The Maine Appalachian Trail Club and Friends Celebrate the Appalachian Trail 75th Anniversary – Hikers Add Their Names to A.T. History

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On August 18, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will gather in Carrabassett Valley, Maine to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). The day begins with group hikes to a plaque on Sugarloaf Mountain that marks the location of the completion of the A.T. Hikers are invited to sign a special 75th Anniversary register and add their name to A.T. history.

A hiker takes in the view of Horn Pond from Maine's section of the Appalachian Trail.

A hiker takes in the view of Horn Pond from Maine's section of the Appalachian Trail.

In Maine, hikers will visit a plaque on Sugarloaf Mountain that marks the location of the completion of the A.T. They can sign a special 75th Anniversary register and add their name to A.T. history.

About the Completion of the Appalachian Trail

The original A.T. took more than 15 years to build and the last two-mile stretch was completed by a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crew on August 14, 1937. The last section of trail was completed in Maine and within the town of Carrabassett Valley on the backside of Sugarloaf Mountain. A historic plaque is located on a section of trail that is difficult to access. With the arrangement of a shuttle bus and the Sugarloaf Superquad chairlift, hikers can reach this remote section with a moderate 8 or 4-mile hike to sign the special 75th Anniversary register.

About the Appalachian Trail

An estimated 2 to 3 million people visit the A.T. every year. Hikers from across the globe are drawn to the Trail for a variety of reasons: to reconnect with nature, to escape the stress of city life, to meet new people, strengthen old friendships or to experience a simpler life. About 2,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the estimated 2,180 miles of the Trail each year, with only one out of four completing the entire journey. Many of these thru-hikers will be passing through Maine in August.

About the 75th Appalachian Trail Anniversary Celebration in Maine

Multiple hikes will be offered, at varying levels of difficulty on Saturday, August 18th:

  • An 8-mile, all-day hike from Lone Mountain to the top of Sugarloaf will transit the entire last two miles of completed A.T. and pass by the plaque. Hikers will depart at 7:45am on a bus.
  • A moderate, 4-mile afternoon hike to the plaque where hikers are assisted by a chairlift at Sugarloaf Mountain Resort ski area.
  • Short walks or observation from the mountaintop chairlift.

The day will conclude with a ceremony featuring guest speakers including Mark Wegner, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Executive Director. A social gathering at the Rack BBQ, a local restaurant features music, food, trail displays and raffles to benefit the Crocker Mountain Conservation Project.

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club, Town of Carrabassett Valley and the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust organized the 75th Anniversary events in Maine. Event information and registration is available at http://www.matc.org or by email, mainetrails(at)comcast(dot)net.

About the Organizers

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club manages and maintains the 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. Founded in 1935, MATC is an all-volunteer, donor-supported nonprofit that welcomes new members and inspires respect for this natural treasure. Visit MATC at matc.org or on Facebook.

The Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust is committed to protecting the traditional, ecological and recreational values of wilderness, wildlife and undisturbed scenic beauty that is most often associated with the Appalachian Trail in Maine. The protection of 11,798 acres of Crocker Mountain is MATLT’s newest conservation project. Visit MATLT’s at matlt.org.

The Town of Carrabassett Valley is a Four Season recreation-based community located in the heart of the western mountains of Maine. The town, located two hours northwest of Portland and two hours west of Bangor, Maine, is home to the Sugarloaf Maine Ski Resort. Information located at carrabassettvalley.org

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