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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

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Posted: August 29, 2018

6 hikes that head into the fire towers

Written by: Carey Kish

From 1905 until 1991, the Maine Forest Service used mountaintop towers for fire detection. The era of fire towers and fire warden trails offered marked and maintained routes not only for forest service staff, but for adventurous hikers as well, thereby opening many previously inaccessible remote peaks. Today, over five dozen fire towers remain standing in various states of repair, each offering its own unique piece of history and a pleasant and photogenic goal to achieve on a day’s outing on foot in the Maine woods. Autumn is a fine time for a fire tower hike – a chance to enjoy the cool weather, blue skies and sunny days amid the glorious kaleidoscope of foliage colors, as witnessed from a historic summit fire tower. Here are six classic Maine fire tower hikes with links for more info. All are also described in the new, 11th edition of the “AMC Maine Mountain Guide.” Check for up-to-date foliage conditions around Maine.







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