Can You Just Pitch a Tent On a Random Mountain in Maine and Camp?
I'm not really an adventurer of any sort.
I won't lie, I've been camping maybe twice in my entire life. The last time I went was over 20 years ago and I got spooked by a skunk while I was going to the bathroom in the dark. I turned around to bolt and stepped in an unpleasant mess barefoot. I decided after that I was hotel material all the way.
But some folks love to camp. Like, LOVE it. More power to you. Moreover, some people like to push the boundaries of those camping adventures whenever possible. They like to hike way out in the middle of nowhere and get as far away from other people as possible. But there are some limits as to what you can do, occasionally.
One Redditor wanted to know if they could just randomly camp on a mountain.
This person on Reddit seemed primed for time in the woods. Some folks refer to this as "wild camping". In Maine, it's kind of legal. At least that's probably the best way to prove it. For one thing, if you're on private property, that's one concern. However, it does appear to be ok within the White Mountain National Forest, as well as the Appalachian Trail. But it's important to know what you're getting into.
However, there are some things you need to know. The big one, is that you won't be able to have a fire unless it's a propane cookstove or something. Open fires in remote areas are debatable to say the least, and illegal at most. Imagine accidentally starting a huge forest fire in a remote area that no one could easily access. It would be devastating. If there's snow cover on the ground, the state seems more ok with it.
But generally speaking, the only real rule is that you can't stay more than two weeks out of six, without written permission from the state. But I'm not sure who'd stay in one remote location for that long, without eventually moving on. But hey... I'm never gonna stay out there anyway. It's all yours bub...