I realized the other day that I haven’t been hiking yet this spring, so I got off to a start with my fellow PCT and AT through-hiker Tom Jamrog at the Camden Hills State Park. The Camden Hills are a fine place for day-hikers in mid-coast Maine. with over thirty miles of hiking trails and a lot of great views of the coast and inland hills. You won’t find overnight backpacking hotspots there, but for a short day and some fine views you can’t go wrong.
The three major peaks of the park– Megunticook, Battie, and Bald Rock– are ridiculously short by most mountain standards. Megunticook, the highest on the Maine coast outside of Acadia National Park, is a mere 1385 feet in height. But the trailheads mostly start at around 100 feet, and the trails have a similar grade to what you’d find in the taller mountains further inland.
It’s still early in the season, so it was still quite chilly on the ledges throughout the park. A gusty wind and some dark clouds kept the temperature down in the forties, which is just cold enough to make your fingers stop working and to make you not want to stop for a break.
Despite spending a lot of time biking on the roads for the past few weeks, my legs were still pretty sore at the end of the day. I guess the biking muscles don’t translate directly to the hiking muscles. Looks like I’ll be getting back into the hiking season the way I always have– by hiking.