge of the island. Monhegan trails are numbered 1 through 18 and marked by small green blocks of wood with painted white numbers.

© 2015 Carey Michael Kish/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Monhegan
Distance: 5.5
Elevation Gain: 705 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Monhegan Associates (monheganassociates.org)
Local Maps: USGS Monhegan; Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 8 (DeLorme); Monhegan Associates Trail Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Monhegan Island

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Apr 2018