Appalachian Trail 75th Anniversary Celebration - Hikers Can Add Their Name to Appalachian Trail History

Date Published: Jul 11, 2012

Augusta, Maine (July 11, 2012) – On August 18, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will gather in Carrabassett Valley, Maine to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). The day begins with group hikes to a plaque on Sugarloaf Mountain that marks the location of the completion of the A.T. Hikers are invited to sign a special 75th Anniversary register and add their name to A.T. history.

About the 75th Anniversary Celebration in Maine
  • Multiple hikes will be offered, at varying levels of difficulty on Saturday, August 18th:
  • An 8-mile, all-day hike from Lone Mountain to the top of Sugarloaf will transit the entire last two miles of completed A.T. and pass by the plaque. Hikers will depart at 7:45am on a bus shuttle from the base of Sugarloaf Mountain and chairlift down the mountain in the afternoon.
  • A moderate, 4-mile afternoon hike to the plaque where hikers are assisted by a chairlift at Sugarloaf Mountain Resort ski area.
  • Short walks or observation from the mountaintop chairlift.
The day will conclude with a ceremony featuring guest speakers including Mark Wegner, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Executive Director/CEO. A social gathering at the Rack BBQ, a local restaurant, features music, food, trail displays and raffles to benefit the Crocker Mountain Conservation Project.

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club, Town of Carrabassett Valley and the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust organized the 75th Anniversary events in Maine. Event information and registration is available at www.matc.org or by email,[email protected].

“This year marks a milestone for the Appalachian Trail. Not only does this anniversary celebrate the completion of the Trail, it also celebrates the unique collaboration and determination of countless individuals, private organizations, and state and federal agencies in their efforts to complete this long-distance hiking trail from Maine to Georgia,” said Mark Wenger, Executive Director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

About the Completion of the Appalachian Trail
The original A.T. took more than 15 years to build and the last two-mile stretch was completed by a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crew on August 14, 1937. The last section of Trail was completed in Maine and within the town of Carrabassett Valley on the backside of Sugarloaf Mountain. The historic plaque is located on a section of Trail that is difficult to access. With the arrangement of a shuttle bus and the Sugarloaf Superquad chairlift, hikers can reach this remote section with a moderate 8 or 4-mile hike to sign the special 75th Anniversary register.

About the Appalachian Trail
An estimated 2 to 3 million people visit the A.T. every year. Hikers from across the globe are drawn to the Trail for a variety of reasons: to reconnect with nature, to escape the stress of city life, to meet new people, strengthen old friendships or to experience a simpler life. About 2,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the estimated 2,180 miles of the Trail each year, with only one out of four completing the entire journey.

About the Organizers
The Maine Appalachian Trail Club manages and maintains the 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. Founded in 1935, MATC is an all-volunteer, donor-supported nonprofit that welcomes new members and inspires respect for this natural treasure. Visit MATC at www.matc.org or on Facebook.

The Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust is committed to protecting the traditional, ecological and recreational values of wilderness, wildlife and undisturbed scenic beauty that is most often associated with the Appalachian Trail in Maine. The protection of 11,798 acres of Crocker Mountain is MATLT’s newest conservation project. Visit MATLT’s at www.matlt.org.

The Town of Carrabassett Valley is a Four Season recreation-based community located in the heart of the western mountains of Maine. The town, located two hours northwest of Portland and two hours west of Bangor, Maine, is home to the Sugarloaf Maine Ski Resort. Information located at www.carrabassettvalley.org.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information visit www.appalachiantrail.org

Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Fax: 304.535.2267
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.appalachiantrail.org

About the Maine Appalachian Trail Club
The Maine Appalachian Trail Club manages and maintains the 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. Founded in 1935, MATC is an all-volunteer, donor-supported nonprofit that welcomes new members and inspires respect for this natural treasure. Visit MATC at www.matc.org or on Facebook.

Contacts: Susan Tompkins
Maine Appalachian Trail Club
Tel: 207.712.1733
Email: [email protected]

Tony Barrett
Maine Appalachian Trail Club
Tel: 207.833.0939
Email: [email protected]




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  1. Larissa | Aug 11, 2012
    It's really hard to convnice myself to keep going when I think I know what to expect each day, said Emily. Yes, you have begun accruing the benefits of the AT already. However, the really valuable benefits will begin to accrue after(perhaps long after) you physically leave the AT.The long green tunnel will only be just beginning after climbing down Ktaadn. I certainly agree with you that knowing what to expect each day, and achieving that is pointless. But what was started by Darby Field, is that pointless?When I was 17 and standing on top of Ktaadn in 1978, I thought I knew what to expect from each day (and not just the trail days), and maybe 20 years ago or so, I happily realized I couldn't have been more wrong!

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