The Donnell Pond Unit includes more than 14,000 acres of remote forested land with crystal clear lakes, secluded ponds, and mountains with panoramic views. Located in Hancock County between Franklin and Cherryfield, this is where visitors can enjoy outdoor recreation in a scenic, remote setting.

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5 months ago

This is a good day hike with ever changing scenery. Took my husband and I about 4.5 hours to do. Some areas near the top require climbing up large rocks and we had to use our hands at times. The trail needs a lot of maintenance on the east side of caribou. My husband had to do a lot of clearing and essentially trail blazing as we hiked through. Bring bug spray!! Lots of mosquitoes near the ponds! But beautiful views at the top. Not very trafficked at all, hardly saw anyone there.

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

The map at the trailhead does not correspond to the actual signage in the forest. In particular, the map does not show a trail going toward Tunk Lake, nor does it show at least one other more clearly marked trail going across Catherine Mountain. There may also be another trail going from Tunk Lake back toward Caribou, but it is very haphazardly marked and generally so poor that this part of the hike turned into a bushwhack for me that got me way off course and turned this into a much bigger loop. It's a nice hike all in all, but the signage could definitely use some work.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Fun, moderate loop trail. Excellent views of Franklin and surrounding mountains and lakes. Trail down is very poorly marked, relied on GPX downloads on my phone to navigate down. Lost trail several times. With a few cairns and blazes this could be a top trial in the region. A fraction of the trail traffic you see in the Acadia region.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Not a fan of this one, did it a few years back but gave it a second chance due to the map looking like it was now a loop. On the way the first hint was the posted trail map not showing it as a loop. Just in I can guess that the old woods road is where you would come out BUT not a single marking so I followed the trail to the top with my dog. Just as I remember it, you follow blue markers up and then the last .2 of a mile you guess and look for orange ribbon. Great view from the top, looked all around and found ZERO markers to indicate a way down other then where I came from. O did I mention the two hornet nests that are on the trail just past the second lake after you get past the rock stairs. Bad, a few go me but many got my dog before we could get out of their.

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

This is a quality day hike. I was a little mislead as this address starts you off at Black Mountain (easy). You then hike to the East Peak of Black Mountain (easy) before you walk down to the path that will take you to Caribou. This trail takes nearly two hours between the two mountain peaks unless you're trail running. It is fairly over grown so check for ticks. However, once you get to Caribou the climb is as advertised with some pretty great views at the top.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

This was a great hike. The right amount of difficulty. However, it needs to be cleaned up in some areas. There is allot of overgrowth on the trail on the east side of the loop. Trail markers need to be updated as well. Their there, just a little hard to see at times. All in all, a great day.

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