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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: May 22, 2017

8 Maine hikes hidden in plain sight

Written by: Carey Kish

Traveling north on Route 302 into Fryeburg, you’d never know that, concealed by thick woods just beyond the Jockey Cap Country Store, there’s a massive granite dome rising 200 feet into the sky, its summit offering outstanding panoramic views for just a small amount of hiking time and physical effort. Jockey Cap is just one of countless Maine hikes that are hidden in plain sight — right there in front of your eyes, if only you knew where to look.

Here’s a look at a handful of not so obvious, but easily accessible hikes with the detective work done for you. These fun, scenic walks range between a quarter-mile and five miles in length and are easy to moderate in difficulty. All are sure to surprise and delight every hiker.





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