If you love to bag peaks, you’re going to be thrilled when you visit Maine’s Lakes and Mountains. Boasting the state’s highest concentration of mountain peaks over 4,000 feet, baggers come here to summit as many as possible.

But what is a Peakbagger? According to Greg at a Peakbagger is a mountain climber whose principal goal is the attainment of a summit, or a specific set of summits.

For many hikers, few things are more rewarding than standing atop a mountain after a challenging trek and reveling in the reward of a stellar view. In Maine’s Lakes and Mountains region, peak baggers will find an abundance of peaks to challenge their stamina and reward their souls. Just be aware that climbing mountains in western Maine can be a risky pursuit thanks to fast-changing conditions and frequent storms. Always summit early, carry appropriate gear, and turn back if conditions get dicey.

Whether you’re looking for an easier summit to check off your list or a challenging, grueling climb, you’re sure to find it in one of the favorite high-peak hikes in western Maine highlighted here.

Sugarloaf Mountain viewed from afar.

Sugarloaf Mountain

Elevation: 4,240 feet  Distance: 6.4 miles round trip

Most peak baggers in Maine have Sugarloaf Mountain on their bucket list. While Sugarloaf is best known for its skiing, it’s a perfect summer summit after snow melts and accessible via the famed Appalachian Trail. Take Caribou Pond Road (AKA Caribou Valley Road) to reach its junction with the Appalachian Trail. (Take note, the conditions of Caribou Pond Road can vary significantly due to lack of maintenance and weather.)

On the AT, you’ll cross the Carrabassett River and then begin the real work with a 0.75-mile, 800-foot climb on a rocky ledge outcropping. Once you’re beyond this section, you’re exposed to the elements (bring a rain jacket) and are treated to views of the Carrabassett Valley. Continue on the AT to hike the final half-mile through a rugged, rocky forest. After 2,229 feet of elevation gain, enjoy surrounding mountain views from the top before returning the way you came.

Crocker Mountain and South Crocker Mountain

Elevation: Crocker 4,228 feet, South Crocker 4,050 feet  Distance: 5.2 miles round-trip

Check Maine’s third and fourth highest peaks off your list at Crocker Mountain in the Carrabassett Valley near Stratton. The only trail to the summit here is the Appalachian Trail, which can be accessed via the easier Caribou Pond Road (aka Caribou Valley Road) approach or Maine State Route 27.

Beginning at Caribou Pond Road, you’ll find the trip up South Crocker is relatively easy, compared to the ascent up other 4,000-foot peaks in Maine. The trail climbs 2,800 feet over 5.2 miles and offers a gradual incline that’s very doable. For a bonus peak, take a one-mile connector trail to Crocker Mountain, and then retrace your steps to return to your vehicle.

Crocker Mountain
Saddleback Mountain

Elevation: 4,116 feet  Distance: 4 miles round trip

This 4,116-foot peak is a fun summit with views of Rangeley Lakes, Saddleback Lake, and Winship and Conant Streams on a clear day. In summer, most take the Grey Ghost Trail from the base of Saddleback Mountain to bag this peak. Follow the line of a green chairlift up before connecting to the AT for an easy amble to the wide-open summit and panoramic views of the lakes below.

Mount Abraham

Elevation: 4,049 feet  Distance: 8 miles round trip

Playing host to the second largest alpine zone in Maine (after the granddaddy of Mount Katahdin), the bald summit of Mount Abraham is easy to spot on a clear day from the base and is found near the town of Kingfield. To hike it, follow the challenging Mount Abraham Trail (also known as the Fire Warden’s Trail) for four miles to the summit.

Expect a gradual climb for the first two miles through the forest to the site of an old, burned-down ranger cabin. You’ll then face a steeper trek for the final two miles. Lush forest, river crossings, and rocky trails continue before opening to vistas of neighboring peaks. Follow the rock cairns to stay on-trail for the final scramble to the summit where an old fire tower and windy conditions mark the spot. If you pay close attention, you’ll also see a neat stone shelter built right into the talus.

Mount Abraham

Adventure Respectfully

Our lakes, mountains, and forests are worthy of respect. Whether you’re venturing out into our vast public or private lands or parks, here’s what you can do to conserve the area’s natural resources for all.

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Take Care of the Land

Tread lightly and leave no trace. Keep this place as pristine as you found it.

Where ya headed?

Check if you’ll be on public or private land and if there are any restrictions or fees. Always research your destination ahead of time.

Stick to established trails & roads.

Whether hiking, biking, angling, or ATVing, always stay on a designated trail.


To protect the forest, only build fires in approved sites, don’t leave them unattended, and extinguish them thoroughly.

Avoid spreading invasive species.

Don’t transport firewood, brush your boots, and wash and dry your boat before heading to your next adventure.

Avoid peak hours

Plan around peak hours midday to avoid crowds. Have a Plan B in case the parking lot is already full.

No litterbugs allowed

If you pack it in, pack it out, including food waste like apple cores. Bring bags for pet waste.

When nature calls

If you have to go, pick a spot at least 100′ off the trail or away from a body of water, and bury your poop 6″ deep.

Ways to Adventure

Plan Your Trip

Maine’s Lakes and Mountains offers a variety of resources to help you plan your next visit, including an annual visitor’s guide, stand alone map, and the new Adventure Guide App.

Visitor's Guide

Our Free Visitor's Guide will help inspire your next adventure along our mountain trails, lakes, scenic byways, bustling towns and more.

Map of the Region

Companion to the Visitor Guide, our dual-sided planning map will help you find your way to adventure in every season throughout the region.

Adventure Guide App

The App will point the way to all kinds of adventures, experiences and destinations in Maine’s Lakes and Mountains with GPS location maps and alerts.

Maine's Lakes and Mountains by the numbers

4,000+ footers
Mountain Peaks
Lakes and Ponds
+Towns and Villages
Square Miles of Adventure
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