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Abol Trail is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Millinocket, Maine that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until September.

Length 7.3 mi Elevation gain 3,950 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Lake River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble No dogs
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Getting There

Maine Office of Tourism, 59 State House Station , Augusta, ME, 04333-0059, Phone: (888) 624-6345

Directions from Millinocket, ME: Travel approximately 15 miles north on SR 11 to reach the Togue Pond Gate. Bear left and travel about 6 miles to the Abol Campground. Trail begins from the campground.

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Bruce Wayne Kane
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Hiking

Up the Abol trail and down the Hunt trail. more climbing then hiking.

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Kristen Netemeyer
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

The trail was fantastic. We had tons of fun on this. On the way up you go through a section of rocky hiking but with a nice incline. Over the tree line you hit the boulders. This is a “choose your own adventure” kind of hiking. You’re pulling yourself up between boulders and really using your arms and legs. Once you get to the top of this, it’s a somewhat easy walk to the summit. This took us about 3 hours and 15 min. Down was a good bit faster and the boulders were very “parkour” for us. That took us about 3 hours to get back to the parking lot. All in all, a fantastic hike with good weather and very little wind.

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Genevieve Frank
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HikingGreat!

One of the best hikes we’ve ever done. Breathtaking views almost the whole way up. It’s steep, and there’s no shade and a lot of elevation, so be prepared. It was definitely a lot of fun!

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Rick Cracraft
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Backpacking

Planned on coming back down Hunt but wind gusts sent us to choose Abol on the way down. Good choice!

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Caroline Ward
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Hiking

It was outstanding! However, the last mile it started to sleet and the winds pick up to almost 55-60 miles per hour. We had to turn around! Next time! Can’t wait!!

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Dawne Bolduc
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Sandra L
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Mt Katahdin is awesome, and so grateful to the State of Maine for caring for this magnificent wild place. Abol was a blast, especially the last mile straight up scrambling over huge boulders (the blue blazes need to be redone in this section). It was freezing cold above treeline (47 degrees before wind chill) and wind blowing clouds across the summit at about 30mph. Thrilling experience and can’t wait to go back. Note: Round trip mileage up Abol Trail to Baxter Peak is 4.4 miles each way (8.8 miles total), not what is listed in All Trails.

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stacey dostie
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I mean... Katahdin is EPIC...so there’s that! Went up Abol and LOVED that! It was so much fun!!! Tagged Baxter peak and took in Knife Edge whilst chomping on our snacks. Then headed to Hamlin Peak via Saddle & NW Basin Trail. SO WINDY our primary goal was to NOT be a kite. Descended via Baxter cut off trail to Abol. Back down Abol was NOT as much fun as the ascent.... in fact, it was brutal and totally sucked. Your knees are the gauge for where your age meets your superpowers and I was feeling it. :o Our primary plan was to go up Hamlin Trail, tag the two peaks and head down saddle, but since we didn’t have a reservation all bets were off and he had to do plan B. Still very grateful we had the opportunity to hike Katahdin and complete our ME 4000’ers. Happy Hiking!

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Carly Rickarby
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HikingRockyScramble

First time hiking Katahdin and we loved the Abol trail, tons of variety in the couple miles up to the summit. First section is an easy, densely wooded trail, which moves into a more moderate wooded trail as you start to gain elevation before reaching the treeline. From the treeline up to the plateau it is a very steep, rocky scramble over large boulders. Some sections (especially on the descent) we relied on our hiking partners as spotters to safely navigate a few large boulders. Last section across the plateau is rocky and relatively flat until the final ascent up to the summit. Weather was terrible, high winds, fog, mist and rain. Highly recommend good gloves to protect your hands/keep them warm and dry when crossing the rocky boulder section. Plan ahead, hike with a buddy, be safe, and enjoy!

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Robert Ekberg
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HikingRocky

Great views but can be very challenging. The first part of the trail is rather easy, with a slow and gradual increase in steepness. After you pass the 2.5 mile mark, you start climbing up. And I mean climbing. If you’re a first time hiker or someone who doesn’t enjoy cardio, I wouldn’t recommend. If anything, start early!!! However you can’t beat the views from the top!!! Absolutely stunning.

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G K
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Hiking

This was a great day 8/28/2020. The weather was cooperative. We started at 7:00AM. Very windy above tree lime, but that just added to the thrill of the experience. Loved the rock scramble on the Spur. Thanks to our trail Angel Elizabeth for the ride back to our trail at Katahdin Stream since we went down the Saddle trail. We'll worth the effort. Thanks again Bert for coming along for the adventure.

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Jeremy Aldrich
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Hiking

GREAT DAY!

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Chandler Von Schrader
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HikingGreat!Scramble

Hiked Aug 11 - this is one tough hike - don’t be fooled by relative short distance - this one is a bear, with the biggest longest scramble I’ve ever hiked! 10x Old Rag! But HTFU and do it - amazing at the top and that summit pic will hang on your wall!

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Kelsey Kenny
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Hiking

Love Abol, definitely not a joke though this trail is hard. Plenty of scrambling and incline amazing views! Worth it!

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Mel Miller
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a great hike. i found this hike to be closer to to 9 miles - the sign at the trailhead indicates 4.4 to Katahdin. the first 2.5 miles are relatively easily - slight incline, some more difficult parts, but overall not so bad. the scrambling isn’t for a few miles in. and while it’s a half mile or so of some fairly intense boulders, it’s not the whole time! last mile is above the tree line and pretty easy (incline at the end). TLDR a really amazing, beautiful hike with some scrambling.

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Bart Spronck
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Hiking

Great trail! Hard, took us 8.5 hrs. Time up and down similar due to tricky descent. Make sure you have a parking reservation (parking was full with prereserved cars on a Monday).

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Laura K
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Hiking

Great hike! Abol trail has pretty technical bouldering at the top. On way down I used my bike gloves to help with sliding down in certain areas. Highly recommend bringing some! Amazing views. Need probably 3L pp for full roundtrip hike.

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Leah Mattson
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HikingRockyScramble

By far one of the hardest hikes I’ve done. We did to the top of Katahdin going up and down the Abol Trail. Few water stops and photo points along the way and a break at the top. Took round trip about 5 hours and it was a fantastic hike! Be sure to get there early while it is cooler. Overall awesome Hike.

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Stephanie Pettegrow
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Christopher J. Lee
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David Kleen
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Abol trail without a doubt the hardest scrambling I’ve ever done. Boulders nonstop. Great trail. I would definitely do it again, but I need about a year to recuperate.

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Maggie D
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Hiking

I would rate this trail between moderate-difficult depending on skill level. About a mile of the hike involves an intense rock scramble / bouldering. This hike is not for pets or children and requires free hands. It took my hiking buddy and I around 8 hours including a few stops for water and a lunch break. The entire hike was absolutely gorgeous and well worth the trip. Just be sure to register with the park well in advance before you go in order to get parking for any Katahdin trail heads!

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