Maiden Cliff Trail is a hiking trail in , Maine. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 196 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 743 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The Millerite Ledges (elevation 696 feet) cliff can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Maiden Cliff (elevation 676 feet) cliff.
Maiden Cliff Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Maiden Cliff Trail climbs steeply up to the cliffs. Maiden Cliff offers fine views of the mountains to the west across Lake Megunticook. To the south, across Camden, the islands of Penobscot Bay march to the horizon. The hike continues to the top of Millerite Ridge, with views in every direction.
The trail climbs alongside a small brook that tumbles down the mountainside. Beyond the junction with the Ridge Trail, the Maiden Cliff Trail climbs north, switchbacking up to the cliffs. A cross is at the south end of the cliff, at the point with the most exposure. The cliff runs a distance to the north with a cleft in it. Rough trails run along the cliff top, through the stunted oak trees, allowing you to explore the cliff."
--Greg Westrich, Best Easy Day Hikes Camden (Falcon Guides).
"The Maiden Cliff Trail climbs steeply up to the cliffs. Maiden Cliff offers fine views west across Lake Megunticook of the mountains to the west. To the south, across Camden, the islands of Penobscot Bay march to the horizon. The hike continues to the top of Millerite Ridge with views in every direction.
The hike up to the cliff and the ridgetop begins across ME 52 from the public beach at the south end of Lake Megunticook. The trail climbs alongside a small brook that tumbles down the mountainside. Beyond the junction with the Ridge Trail, the Maiden Cliff Trail climbs north, switchbacking up to the cliffs. The cross is at the south end of the cliff, at the point with the most exposure. The cliff runs a distance to the north with a cleft in it. Rough trails run along the cliff top, through the stunted oak trees, allowing you to explore the cliff."
--Greg Westrich, Hiking Maine: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
"A hike to a rocky outcropping above Megunticook Lake, featuring spectacular inland views. Can be combined with other trails in Camden Hills State Park to make a full day of hiking. Camera buffs will like this trail: The views of Megunticook Lake and surrounding countryside give outstanding opportunities for photographs, especially in autumn. The Maiden Cliff Trail begins at the north end of the parking lot and winds through mixed growth. The trail bears northeast and follows the bank of a small brook before crossing a wooden bridge. Shortly past the bridge, the Ridge Trail meets the Maiden Cliff Trail. Keep to the left; the trail becomes quite steep here. The rocks can be slippery when wet, as can the ground itself, since it has a blanket of pine needles; be careful of your footing."
--Tom Seymour, Hiking Maine (Falcon Guides).
"Magnificent views from a stunning precipice above Megunticook Lake. Justifiably described as “The Jewel of the Maine Coast,” Camden (along with its sister towns of Rockport and Lincolnville) is second only to Acadia National Park as Maine’s premiere destination for multi-sport adventures. Situated between the highest mainland mountain range on the Atlantic coast, and beautiful Penobscot Bay, the setting is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. This trip, with its sheer ledges and amazing views over Megunticook Lake, is an excellent introduction to some of the outstanding hiking the area has to offer."
--Ty Wivell, Discover Maine (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"In our high-tech world chock full of special effects, we forget that kids are still interested in simple things such as a wooden bridge over a fast-moving stream, glacial boulders perched beside the trail, a hollowed-out shell of a tree, and panoramas over a sprawling lake. The hike to Maiden Cliff offers all these, plus the potential for a swim and picnic at Barrett Cove after the hike. Your destination is the lofty cross that perches on the edge of the cliff, erected in memory of twelve-year-old Eleanora French. On May 7, 1864, this farmer’s daughter fell to her death as she chased her windblown hat. (Let that be a warning.)"
--Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr, Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books).
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