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

8 days ago

Difficult but worth it!

This was my favorite hike I have done on the East Coast yet. Highly recommended. I would advise a little caution navigating knife edge but the experience was well worth it. There does exist a vertical climb/scramble thing that is about 40' of vertical on both sides of a notch on knife edge. Awesome though!

13 days ago

Great hike and scramble. I did this one in 3h 57m with some stopping, but don't let that fool you.
This trail is no joke, but can be done fast. Bring plenty of layers, once you pass the tree line and when you're on the top the winds can be strong and very cold. There is a good stretch of class 3 and class 4 scrambling. Leather gloves would be nice, I ruined my cotton ones.

If you want a tough hike with a great view at the end, but you don't have time for Katahdin (and you'd like to SEE Katahdin at its fullest), South Turner is the Baxter Trail for you! Starting from the Roaring Brook parking lot, I was at the summit in 1.5 hours, with short stops at each of the three Sandy Stream Pond overlooks. However, I was treating the ST Trail itself like a workout, with few breaks. And wow, it did not disappoint! Once you get on the ST trail itself, you're basically ascending a 1.3 mile-long rock/boulder staircase--little in the way of switchback, just straight up the mountain. The final .2-mile jaunt above the treeline is less strenuous than the first part, but more strategic, as it's more of a sustained, true scramble. The views up top are spectacular. I went the morning after Labor Day, and the Roaring Brook lot was full of hikers, but once I left the lot, I had the whole trail to myself, out and back. My sense is that people who come to Baxter either want the reward of climbing Katahdin if they're going to climb a mountain (and they have the time), or they want the reward of wildlife and do lighter hikes on the lower trails, around the ponds, streams, and such. Do you want solitude in this vast, beautiful space, an unparalleled vista, and a workout--all in a morning? South Turner!

Beautiful

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23 days ago

I hiked the Abol trail August 17th with a group of six . 5 of us are right on the cusp of being 60. We all prepared for months and it paid off completing the trail in just over 8 Hours.

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

Enjoyed the hike. Was looking for a moose.

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26 days ago

I did the Chimney on my birthday!

I got a late start on this trail, so I rushed it a bit on the way to the peak. I had to stop a few times due to the steep incline. Suggested time, if I remember correctly, is between 4 and 5 hours. This is generous. The view from the top was spectacular, even though it was a foggy morning. I recommend packing an extra layer for when you do reach the top. It got significantly colder and windy. I highly recommend this hike for someone who isn't sure they can complete the estimated 10 hour hike of Mt. Katahdin.

Nice hike to the ice caves. Be sure to go up to the viewpoint of the lake and also the spur trail to the lake is nice.

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1 month ago

Tough, Challenging, & Rewarding. New route isn't as bad as the old one from what others have said. Sign mileage is always less on any trail so make a note of that. The views are worth the climb.

1 month ago

Summitted Katahdin via the Hunt Trail which was challenging but very manageable. We decided to descend via the Abol Trail for some variety. This Trail is very steep through the boulder slide area so be cautious. We encountered a light rain part way down which made everything slick. I took one fall....it happens...so, don’t lose your focus. Lots of twists and turns for the feet and legs. My knees were really tired and sore and I needed two doses of aspirins to manage the pain.

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1 month ago

Thought it was a great way to go down after ascending on Hunt Trail. Also think it would be a great way to go up. Yes, it is steep and you are scrambling as you get closer to the top, but I find this is the norm in the little bit of hiking I have experienced in the northeast- get up by going strait up:)

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

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1 month ago

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

Very beautiful hike. We did it yesterday, a lot of mosquitoes, but it couldn’t spoil amazing time during the hike.

2 months ago

A great rock climb to the summit!

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2 months ago

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!!

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

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3 months ago

Great scramble to the Table Lands, amazing view, very meaningful location to the be the end (or beginning) of the AT.

on Chimney Pond Trail

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3 months ago

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

Tough hike! Took our 6 year old son and was able to do it with lots of breaks! Definitely worth it though! We’ve done bunches of hikes and this is probably our favorite!

3 months ago

I took this trail back down after using the Hunt Trail to summit Katahdin. The bouldering at the top I found to be more difficult than Hunt because some parts the route takes you had boulders that were a bit taller than me so there were parts where I just had to drop which is a little scary considering how steep it is and it looks like you could just keep sliding all the way down at some points! But there were beautiful views, a bit warm as we were facing the sun with no wind that day and the new switchbacks made that part of the decent easier. This is still definitely not an easy trail however as even the trail below tree line is still at a decent incline. We didn't see any streams on this trail except a tiny trickle that crossed it once so I wouldn't rely on filterable water being on this trail if you're getting low. I believe the part through the boulders is just around a mile and you are scrambling and climbing basically the whole time, gloves for hand protection would have been nice! The last (or first) mile to the campground is pretty gradual which is nice as well! This trail was nice because the distance was shorter than the Hunt, but it's still quite steep and on tired legs can be quite challenging. Keep in mind if you are camping/parked at Katahdin Stream, the tell campgrounds are separated by about 2 miles of road which while an easy walk, can seem long after a day on the mountain! I did prefer Hunt Trail however for the views and access to water at the stream if need be and the scramble, while seemingly longer I felt has more manageable boulders but this trail was definitely a different challenge I enjoyed!

7 months ago

Great scramble up to the table lands!

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11 months ago

Hiked it in June of 1999. From South Gate 8 miles to Katahdin Stream Campground. Stayed in Walk-in Lean-to No. 2 one night and 3 another night. (Lean-to’s 1 – 3 or tent sites 24 and 25 are the best sites in the Campground. Lean-to’s best for 2 people or 3, maximum. If with a group, lean-to’s 4 – 8 are best.)

Summited Pamola, but the winds were whipping too much to risk Knife Edge and the conclusion. Like others have said, more climbing/scrambling than hiking; thick, gummy soles for boots helped. Still my favorite hike to date.

Was not prepared for the rock field, but still super fun despite the challenge.

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!

Monday, September 18, 2017

I made it to the summit of Mt. Katahdin yesterday! This trail is absolutely challenging but manageable with wonderful hiking buddies who knew my abilities and let me take as many breaks as I need and helped carry water and food:-)! I would not recommend going down this trail if you are hike beginners. I went down by hunt trail, which is a very scenic doable trail, and I highly recommend.

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