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Carey Kish

Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island has been adventuring in the woods and mountains of Maine for, well, a long time. If there’s a trail—be it on dirt, rock, snow, water or pavement—he will find it, explore it, and write about it. Carey is a two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, Registered Maine Guide, author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (10th ed.), and has written a hiking & camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2003. Follow his outdoor travels and musings here, and on Facebook/CareyKish. Let Carey know what you think at MaineOutdoors@aol.com.

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Maineiac Outdoors with Carey Kish
Posted: March 17, 2015

Hiking: Brand new guidebook a path to discovery along the Maine coast

This hiker is pleased to introduce “AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast,” a brand new guide to 50 great locations for trail walking from Kittery to Eastport and so many places in-between. I finally completed writing the book late last year and just recently it came out in print and is now available at outdoor retail shops, bookstores and online. I hope you’ll like it!

AMC BDH Maine Coast book cover

The ink was barely dry on the 10th edition of the AMC’s Maine Mountain Guide in the spring of 2012, a project I had worked on for the better part of the prior year, compiling and editing and expanding as well as hiking miles of trails statewide, when the idea to write a guide to hikes along the Maine coast bubbled to the surface of my mind.

I pitched the idea to the good folks at the AMC and received an enthusiastic response. Buoyed with that support and encouragement, I outlined the prospective hikes that would fill the pages and by early fall was contracted to produce the work.

Monhegan Island. Carey Kish photo.

Monhegan Island. Carey Kish photo.

In many respects I have been writing this book on Maine coast hikes for a long time, having explored the parks and preserves and miles of trails of this vast expanse of scenic terrain along the Gulf of Maine for four decades, and written about much of it professionally for the last dozen of those years.

There is a quality and allure to the Maine coast—those mossy green winding paths amid the salty air and spruce forests, the pink granite cliffs and ledges, the towering white pines, peaceful salt marshes, and the pounding waves of the seemingly boundless Atlantic Ocean—that draws me there again and again, ever in search of new and different vistas while always happy to revisit the many places that are like old friends.

Georges Highland Path on Ragged Mountain. Carey Kish photo.

Georges Highland Path on Ragged Mountain. Carey Kish photo.

It was the natural beauty of the coast and its potential degradation and loss of access that sparked Maine’s incredible conservation movement that has in just 30 years or so protected from development a wealth of lands and islands, coastline and rivers, preserving them in perpetuity while building an ever expanding network of foot trails and water trails by which to experience these spectacular gems.

Welcome then to the Maine coast, a special corner of the world that is as a much my home and comfort as anywhere possibly could be. Stash some gear in your rucksack, lace up those boots and join me outdoors for some adventurous hiking. What you’ll see and experience—from the Piscataqua River to Penobscot Bay to West Quoddy Head—I promise will please and very likely amaze you and your trail companions.

On the Machias River Heritage Trail in Downeast Maine. Carey Kish photo.

On the Machias River Heritage Trail in Downeast Maine. Carey Kish photo.

Buy my book: AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast.

Happy hiking! And do let me know how you enjoyed your adventures…

Speaking of, I’m off for a celebration of sorts, a 2,200-mile thru-hike hike of the whole Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia to our own Katahdin in the wilds of Baxter State Park. I’ll be blogging about the trek here at Maineiac Outdoors, so please do check in to see how the big walk is progressing.

Tunk Mountain in autumn splendor. Carey Kish photo.

Tunk Mountain in autumn splendor. Carey Kish photo.

Rugged oceanfront at La Verna Preserve in Bristol. Carey Kish photo.

Rugged oceanfront at La Verna Preserve in Bristol. Carey Kish photo.

 

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