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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: April 12, 2016

10 Maine mountains with fabulous views without the big climbing effort

Written by: Carey Kish

Spring signals “road trip” for a lot of Maine hikers. Time to gas up the car, pack a trail lunch, grab the guidebook and the venerable DeLorme atlas, and head for the mountains.

Hikers hoping to bag a few summits don’t have to climb to 4,000 feet and above to enjoy great mountain views. Here are 10 hikes of 5 miles or less scattered across Maine that are very achievable for hikers with a reasonable level of fitness.






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