Around 9 miles of trails fan out from the village, through the “wild lands” and along the perimeter, scaling cliffs that are the highest in Maine. Some of the trails, marked on the Trail Map, are suitable for families with small children or people with limited time or physical prowess; others are considerably more challenging. Wheels of any sort are not allowed beyond the fire trails.
Monhegan trails are narrow, rugged, and rocky with wet areas, exposed tree roots, steep climbs, sheer drops, and dense growth. Use this map to plan your route according to your ability. Wear appropriate footwear, carry sufficient water, use insect repellent and hike with a friend. Further, the sea and surf add meaning to Monhegan’s “Wild Lands”, both in terms of beauty and danger. Please use utmost caution and always keep a bulwark between you and the sea.
There are no “comfort stations” or garbage disposals on the trails, so plan accordingly.
In the past few years some of the trails have been seriously eroded. We asked the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) for their recommendations to repair and restore the trails. Their suggestions are far more ambitious than we would want or be able to afford, but they provided a basis for a broad discussion of how we want to steward our trails.
The Lobster Cove Trail reconstruction project, funded by the Monhegan Associates and a grant from the Recreational Trails Program, was completed in 2010 by a crew from the Maine Conservation Corps and volunteers on the island. The Pebble Beach Trail was completed in the spring of 2016.
As of 2016, a seasoned crew of on-island workers have been trained to carry out trail restoration throughout the trail network.
During the summer months visitors and volunteer groups work to maintain trails under the leadership of MAI affiliates.
The Trails Policy provides guidelines for those who work to maintain trails.