Looking for a great trail in Bigelow Preserve, Maine? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, views trails, dogs trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Bigelow Preserve ranging from 5.5 to 9.5 miles and from 1,164 to 4,137 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Located in western Maine just east of the village of Stratton about 40 miles north of Farmington, Bigelow Preserve includes over 36,000 acres of public land. The preserve encompasses the entire Bigelow Range, which includes seven summits. The highest of these at 4,150 feet is West Peak, one of only 10 Maine summits over 4,000 feet in elevation. Bounded on the north by 20,000-acre Flagstaff Lake, the preserve offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Flagstaff Lake is part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is an historic 740-mile watertrail through New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine. This is a popular three-season recreation area, with spring being the only time when there are few visitors. The Appalachian Trail and other trails as well as fishing, swimming, and camping offer a variety of outdoor activities at the Preserve. Fall foliage can be viewed from the roads and trails. Hunting and trapping opportunities range from easy vehicle access to foot access only in the backcountry areas. Fishing is plentiful in many small ponds and brooks. Winter visitors enjoy snowmobiling and cross country skiing over 20 miles of designated trails.

Dog friendly and amazing views at the top! A little muddy/slippery after a rain fall the night before. Took about 3 hours round trip. The trailhead itself is found at the end of Bigelow Rd. and doesn’t have public parking but there are plenty of lots at the Sugarloaf base.

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rocky
12 days ago

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rocky
20 days ago

Safford Brook Trail is very buggy but easy and well-maintained. AT is much more steep and rocky, with great views often on the way to the top. Fire tower foundation, blueberries, and views of Flagstaff Lake and Sugarloaf at the tops of both peaks.

This trail definitely earns its "hard" rating but is well worth it. Fire warden trail is fairly steep and rocky for the last mile or so to the intersection with the AT. The vast majority of this trip is pretty steep - both up and down - and parts are narrow and/or a bit overgrown. Bugs aren't bad out there right now, especially above 2,000' and with a slight breeze. Saw a lot of snakes and toads but not much else. I would suggest doing the side trip to Avery, a side trip to North Horn, and spend the night at Horns Pond. Return via the AT SOBO to Stratton Brook Road and you're 0.6mi to the parking area via flat dirt road. About 13 miles total but you get about 8 miles of AT and two 4,000+ footers in the process. This way you avoid Horns Pond Trail for the trip down which is really nothing to write home about. Water sources are pretty dry this time of year. Small box springs at Avery and near the side trail to North Horn. Horns Pond is a welcomed sight after a hot hilly day. If you're thinking about doing this just do it already! Take your time and be ok with camping and putting in a 8-9 mile day. The views of Flagstaff Lake and Sugarloaf are worth every step of this trail.

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rocky
21 days ago

Hiked fire wardens up to Avery, across West, and camped at Horns Pond. Returned to the Stratton Brook Pond Rd. parking area via the AT section that heads SOBO to Rt. 27. As advertised the last mile of this trail is fairly steep and technical but definitely doable for most. Not sure I would try to take my dog up this trail, use your best judgement. Water sources at Moose Falls, the intersection with the AT, and the box spring near Avery were all pretty dry. The spring near South Horn was ok but Horns Pond was a welcomed sight as we trudged into camp there with almost no water left on a 85 and humid day. Saw lots of snakes and toads but not much else for wildlife. Bugs weren't bad at all once we got above 2,000'. The Stratton Brook Road parking lot was jam packed when we emerged from the woods. Do yourself a favor and arrive early, preferably with a belly full of breakfast from the Kingfield Woodsman. Do this hike! If you can swing it head across to Horns Pond and camp for the night. With a side trip to Avery you'll bag two 4,000+ footers and take in some of the best views anywhere.

This was an epic hike! Great views and some good elevation gain. I did it as an overnight trip, the swimming in horns pond was unreal! Day two I hit the ridge and the views were amazing all day. 100% would recommend this loop, took my mom out for her first ever backpack trip, it was a blast.

Great trail with lots of frogs on it

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28 days ago

Fantastic hike with amazing views!! While a good percentage of the hike is moderate the last 1.5 miles is mostly uphill at a steep angle and might push some more novice hikers. We hiked up to Avery and around there but didn’t do West. This hike is a must! Besides that I will definitely be back to hike more in the Bigelow Preserve!

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rocky
28 days ago

So many bugs on Safford Brook Trail, I've never seen that before ! Once on the AT, they suddenly all disappeared ! I consider the hike not so difficult, since it was my brother's first NE111 and he did it without saying a word ! The view from the two peaks is awesome and it was not crowded, even though it was a beautiful day and no windy at all. Totally worth it :)

awesome hike. well kept trails

My official favorite. and that will not change. Monkey Hiker

Fantastic section of the Appalachian Trail. Hiked it on 7/18/19. Well maintained path. Multiple points to stop and take in the views. Started this out-and-back hike from the gravel parking area just off of East Flagstaff Road.

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rocky
1 month ago

Omg the bugs on this trail were awful. On way out we actually donned the head nets. Didn’t do as tracked here but up fire warden to west then to Avery. 9.6m. Steep for about . 7 of the last 1 mile. The steep steps help. Man it was humid so the haze affected what must be absolutely stunning views on either peak. Worth the work.

Started at Fire Wardens Trail, off of Stratton Brook Pond Road. The trail wasn’t clearly marked but keep driving until the end of Stratton Brook Pond Road and follow the signs for trails. After some distance you’ll see the first sign for Fire Warden Trail. The trail up is very steep, especially the last mile. Once on top of Avery Peak, the view was spectacular. One of the best views around. Hiking the loop was great and the view on west peak was also good. The Horns Pond Trail was forgettable but necessary to get back to the parking lot.

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3 months ago

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