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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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Maineiac Outdoors with Carey Kish
Posted: April 26, 2014

Ten miles of hiking fun on the Forest City Trail

I first heard of the Forest City Trail three years ago when it was completed for the 20th anniversary of Portland Trails. And while I’d walked along many parts of its 10-mile route, it took until just a couple weeks ago to make the entire “through-hike” from one end to the other across the city in one push.

I wrote about that experience in last week’s Maine Sunday Telegram Outdoors section: “A tour of nature in the heart of the city.”

Check it out, then make plans for your own big walk through Portland. The Forest City Trail is a great way to see the city’s many wild places and green spaces and get a really good feel for what makes Portland such a great place to live and play.

Meantime, here are a few images from the Forest City Trail to whet your appetite. Enjoy!

The Forest City Trail extends for 10 continuous miles across the City of Portland. Carey Kish photo.

On the FCT along the winding Stroudwater River. Carey Kish photo.

Hiking through Stroudwater, one of several urban neighborhoods along the FCT. Carey Kish photo.

The FCT runs along the historic Cumberland & Oxford Canal in the Fore River Sanctuary. Carey Kish photo.

Crossing the salt marshes of the Fore River Sanctuary. Carey Kish photo.

Jewell Falls, Fore River Sanctuary. Carey Kish photo.

The duck ponds in Evergreen Cemetery. Carey Kish photo.

In the Presumpscot River Preserve. Carey Kish photo.

Presumpscot River Falls marks the northern end of the Forest City Trail. Carey Kish photo.

Getting back to the trailhead was easy!

Pack your rucksack and lace up your boots for a full day’s hiking adventure on the Forest City Trail! Carey Kish photo.


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