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Mt. Abraham, Spaulding Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain
Carrabassett Valley, ME, Mt. Abraham, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Fire Warden's Trail
Looking up the Fire Warden's Trail

Route: Fire Warden's Trail, (Mt. Abraham), Mt. Abraham Side Trail, Appalachian Trail, Spaulding Mountain Side Trail, (Spaulding Mountain), Spaulding Mountain Side Trail, Appalachian Trail, Sugarloaf Side Trail, (Sugarloaf Mountain), ski trails

The Fire Warden's Trail had been rerouted in three places - twice below the logging road crossing and also just below the recently-burned-down fire warden's cabin.

The views were excellent from Mt. Abraham. Though limited, the directional views from Spaulding were good as well. Cloudy later in the day, the views were quite as crisp from Sugarloaf.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Difficult
Destination: Mt. Abraham
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Spaulding Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Sugarloaf Mountain
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, July 10, 2011
Time to Trailhead: 00:14
Parking Elevation: 988'
Destination: Mt. Abraham
Time Elapsed: 02:55
Trailhead Elevation: 1,163'
Summit Elevation: 4,050'
Vertical Gain: 3,107'
Destination: Spaulding Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:49
Trailhead Elevation: 4,050'
Summit Elevation: 4,010'
Distance: 3.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,060'
Destination: Sugarloaf Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:41
Trailhead Elevation: 4,010'
Summit Elevation: 4,250'
Distance: 2.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 585'
Hike Time Elapsed: 8:38
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,927'


The Appalachian Trail crossing on Caribou Valley Road
The Appalachian Trail crossing on Caribou Valley Road

The remains of the recently burned Fire Warden's cabin
The remains of the recently burned Fire Warden's cabin

Spaulding and Sugarloaf as seen from Mt. Abraham - Click to enlarge
Spaulding and Sugarloaf as seen from Mt. Abraham

The Mt. Abraham Side Trail on the way to Spaulding Mountain
The Mt. Abraham Side Trail on the way to Spaulding Mountain

The Saddlebacks as seen from Spaulding Mountain - Click to enlarge
The Saddlebacks as seen from Spaulding Mountain

The Sugarloaf Side Trail on the way to Sugarloaf Mountain
The Sugarloaf Side Trail on the way to Sugarloaf Mountain

Burnt Hill as seen from Sugarloaf Mountain - Click to enlarge
Burnt Hill as seen from Sugarloaf Mountain

Topographic map of Mt. Abraham, Spaulding Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: To get to Sugarloaf ski area, take Route 16 to Carrabassett Valley, then follow the signs to the Sugarloaf access road and base area. To get to the Fire Warden's Trail, take Route 16 South toward Kingfield. Take a right onto West Kingfield Road. Continue on this road, going straight through junctions. It will soon become Rapid Stream Road, which is dirt. A few miles up the road, there will be a four way intersection. Take a left, cross two wood bridges (in early summer 2011, one of these bridges was heavily damaged, resulting in unsafe vehicular passage), then bear right at the next junction. Continue up this road, which will soon come to a crossroad, with the The Firewarden's Trail trailhead directly ahead.

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