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Chimney Pond Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Millinocket, Maine that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,463 feet Route Type: Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

snow

no dogs

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.

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

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5 months ago

Beautiful and fun trail by itself. The views are amazing regardless of the weather. Tend to spot lots of wildlife every time I’ve gone! Great trail!

Started at Roaring Brook campground. Got to the gate at 6:00. Had to wait to get in (we hired a shuttle). Started on the trail at 7 AM. Hiked into Chimney Pond. Took 90 minutes. We moved at a fast clip. Very cold start of the AM. We weren’t recommended to hike Cathedral due to the snow and ice. Hiked up saddle (first time going up this route). Seemed easier compared to other trails. Top of saddle was beautiful. There was ice and snow - we brought crampons. Baxter Peak was packed. We returned via Abol. (No ice nor snow). Going down Abol was tough for the first 25% ~ very steep. The rest wasn’t so bad. Very tough hike overall. Almost 9 miles.

hiking
7 months ago

Buggy in July but beautiful

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rocky
8 months ago

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rocky
8 months ago

Perfect hike, not too strenuous but steady...2 ponds, the most beautiful ponds you’ll ever see. I was even lucky enough to spot a moose along the way. :-) This was definitely one of my favorite hikes. I started it about 11am, and finished about 5pm. I spent at least 30 min at each pond though.

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blowdown
bridge out
closed
private property
snow
8 months ago

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rocky
8 months ago

Great, challenging hike. Very rocky. Has some great lookout areas. We hiked up in the sun and out a day later in the rain and the trail was muddy with lots of puddles. Chimney Pond campground is a beautiful and quiet spot.

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rocky
8 months ago

This trail is on the tougher side of moderate. The entire trail is nothing but stones to navigate which makes the footing quite unstable. That along with the ascent makes this trail a bit more arduous than expected. It is beautiful though. And there are a few places where it flattens out or has wooden planks and a couple bridges that give your legs a break. Of course the termination at chimney pond is definitely worth the effort.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is on the tougher side of moderate. It's all stones that you have to navigate. There is some elevation on this trail and with the unsteady footing, this trail becomes a bit more of a workout than you'd think. But it is beautiful and well marked. The termination at chimney pond is definitely worth it!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful destination- nothing like this pond nestled in the mountains. Be prepared!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike. It was however a bit more difficult then I had planned on it being. Recommend plenty of water (made that mistake!) and good shoes as it can be pretty slippery if wet.

Sat Sep 01 2018

Beautiful

Sat Sep 01 2018

Nice moderate trail with a fair amount of rocks. It gets harder after this to get up to the peak!

hiking
Wed Aug 29 2018

I did the Chimney on my birthday!

Thu Jul 26 2018

It's breathtaking! Great hike to do with the kiddos!

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Thu Jul 26 2018

Always a beautiful hike. It is very rocky so be careful with your ankles and knees on the way down.

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Thu Jul 26 2018

Chimney Pond Trail is the long, mostly flat stretch of trail between the Roaring Brook campground and the Chimney Pond campground. It's long and somewhat featureless: there are a few streams, small waterfalls, but mostly just bush, bush and more bush. You're very happy to arrive at the Chimney Pond where you can take a dip in the water, take your shoes off and relax a bit, or refill your water. You can also check into the ranger station. From here, you have three choices for the ascent: Saddle Trail (widely considered the easiest), Cathedral (very steep!), or Dudley (which was closed when we went.)

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Thu Jun 28 2018

Great hike! Solid climb over lots and lots of rocks. Wear proper hiking shoes/boots, and bring water, though drinking from Roaring Brook was crisp and clean. Once at the pond, the view is stunning! Bugs were out of control last weekend, so make sure you have a face or head mesh. Now for the big one!!! You had better get in line to enter the park freaking early. Once the parking lot is full, they shut it down for the day!! We were staying at Kidney Pond, and was turned away Saturday because it was full. They do not care if you're staying in the park or not, unless you are staying at Roaring Brook. Overall, 5 stars no matter what!!

Tue Jun 26 2018

Fabulous hike, fairly rocky so use care on those ankles. Views of the bowl are astounding!

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Tue Jun 12 2018

Great hike! Lots of rocks on the trail. Takes a few hours. I really enjoyed this trail.

Tue Oct 17 2017

Great trail to do! My friends and I did it on our way up Katadin, and it was a great spot to stop. When we got there around 8am it was a great misty scene, by the time we returned from the summit the lake was beautiful! It truly opened up. Will have to come back to camp for sure!

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Fri Aug 25 2017

June 2017. Excellent hike. Views are breathtaking from Chimney Pond.

Sat Aug 19 2017

Always my favorite. Backpacking up to chimney is amazing.

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Tue Aug 15 2017

Great trail from Roaring Brook up to Chimney Pond. Chimney Pond is breathtaking.

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