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    Mel B reviewed Katahdin Loop Trail

    20 days ago

    My brother and I did this hike back in August this year. The weather was great, not hot or cold, but it had rained the day before so it was a little muddy, and was very windy with strong gusts once we cleared the trees on Helon Taylor going up to Pamola Peak. Like others have mentioned, getting onto Knife Edge from Pamola was daunting to say the least. We both wore bouldering gloves which really helped when crossing Knife Edge. Be aware there is a scree when coming down from Baxter Peak to Saddle and can be slippery. We took Saddle down to Chimney Pond, which we hadn’t been aware is also another rock scramble in a dry wash - so be prepared. Eventually the dry wash turns into more of a trail. From there it’s an additional 3.5 miles to the trailhead. We made it back a few hours after dark, but had headlamps and trekking poles. What’s nice: there are painted blue trail guides so generally speaking the trail is easy to stick to.

    Definitely was physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting but the feeling of accomplishment can’t be beat! We had plenty of snacks and water and finished them all so make sure you bring plenty along. Our mistake was not stashing any food in the car to eat once back - there’s a “24/7” McDonald’s in Millinocket that we were hungry enough to eat, but was closed when we drove past and nothing else is open in that area after dark seems like, not even convenience stores.

    Anyway - gotta say that this was a pretty great hike but not sure I’d do it again, but that’s not to deter anyone who wants to give it a shot! For me, it was a bucket list item and it feels good knowing I did it.

    Mel B completed Chimney Pond Trail

    2 months ago

    Mel B completed Baxter Peak via Saddle Trail

    2 months ago

    Mel B completed Katahdin Loop Trail

    2 months ago

    Mel B completed Mt Katahdin

    2 months ago

    Mel B added Katahdin Loop Trail

    2 months ago

    Mel B saved Katahdin Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    Mel B reviewed Ashland Lakes Trail

    5 months ago

    It’s a pretty hike but I probably wouldn’t do this one again because of the road. We thought the previous reviews were exaggerating how bad it is. They aren’t. Parking wasn’t an issue for us on a Sunday morning.

    There’s a nice boardwalk throughout much of the trail, and the bugs weren’t too bad once we put some bug repellent on. Lots of blueberries and salmon berries to snack on along the way too!

    Mel B completed Ashland Lakes Trail

    5 months ago

    Mel B reviewed Tolmie Peak Trail

    5 months ago

    Beautiful views! I found it to be a moderate hike because there wasn’t much mileage. I do think there was more elevation gain than posted though. My watch stated we hiked 3700 ft, and I don’t know how exact these things are but I think it counted the elevation gain on the way back to the trailhead as well. No spikes needed for what’s left of the snow near the lake. The trail is somewhat exposed to the sun once you head up to the lookout from the lake. The bugs were biting quite a bit so definitely bring bug spray! We started the hike at 1245 and had no trouble finding a place to park. Dusty gravel road so be careful, visibility was awful when I drove behind someone else.

    Mel B completed Tolmie Peak Trail

    5 months ago

    Mel B reviewed Goat Lake Trail

    5 months ago

    Got there on a Sunday morning around 815 and there were plenty of parking spots available. We took upper Elliot both on the way up and down and got in 11 miles. No bear to be seen! It definitely warmed up by the time we got back to the cars, so bring plenty of water, or there’s plenty of sources for filtering water if need be.

    Mel B completed Goat Lake Trail

    5 months ago

    Mel B reviewed Packwood Lake Trail

    5 months ago

    Beautiful lake! It’s an easy hike, definitely not the elevation All Trails says. We packed in on a Sunday and from what we could tell were the only ones out there until Monday morning on our way out. The mosquitoes were the worst part of it - horrible in the trees near the lake, but not so bad near the lake. Seemed like we had to keep reapplying the bug spray in order to keep them away. Definitely recommend this hike for backpacking or for the day!

    Mel B completed Packwood Lake Trail

    5 months ago

    Mel B reviewed Colchuck Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Mel B completed Colchuck Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Mel B reviewed Teneriffe Falls and Mount Teneriffe Loop

    6 months ago

    The view is amazing. I got a clear view of pretty much everything including Rainier. I went up using kamikaze and man it was tough. I’d say this was more challenging than I expected. I’m not very in shape and it was tough. I was solo hiking and didn’t run into anyone after I passed the falls until I got back down to the parking lot. I saw some elk does, and what looked like fresh bear scat up towards the top once I’d started down on Teneriffe trail. Didn’t see any predators otherwise but I still was talking out loud to myself and making lots of noise when I started on my way down. Lots of bugs, lots of rocks. My phone clocked this as 13 miles round trip.

