1-minute hike: Mount Megunticook, Camden, ME

Difficulty: Moderate. A steady, gradual climb to the summit. If using the Megunticook footpath up and down, the hike is about 3.5 miles total.
How to get there: From Camden Center, go north on Route 1 approximately 1 mile. Camden Hills State Park is on the left side. Park in the large parking area and walk past the gate, straight down the road until you reach the sign for the Megunticook footpath on the left. A map at the far end of the parking area can also help you locate the nearby trailhead.
Information: Mount Megunticook, with an elevation of 1,385 feet, is the second tallest coastal mountain along the Atlantic and is the tallest peak in Camden Hills State Park. Most of the mountain is covered with trees (including the summit), but two rock-ledge look-outs, Maiden Cliff and Ocean Lookout, provide expansive views over two bodies of water.
Personal Note: I slipped a few times during this hike because of icy spots. To avoid falling on your butt, I suggest wearing ice cleats in the winter if not wearing snowshoes.

Photo by Aislinn Sarnacki. A snowy tree at the Ocean Lookout, a ledge on Mount Megunticook in Camden Hills State Park, is surrounded by clouds on Dec. 23, 2011.

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Aislinn is a Bangor Daily News reporter for the Outdoors pages, focusing on outdoor recreation and Maine wildlife. Visit her main blog at actoutwithaislinn.bangordailynews.com.