Appalachian Trail: Little Bigelow is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Forks, Maine that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Five-star quality for three-star effort. Spectacular and rewarding 6-mile out-and-back fall hike starting at the trailhead on East Flagstaff Rd. It's moderate-easy exertion with a stream and views along the way, about 4 hours roundtrip for us with breaks, lunch, and side trip to Flagstaff shore.
Parked in a gravel pullout on the right side of East Flagstaff Rd, shortly after where Bog Brook Rd branches off Long Falls Dam Rd. Side trails from parking area take you to toilets, campsite, and Flagstaff shore.
AT sign marks the Little Bigelow/Avery Peak trailhead on left just beyond the parking area. Full trail sign with distances to peaks is just up the trail.
Trail is easy going through mixed hardwoods and follows a fine stream for the first third or so. At 1.3 miles or so there's a quick side trip to the AT lean-to and swimming hole called The Tubs.
From the lean-to/Tubs junction, the trail climbs moderately with some open ledges and views to Flagstaff and mountains beyond. Spectacular views from the top ledges: the Bigelow Range peaks, Flagstaff, Sugarloaf, Katahdin and distant peaks. Descent is fast and easy.
In short, Little Bigelow from East Flagstaff Rd. trailhead offers lots of bang for a modest amount of time and effort.
I only did the Little Bigelow trail to "peak" and back. Sign at bottom says 3 miles to summit, however no markers whatsoever at the top. I went out 3.6 miles and saw some great views from a few rocks but no peak. I had a map, an app and asked hikers coming from other direction to confirm. Nice trail though. Check out The Tubs.