Where in Maine?

Where in Maine?

Can you name this iconic peak?

Photographed by Charlie Widdis

Although this mountain was named and renamed as the English and the French displaced the region’s Native Americans, it’s now called after a megalomaniacal French explorer, trader, and trapper who once had big plans to develop a feudal state on the island surrounding it. He abandoned his scheme after deciding that the upper Midwest was a better spot to stake his claim (and something even more well-known got named after him there). Covered in forests of spruce and pitch pine, the mountain is also robed in small, subalpine plants like cinquefoil, and hikers will encounter stubby, gnarled trees growing alongside some of the best wild blueberries in Maine. At one time, visitors could ascend this pink-granite mountain leisurely and in style, aboard an elegant cog train to the summit, where they took in the stunning views and slept overnight in a lavish hotel that has long since burned to the ground. The mountaintop is relatively flat, its peaks having been sheared off by huge continental glaciers, so those who make the trek are rewarded on clear days with panoramic views spanning up to 100 miles — they might spy Canada and another of the Pine Tree State’s most recognizable mountains rising in the distance.

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