Photos of Mount Redington, Maine
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The southeast side of Redington drains into the South Branch of the Carrabassett River, then into the Kennebec River, and into the Gulf of Maine. The northwest side of Redington drains into Nash Stream, then into the South Branch of the Dead River, Flagstaff Lake, the Dead River and the Kennebec.
The Appalachian Trail (AT), a 2,170 mi (3,490 km) National Scenic Trail from Georgia to Maine, is routed around Mt. Redington, to instead pass near the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain (4,250 feet or 1,300 metres) — the second highest peak in the state of Maine. The AT runs from Saddleback Junior to the southwest, over Spaulding Mountain and Sugarloaf to the east, and passes about a mile northeast of Redington, at the summit of South Crocker.
Mount Redington and Owl's Head in New Hampshire are the only New England four-thousand footers without a maintained trail to the summit.
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Bigelow is considered the second best hike in Maine after Katahdin, because of its size, challenge and beauty. The reasons can be read as a list of hiking buckets: emerald ridges, deep passes (low point between two peaks) and long two-day climbs (bring the tent). It takes 16.3 miles to climb and cross Bigelow, but if you just want to reach Avery Peak (4,088 feet), the trek is shorter - if not less difficult - 7.8 miles. Many people camp at Avery, which has tent platforms, to better enjoy the amazing views from the top of Lake Flagstaff and the mountains of western Maine.
The best family hikes in Maine are those with swimming holes where you can play. If you agree, head to Blueberry Ledges in Baxter State Park for a long hike with a waterfall in Maine. Here, Katahdin Creek flows over granitic rocks to create natural water slides. Blueberry Ledges is one of the favourite places for people staying at Abol Bridge Campground and exploring Baxter National Park. Well named because of the wild blueberries growing along the trail, this trail is an excellent trail to follow from early to mid-August for the blueberry season. If you will be there with your family at this time of day, I recommend that you get a copy of the book Blueberries for Sal that you can read to your children to extend your trip in a fun way.