is a mountain
located in Franklin County
. It is the second highest mountain in the state, after Mount Katahdin
. Sugarloaf is flanked to the south by Spaulding Mountain
The northeast and west sides of Sugarloaf drain into the South Branch
of the Carrabassett River
, which flows into the Kennebec River
, and into the Gulf of Maine
.The southeast side of Sugarloaf drains into Rapid Stream, thence into the West Branch
of the Carrabassett River.
The Appalachian Trail
(AT), a 2,170-mile (3,500 km) National Scenic Trail
to Maine, passes within a mile of the summit, skirting the peak to the west, and the summit is reached by a 0.6 mile (1 km) side trail. This side trail, and a trail down the east side of Sugarloaf, was originally part of the AT, which has been relocated down the north side of the mountain to the west of the ski slopes. Sugarloaf
, a major ski resort
is located on the north side of the mountain.
<gallery>Image:Sugarloaf ski resort Maine.JPG|Sugarloaf Mountain ski runsImage:Redington and The Crockers from Sugarloaf.jpg|View from Sugarloaf summitImage:Sugarloaf Mountain seen from Maine State Route 27.JPG|Sugarloaf Mountain seen from Routes 16