With accessibility and amenities, ski resorts are terrific options for family-friendly hikes during the warmer months.
Sugarloaf is one of four 4,000 foot peaks in the Carrabassett Valley region, and with plenty of gentle trails through the foothills, there’s something for every hiker. The Outpost Adventure Center is Sugarloaf’s hub of summer fun. Diversions are plentiful — scenic chairlift rides, zipline adventures, Segway tours, disc golf and boat rentals — but the Outpost staff also can provide insight and information on specific hiking routes.
When the snow melts away from Sunday River’s eight peaks, there are myriad hiking trails up and around the mountains. Sunday River doesn’t mind you hiking on the ski trails. There are several easy to moderate routes that bring you up to the ridgeline with sweeping views of the White Mountains over in New Hampshire and the rest of the Mahoosuc Range to the west and east.
For a short fairly steep hike, head right up Lollapalooza — a green circle in the winter but a hike that will get your heart pounding in the summer. The Three Mile/Jungle Road hike will take you up and over Barker, Locke and White Cap peaks. You’ll have to hike a bit to even get there, as it starts at the North Peak Lodge up on the mountain.