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Hiking the 100 Miles Wilderness

Maine is arguably the hardest part of the Appalachian Trail. It’s 267 miles of hard walking with root choked trails, relentless mountains, and potentially frightening water crossings when it rains, which is often.

The northernmost section of the Maine Appalachian Trail is called the 100 Mile Wilderness, and it’s about as remote as you can get in the Northeastern United States, with few resupply options. It’s recommended that hikers entering the Wilderness, especially those not hardened by 2000 miles of thru-hiking, bring 10 days of food with them to get from one end to the other, although hiking the 100 miles can take as little as 7 days if you have good weather.

Written 2011.

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  1. Very cool…now that is some remote wilderness, would you recommend wearing trail runners even for backpackers who carry heavier loads?

  2. I don't think it matters whether you wear a boot or a trail runner as long as whatever it is it can drain easily. Wearing a leather boot and fording streams with it should be avoided for much the same reason you don't wear mountaineering boots on 3 season conditions. They're too heavy.

  3. This was great. Maybe, someday…..It looks a lot harder than I had envisioned though. You'd need to be in good shape.

  4. It's not an easy hike and carrying the extra food is tough. I think hiking south is probably a little easier than north, because you can do Katahdin and BSP, resupply, and then do the Wilderness, cutting down on the food you need to carry. The northern third of the hike is quite easy, but it gives you a chance to warm up before White cap and the mountains.

  5. Earlylite, can you please email with more details about how to follow Reel Brook Trail up to the AT so we can break Kinsman Notch to Franconia Notch into doable AT hikes? Thank you so much. [email protected]

  6. Just follow the signs from the parking lot – it's well marked. Also, and I'm not being flip, get yourself a map of the white mountains. You can see all the details you need on the map. Reel brook is one of the oldest trails in the white mountains and it is very well documented. .

  7. 100mile is doable in a week right? I kinda fancy doing the 100 mile wilderness. The name draws me in and the photos just urge me on. I got do it sometime.

  8. You could do it in a week if you were really in top condition. Because it's so remote, people also usually tack on a climb of Mt Katahdin, making it 115 miles – so I'd figure 8 days if the weather cooperated. It is a world class destination though – you're right about that.

  9. Martin – If you were to come to the states and do the 100 mile wilderness, I'd put you up and hike it with you.

  10. I will email you Philip.

  11. I did the 100 Miles last summer, inspired by reading this blog! I’m 38 and in decent but not top shape and I like to hike fast, but i didn’t have a good feel for my pace until I had spent a few days on the trail. I ended up completing it in 5 days. I brought enough food for 8 days but wound up giving some away as it became clear that it wasn’t going to take that long. I did learn a lot about my style of hiking, things I didn’t need, and changes I could make to have a better time. Lighter, better drying shoes are the big change along with a new GG MP+. It’s a spectacular region with some of the most beautiful and unspoiled views you will ever see. I’ve got 125 miles left to do in Maine this summer and I’m considering banging it out in one trip, 6 days?!

    • Awesome – I was just talking to Andrew Skurka this afternoon about doing the 100 mile wilderness with a friend this summer. Plus I’ll be finishing my last 75 miles in the state on another section. Maybe I’ll run into you – Stratton to Grafton Notch.

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