Abol Trail is a 11 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Millinocket, Maine that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until September.
Directions from Millinocket, ME: Travel approximately 15 miles north on SR 11 to reach the Togue Pond Gate. Bear left and travel about 6 miles to the Abol Campground. Trail begins from the campground.
This trail allowed for some variation for each hiker as most bouldering oportunities had a few different approaches. Overall very fun.
Abol is one of my favorite trails to ascend Mt Katahdin. It is one of the shortest (if not the shortest) trail to the top. There is a lot of bouldering and it is a fairly steep climb at the top.
Great hike with wonderful views. I did this hike on 10/10/10; the weather was perfect, but very cold at the peak. Be prepared.
This was such a great trail. It was a rainy day, but we made it to the top. The way down was easier because it dried out. I recommend gloves, it provides a good grip. Do this hike, it was awesome.
My wife, brother in-law and I hiked this trail on September 11th 2011. We climbed Abol and returned down the Hunt trail, got a very late start 9:30am hit a bad storm on the summit of Baxter peak and returned down the Hunt trail in the dark. These are very demanding and strenuous trails. This was my wife's very first serious hike (mountain climb) and she did awesome. This Mountain (Mt. Katahdin) is not for the weak minded or faint at heart hiker there are many very tough spots to climb with some slides but the views are totally worth every step..
Great hike. Hit the Summit in 2 hours, weather was sunny and warm on the hike up until we got up top - high winds and low level clouds made visibility extremely low. No views from the summit unfortunately but sometimes the hike itself is what it's all about! Went up and down Abol Trail. Make sure you reserve a parking spot at any trail head parking lot - almost impossible to just show up and get parking.
The abol trail up & hunt trail down 11 miles of "tough love". The most dificult & most beautiful trail system i have EVER been on in the world.