Aroostook State Park bears the distinct honor of being Maine's first state park. In 1938 interested citizens of Presque Isle donated 100 acres of land to the State of Maine, and following that gesture, the park became reality in 1939. Today the park totals nearly 800 acres thanks to subsequent donations and purchases. Aroostook State Park is the ideal starting point for discovering the North Maine Woods, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. Encompassing Quaggy Jo Mountain and Echo Lake, the park offeres a unique chance to study our geologic past. In fact, Quaggy Jo is the shortened form of its Indian name, "Qua Qua Jo" which translates to "twin peaked."

The North peak is the peak that has the westerly and easterly views. The South peak (Quaggy Joe) doesn’t have a view and also has some type of a communication tower at the peak. But, still worth the effort to hike to the South peak when hiking the loop if you are goal oriented.
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If you decide to do the loop, hike up to the South peak first, it’s the steepest ascent between the two peaks. The descent from the North peak to the parking lot is steep, but no where as steep as the descent from the South peak.
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There is also a lean-to, with a picnic table, South of the North peak while traveling South on the trail to the South peak. A nice addition from the last time I hiked this loop 35-years ago.
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Fill up with water before you start the hike. There is no water available in the trail.

Small and Steep hike.. South peak has a deck to sit and the view is incredible. North peak does have a picnic table but the has smaller view because of trees

I went up and back down via North Peak trail since I didn't get started until after 7. The views are great! Since this is the highest point for a good distance, you can see the farms and country below. And if I had had more time, I would have loved to complete the loop in full.

Go up the steep north trail and then down the south or the notch cutoff. Steep but well maintained. Would definitely do it again.

Nice hike. Steep coming down.

This was a great hike for us and the dog, it provides great views of The County. We went up the North Peak trail first, across the Ridge trail to the South Peak then went down using the Notch trail as an easier alternative to get back to the truck. All the trails were marked really well, the only time we struggled was when we got off the Notch trail we had to walk through the campground pretty much on our own to find the parking lot. When we got back to the parking lot we were able to take the dog swimming in Echo Lake to cool down.

Great hike with beautiful views. There are a few different trails ranging in difficulty. South Peak Trail offers some great elevation and a little rock climbing which is fun. Notch Trail is beautiful...less strenuous...lots of rock steps. The trail to North Peak is steep and not great footing. Ridge Trail which connects North and South Peak is a nice hike and not too strenuous. All trails are marked really well. I return often!!

backpacking
3 months ago

I loved this trail! Beautiful views with camping along the ridge and at the south peak. South peak trail is very steep.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

only about 3 miles but beautiful views from peaks

hiking
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

This was a great hike with some incredible views. There is two different ways to get to the peaks. One is called the Notch Trail, it is a gentle and gradual climb to the Ridge Trail. I took the South Peak Trail up. I have a German Shepherd and he did very well but that being said this is a very steep trail. There are several areas where you are climbing. It is relatively easy if you have had experience with it. The views are amazing at both peaks. There is a cell tower by the south peak. The Ridge Trail is between the South and North Peak trails. The North Peak trail is where I went back through. This trail is also steep but fairly easy to navigate with experience on those types of trails. It mellows out as you come down. Overall it was a fantastic hike with wonderful views. The dog loved it. I would recommend only bringing a dog up the South Peak if it has gone on hikes like this before.

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Nice lake. Trail is well-marked. While it has some significant elevations initially, it branches into options for even more stringent elevation or relatively easy passage. My Mastiff is elderly, so at the split we chose the easier trail. Very pleasant. Take bug repellent.

hiking
Monday, November 16, 2015

Great trail! Scenic views, beautiful.

hiking
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

hiking
Wednesday, July 16, 2014