Explore the most popular lake trails in Maine with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Loved it!

Very steep!!!! You’re basically scouring the cliff by using thin metal bars to help you up. If you’re bad with heights this is not the trail for you

Went 2 months ago. Lots of nice winter chanterelles along the trail. Was a bit longer than expected, and a bit steep at some points, but definitely doable

great hike today, the ice caves were awesome the access hole was open we put a safety rope down in there, the trails was well-marked and easy to find

14 days ago

Love it!

Went for the first time this week (January 2).. icy and snowy but still very doable! Highly recommend bringing along microspikes if you expect that kind of weather.

16 days ago

Last week my dog and I hiked this trail up to Champlain and came down North Ridge trail, making a loop. One of our favorite hikes to date - awesome views on the way up! Even though it rained in the morning, the trail wasn't too bad - just use caution! I used microspikes for the icy sections.

Great little local hidden gem! Some fun elevation change with cool geological features, a nice little lookout, beautiful scenery, and a really pretty body of water off to your left when you're following the red path. We've passed by this spot for years and are so glad we finally decided to check it out. Will add this into our rotation for local romps!

Really great views from the top. Although I agree this deserves a "hard" designation due to the steapness and iron rungs, it is quite a short loop. It took us under 20 minutes to reach the summit from the parking lot so we had to add a couple other peaks to our route to fill our time. A fun short hike.

The beginning of this trail is terrifying for someone afraid of heights! I froze on a ledge at one point, which was such a strange thing to happen to me. I wouldn’t do the hike again, but give it 5 stars for the challenge and the amazing view.

19 days ago

For a city trail. It is ok. Lots of mud on this trail. Very busy walk, with people, dogs and bikes.

I brought 2- 8 year old boys on this hike on the 1st day of summer vacation. It was a lot of work for them but well worth it. What a great day!!

20 days ago

I hiked this trail with my wife and pup at the end of December. The pine trees make the area beautiful even over winter, but I would love to see it in the summer. There were only 3 other hikers on the trail, probably in part because it was 15 degrees outside. It was very manageable for a dog. We only had a few patches of ice, but if there is recent snowfall or freezing rain it could be treacherous.

The comment that dogs must be kept on leash is ridiculous. This park is basically the quintessential dog park. I take my dog there a few times a week, he loves as do I

great trail, too many people

Definitely not a loop. Follow map at trailhead until the back half gets re-blazed.

Excellent hike with great reward for the moderate effort.

Easy trail, but be prepared to dry your feet out on the library porch with a magnificent view of Katahdin

1 month ago

Nice easy trail with good views. Loaded with blackflies in early season…bring the bug dope or head net.

A great day hike in Baxter State Park with great views and beautiful wildlife.

nice easy trail for dogs...beautiful pond when iced over. would xc ski herr

1 month ago

awful..you can hear the highway the whole time and the pond is the culumation of many culverts. smells questionable.

This was a fun hike, but I’m not sure if we stayed on the trail the entire time. Paint markers seem to be few and far between — there is a good bit of rock scaling involved. Make sure you have good shoes!

Beautiful views during this hike, especially if you go during autumn. I would highly recommend. Foggy days you can’t see too much when you get high enough, but a neat experience!

the vast majority of this Trail is a flat gravel Carriage Road. We broke off the trail to the right toward the lake around 2/3 of the way through the loop. The shorts spur took us across a few boardwalks and down to a rock scramble next to the lake. We traveled approximately one mile over numerous large boulders. This added a bit of strenuous hiking to the loop. Overall, a gorgeous walk during Peak fall color.

1 month ago

Wild blueberrys everywhere

Wonderful views on this hike! I would call it rock climbing or bouldering instead! Such a thrill and adrenaline rush being on the edge of a cliff climbing high up. Some of the rocks and iron rungs were icy, so I would not advise this during the end of fall season. Dangerous but worth it! Would definitely do again in the summer time!

Fun place to take the kid or dog. My son loves to play by the water so this is a great option. Not the best place if you're not a dog person. Lots of off leash dogs. I love dogs so it's not a problem. But it could be for some.

OK place to run if you're looking to be around a lot of other people. Gravel trail with constant view of the cove. Parking can be difficult at peak times. The weekly 5k series is a fun race series there.

1 month ago

Probably a 2-3* for serious hikers, but a beautiful fall color hike before 'tea and popovers' at the JP House.

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