Maine’s Downeast Explorer

Maine’s Downeast Explorer


Challenge Level: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Pickaxe & Shovel
Trip Highlights
  • Sea Kayak and Volunteer in Isle au Haut Bay
  • Explore Acadia National Park
  • Backpack Baxter State Park and summit Mount Katahdin
  • Celebrate in Portland
Maine’s Downeast Explorer Route Image
Trip Details
  • Trip Start: Freeport, ME, USA
  • Trip End: Freeport, ME, USA
  • Age Range: 13 - 15
  • Trip Dates: 7/01-7/13, 7/17-7/29, 8/02-8/14
  • Tuition: $2995
    (airfare not included)

By land and by sea, this summer backpacking trip and kayaking adventure is “The Best of Maine.”  On this goal-oriented trip, you’ll sea kayak spectacular Isle au Haut Bay, help clean up coastal habitats, hike world-famous Acadia National Park, and summit Mount Katahdin, Maine’s tallest peak. Vacationers travel great distances to do just one of these amazing activities – you’ll do them all. What’s more? You’ll return home with incredible new friendships, stories to share and memories to last a lifetime.

Sea Kayaking and Community Service in Isle au Haut Bay

We’ll meet in Freeport, Maine and transfer by van to Camden where we’ll get to know each other as we hike the hills of this picturesque seaside town. Heading farther “downeast” to the rocky shores of Stonington, we’ll shove off in sea kayaks and paddle for three days among the beautiful islands of Isle au Haut Bay. In coordination with the Maine Island Trail Association, we’ll clean up marine debris from the surrounding islands and help maintain the Bay’s pristine beauty. At night we’ll camp on quiet islands, eat together under windswept pines, and wake up to the sound of seagulls, lapping waves and working lobster boats.

Hiking in Acadia National Park & Climbing Mount Katahdin

Sea-sprayed and accomplished, we’ll come off the water and head for Acadia National Park, where “the mountains meet the sea.” After two days of hiking Acadia’s friendly trails, we’ll be ready for the more rugged landscape of Baxter State Park. Our multi-day backpacking excursion will take us through silent forests, past ponds where moose gather, and up the rocky face of Mount Katahdin. The northernmost point of the Appalachian Trail, Katahdin’s summit will reward us with stunning views of Maine’s expansive wilderness. Our biggest challenge conquered, we’ll rest our legs as we drive back to Portland and then treat ourselves to a festive farewell dinner at a local restaurant.


This is a moderate trip with some challenging sections, but is well within the range of any reasonably fit and motivated participant.



To check trip availability, please call 207-725-7025, or email for more information.