Summer Nova

Backpacking and Hiking Trips

Explore the wild places of Maine by foot carrying everything you need in your pack.

On each trip you will:

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  • Hike Maine’s scenic trails and camp at remote campsites
  • Explore the natural surroundings that support a diverse population of  wildlife including loons, bald eagles, coyote, beaver, otter and moose
  • Learn skills such as stove use, cooking, management of the trail, topographical map reading, GPS navigation/compass, first aid, leadership, local ecology, and other various outdoor skills
  • Learn and practice Leave No Trace principles
  • Give back to the location by providing a service such as building bridges, maintaining trails, clearing campsites, building lean-tos and much more

Appalachian Trail South BoundAppalachian Trail South Bound: Backpacking

July 20 – 24 FULL

Prior Experience Required: Yes
Exertion Level: Difficult to Extreme - must be able to carry a 40lb pack over rough terrain.
The 100 Mile Wilderness is the northern most section of the Appalachian Trail (AT). This section is considered by many to be the most remote section of the entire AT. The trail wanders through public and private land and is characterized by the rugged terrain, pristine lakes and ponds, and amazing views. During this trip, participants will hike three to seven miles a day over rough terrain. 

Appalachian Trail North Bound Appalachian Trail North Bound: Backpacking

July 20 – 24 FULL

Prior Experience Required: Yes
Exertion Level: Difficult to Extreme - must be able to carry a 40lb pack over rough terrain.
This trip is very similar to the Appalachian Trail South Bound trip – the main difference being you will be traveling north bound on the trail.

Camden Hills Camden Hills: Backpacking

August 17 – 21

Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Moderate - must be able to carry a 40lb pack 
If you have never tried backpacking this trip is designed for you.  Spend the week at Camden Hills State Park enjoying the scenic vistas overlooking Penobscot Bay.  The backpacking trip starts at Spring Brook Ski Lodge where we will use the cabin as home base for two nights. Dive into day hikes and splashing in streams.  Travel with your backpack to Bald Rock Mountain camp on the summit.  Sleep under the stars with views of the bay.

Mount BlueMount Blue: Hiking

August 17 – 21 FULL

Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Moderate to Extreme day hikes.
Mount Blue State Park is a lakeside park surrounded by the gorgeous mountains of western Maine. This popular location is ideal for a wide variety of outdoor activities. Tumbledown Mountain, Coos Canyon and Mount Blue make for fantastic day hiking. Day excursions to area waterfalls and gorges, relaxing on the sandy beach and swimming in Webb Lake are among Unity College students’ favorite experiences. 

Bigelow PreserveBigelow Preserve: Backpacking

August 3 – 7 FULL

Prior Experience Required: Yes
Exertion Level: Difficult to Extreme - must be able to carry a 40lb pack over rough terrain.
The Appalachian Trail within the Bigelow Preserve serves as the setting for one of most awe-inspiring backpacking experiences Maine has to offer.  Hikers in this incredible range are rewarded with panoramic views, above tree line exploration, and a visit to pristine Horn’s Pond at an elevation of over 3000ft.