    Mel B saved Goat Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Mel B saved Iron Bear Trail #1351

    7 months ago

    Mel B reviewed Heather Lake Trail

    7 months ago

    There is still snow at the top but you shouldn’t need spikes. We didn’t hike around the lake because of the snow. The trail is wet, lots of muddy spots but if you have waterproof shoes you’ll be fine. Really pretty view with all the waterfalls from the snow melt.

    Mel B completed Heather Lake Trail

    7 months ago

    Mel B reviewed Green Lake Trail

    7 months ago

    Definitely a hidden gem! This is a beautiful hike. Ranger Falls was poppin’ too. Only thing we weren’t crazy about was the 3 mile hike on the service road. We didn’t have bikes to use but definitely wished we had them to cut down on the time it took to get to the trailhead (and back to the parking lot). Got there at 930 am and made it to the trailhead at 1030, then got up to the lake around 1145ish. We didn’t run into anyone on the way up although there were a couple people up there already. Mostly ran into people on the way down. Definitely recommend this beautiful trail!

    Mel B completed Green Lake Trail

    7 months ago

    Mel B reviewed Chinquapin Loop Trail

    9 months ago

    Easy trail! Not sure why it’s rated as moderate. Muddy in some spots but otherwise the trail is in great condition. It’s mostly a shaded trail which was nice. We saw a snake and a javelina. Seems to be a lot of mountain biking on this trail so just keep a heads up as most of them didn’t shout out to let you know they were behind/in front of us.

    Mel B completed Chinquapin Loop Trail

    9 months ago

    Mel B reviewed Oyster Dome Trail

    9 months ago

    This is a nice hike, not too challenging. It’s pretty steep in the beginning, evens out for a bit, and then gets steep again before you get to the top. Muddy in some places, no snow or ice. It was cloudy and foggy but still worth the hike. I’ll have to go again on a sunny day.

    Mel B completed Oyster Dome Trail

    9 months ago

    Mel B reviewed Wallace Falls Trail

    9 months ago

    Beautiful views of the falls and valley! Slowly gains elevation at first and gets pretty steep quickly when you get past middle falls. Some snowy patches at the upper falls viewpoint but no traction needed.

    Mel B completed Wallace Falls Trail

    9 months ago

    Mel B reviewed Little Si Trail

    10 months ago

    The rocks were a little slippery and the trail was muddy in places but it was easily navigated. Some snow towards the top but it was melting. It was a hot and humid hike going up and I wished I had worn better layers. Not the best view if you’re expecting a pano. Nice hike overall and not very difficult, although there were some steep spots getting up closer to the top.

    Mel B completed Little Si Trail

    10 months ago

    Mel B reviewed Big Four Ice Caves Trail

    10 months ago

    This hike is pretty and not difficult. Lots of fresh snow so spikes weren’t necessary but did help when going up an incline. The cave is covered up right now, but the hike is still worth it. Saw a small avalanche as well. I can’t wait to go back when I can actually see the cave! Parking is about 2 miles away from the trailhead.

    Mel B completed Big Four Ice Caves Trail

    10 months ago

    Mel B reviewed Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

    10 months ago

    Great trail, some packed snow and ice towards the top of the trail so spikes helped, especially on the way down. Loved the views!

    Mel B completed Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

    10 months ago

    Mel B reviewed Lake 22 Trail

    10 months ago

    Good hike, not many people out. I definitely recommend wearing waterproof boots and bringing along microspikes. It’s a wet trail and towards the top there’s some ice and snow. Great views of the frozen lake and the mountains nearby

    Mel B completed Lake 22 Trail

    10 months ago

    Mel B reviewed Franklin Falls Trail 1036

    11 months ago

    I got there around 7 am and it took me about 3.5 hours to complete. I didn’t run into anyone until I was almost back to the car. The road to the trailhead is closed but you can park outside the barricades which makes the hike about 7.5 miles round trip. Definitely was thankful for my trekking poles and microspikes! The “trail” that’s on top of the roadway was easy to locate and was packed down, however the snow off that packed path was pretty loose and powdery and after several times of post holing and getting snow in my boots I put gaiters on (I wish I’d thought to put them on prior to that) which helped. Once I crossed the large bridge it started raining and i was sliding all over the place and miserable, so just be aware it can get pretty slushy. Otherwise, it was a great hike and definitely enjoyed the scenery!

    TLDR; bring your microspikes and enjoy the hike.