4,250 ft / 1,295 m


3,180 ft / 969 m


56 summits

Top climbing months

September  32%

July   22%

June   8%

Most climbed route

Appalachian Trail


  • Sugarloaf Mountain is the 2nd highest mountain in Maine after Mount Katahdin.
  • Flanked to the south by fellow New England 4000 footer Spaulding Mountain.
  • The Appalachian Trail passes about a mile to the west of the summit, and the summit is reached by a 0.6 mile side trail. This side trail and a trail down the east side of Sugarloaf was originally part of the AT, but the AT has been relocated down the north side of the mountain to the west of the ski slopes.
  • Sugarloaf USA, a major ski resort, is located on the north side of the mountain.
"A long day of peak-bagging along the east side of Caribou Valley. Hit Sugarloaf first, then Spaulding then down over and up to Abraham. Finished up with a bushwhack to the old logging road by the pond and then a road march in the dark back to the car, 18+ miles in beautiful pre-fall weather." - JASTA11, Sep 23, 2018
"1.5 day trip to work on NE 67. Day one: Old Spec in the morning Saddleback and the Horn in the afternoon Day two: Sugarloaf and Spaulding in the morning. Saw lots of AT Hikers, got real sweaty, roughed it on some really great maine mountain trails and slept in my car falling asleep with the Milky Way above. What a trip!" - shay-shay, Sep 22, 2017
"I hiked in from Caribou Valley Road (which is not gated .5 miles from where the AT crosses the road adding 1 easy mile to any round trip) and carried in 20 beers to leave by the AT crossing for NoBo thru hikers that I knew would be coming by that way during the day. My plan was to snag to more 4000 footers and also meet Kim by Spaulding Mountain and hike some miles on the AT with her. I headed in at a good pace and made it up to Sugarloaf faster than I had anticipated. I made it to the Spaulding junction on the AT just as two NoBo hikers I knew (Fireball and AT) were taking their morning break" - LGH-Tom, Sep 13, 2016
"What a great day for a hike, (other than the heat and humidity). Oh who am I kidding it was still a great day for a hike. We started out on the Caribou Pond Road, hit the AT and crossed the stream. This year the plank was in place and the water was low. So far so good. The sky was overcast. We hiked over to Spaulding and returned to do the peak of Sugarloaf. So it was another two'fer again this week. There wasn't much of a view from Spaulding and it was just a little bit better when we hit the top of the 'loaf. We met a lot of south bounders. including Sticks, Manley Tranasaurous, Wallaby, Bri" - bwright, Jun 23, 2013
"Huge storm on way down from summit. Lightning and complete downpour started while at top of Superquad. Sprinted down Tote Road and made it to base in 15 minutes from Superquad." - wskendal, Sep 4, 2011



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