Abol Trail

HARD 23 reviews
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Abol Trail is a 7.3 mile lightly 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.

7.3 miles
3973 feet
Out & Back






wild flowers




no dogs

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.

11 days ago

Without a doubt the hardest hike I've ever done. I can hike and walk, even with loads. However, rock scrambling boulders that are taller than me was extremly difficult. The mt weather was expected and i was prepared for +20 Celsius @ the bottom and hail at the top... But bouldering was tough.

12 days ago

Great hike! But beware! The black flies are horrible in summer months. We hiked it yesterday and were constantly bombarded by those little blood suckers. The newer build ups in the switchback portion of the trail are great and made this trail super enjoyable and easier to descend.

14 days ago

We hiked down the Abol trail from the top of Katahdin (one the way up we took the Hunt trail). Abol was somewhat easier than Hunt coming down so I would recommend the loop (except the two trail heads are about 2.3 miles apart so you need to hike that distance to get to your car. Quite a bit of boouldering but it was a lot of fun. Took us about 3 hours to get down. Took my teenager boys 2 hours to get down first so they hiked the 2.3 miles to get the car for us, which was very nice. I would recommend this loop if you would like to experience two trails in one hike.

16 days ago

Great hike!

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1 month ago

Awesome hike

1 month ago

zipped up and down in 5 hours but it is very challenging lots of rocks and boulders towards the top. Use your hands to get up the rocks towards the summit faster. eventhough i did it fast this was the most diffucult and taxing hike I've ever done. But the views are amazing and it's so peaceful!

1 month ago

Super rewarding. Be prepared for precipitation and wind at the summit. Take David Torrey's advice and pack gloves. I appreciated having gloves during the bouldering. Views are spectacular when not socked in!!

1 month ago

Hiked 9/3/16. Difficult but rewarding hike! Nice combination of steady incline, switchbacks, and rock scrambling on the Abol trail! Breathtaking views at Baxter Peak.

1 month ago

We did this trail in July of 2016! Gorgeous day. Nice new trail; but I can't wait until it's broken in a little. The loose gravel was kind of scary coming down.

3 months ago

So much fun!

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

This trail allowed for some variation for each hiker as most bouldering oportunities had a few different approaches. Overall very fun.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Abol is one of my favorite trails to ascend Mt Katahdin. It is one of the shortest (if not the shortest) trail to the top. There is a lot of bouldering and it is a fairly steep climb at the top.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Great hike with wonderful views. I did this hike on 10/10/10; the weather was perfect, but very cold at the peak. Be prepared.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

This was such a great trail. It was a rainy day, but we made it to the top. The way down was easier because it dried out. I recommend gloves, it provides a good grip. Do this hike, it was awesome.