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Best camping trails in Baxter State Park, Maine

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Explore the most popular camping trails in Baxter State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of camping trails in Baxter State Park, Maine
Park information
Acreage:
200,000 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Contact
(207) 723-5140
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Top trails (19)
#1 - Mount Katahdin and Hamlin Peak Loop
Baxter State Park
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 7 h 39 m
On this loop hike you will climb all the peaks of tallest mountain in Maine, also the terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Baxter Peak is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail and is the high point of the state. In total you will be climbing 3 distinct mountains on this loop hike including a side trip to Chimney Pond nestled in the center of your alpine loop trip. All trail junctures have been detailed in this guide. If you want to fully appreciate Mt. Katahdin in all its glory, this is the loop hike to make. It can be done in one long day with an early start. Show more
#2 - Helon Taylor, Knife Edge, Saddle and Chimney Pond Trail
Baxter State Park
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 5 h 56 m
Stellar views, cliffs, and wilderness. A long grueling hike. The Knife edge is very rugged in places - the chimney is almost a technical climb. The Baxter peak side of the knife edge is a boulder scramble. The saddle trail has a 1/2 mile section of scree and is also very steep. A tough hike that you should be in shape for. The most difficult and time consuming portions of the hike are exposed and above tree-line.Show more
#3 - Hunt and Helon Taylor Trail
Baxter State Park
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Length: 17 mi • Est. Multi-day
This steep and difficult trail loop summits Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park. This is the highest mountain in the state of Maine and a popular alpine hiking destination in northern New England. It's also the ending place for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers finishing their trek from the starting point in Georgia. The trail loop follows Hunt Trail to Knife Edge Trail where hikers ascend Baxter Peak, Mount Katahdin,South Peak, Chimney Peak and Pamola Peak. Continuing on Helon Taylor Trail, hikers will make their way along Keep Ridge to the Roaring Brook Campground. The return trip follows Chimney Pond Trail to Basin Ponds, Great Basin and South Basin via Cathedral Trail and Saddle Trail, and back to Hunt Trail. The trailhead is located at the Katahdin Stream Campground.Show more
#4 - Chimney Pond Trail
Baxter State Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 32 m
The trail features a classic glacial bowl with pristine mountain ponds as it gently ascends through hardwood forest eventually offering glimpses of the north basin. Some steeper sections exist but overall the trail is very constant. Due to the number of hikers a good deal of erosion has occurred so you will often have to step from rock to rock. Show more
#5 - Baxter Peak via Saddle Trail
Baxter State Park
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 6 h 47 m
#6 - Mount Katahdin via Hamlin Ridge
Baxter State Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 44 m
Stellar views, cliffs, and wilderness. A long and grueling hike that you should be in shape for. Great for anyone that wants a scenic trek up to Katahdin from Roaring Brook, but does not wish to cross the Knife's Edge. The portion of the hike along Chimney Lake Trail can get very muddy, slippery & wet. The climb up Hamlin Ridge has many large boulders you will have to scramble along. There is a section of fairly streep scree along Saddle Trail. The views atop Mount Katahdin are beautiful from all 360 degrees. Show more
#7 - North Traveler Mountain Trail to Pogy Notch Trail Loop
Baxter State Park
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 6 h 19 m
This loop allows you to access the three summits of the Traveler, North Traveler, and Peak of the Ridges. The trail is located in a less frequented area of ​​Baxter Park. The markings are paint marks on rocks or trees and small cairns. The trail can become difficult to follow in rocky areas in poor weather conditions. In good weather you can see the route and the summits to come and, in many places, a beautiful view of Mount Katahdin.Show more
#8 - Baxter Peak via Saddle and Cathedral Loop
Baxter State Park
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 6 h 26 m
Starting at Roaring Brook Campground, take the Chimney Park Trail for the first 3.1 miles to Chimney Pond. Sign in at the Ranger's Station and then proceed to the trail immediately to the right. Over the next 1.5 miles the trail proceeds over three large rock buttresses. The climb starts almost immediately and is steep all the way through. The trail ends when it junctions with the Saddle Trail. Turn left at the junction and then proceed .2 miles to the summit. The journey up is filled with scrambling over rock faces, pulling oneself over rocks that are 4-6 feet high, and climbing close to steep, high ridges. The journey down the buttresses can be very steep, and is not recommended in the winter or in the rain. In bad weather, complete the descent using the Saddle Trail, which connects back to the Chimney Pond Trail. Most of this trail is above the treeline and is the most exposed trail on Katahdin, besides the Knife's Edge. Be prepared for inclement weather.Show more
#9 - Baxter Peak via Chimney Pond Campground
Baxter State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
#10 - South Branch Pond Loop
Baxter State Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
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