Hundred-Mile Wilderness Trail, ME
Though it’s technically part of the Appalachian Trail, the hundred-miles at the very end deserve its own mention for being the hardest and most isolated section, within the AT’s largest swathe of unbroken wilderness (a sign at the start reminds hikers that there’s nowhere to re-supply until the end of the line). The first 35 miles (going south to north) are extremely mountainous, a gruelling roller coaster with a lot of elevation gained and lost. But the last 65 miles are relatively flat and mercifully gorgeous, full of lakes, streams, waterfalls, and moose. Be sure to arrange a pick-up, as the trail ends unceremoniously in the middle of nowhere, on a dirt road where logging trucks will blow right past you.
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