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.

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

This was not my favorite trail. Mostly because, despite putting on bug repellent before the hike, the flies and bugs were on us so much that we had to wave our arms the whole time we climbed, which makes things far more tiring and less pleasant. Couldn't sit down and enjoy lunch at the top, either. Had to keep moving and waving arms. So if you do this, bring STRONG bug repellent and reapply frequently (we didn't bring it along). Apparently they also sell hats with mosquito netting to cover your face at all the convenience stations, so try that, too. Or maybe go to Colorado or Utah instead. No one else on the trail, at least. Maybe the locals know better than to go in July? The views at the top and for some of the way up were nice, but I've seen nicer, and you slog through a lot of steep, rocky areas with no view and many bugs to see them. It only took a few hours, but they were miserable hours, sadly.

10 days ago

A great rock climb to the summit!

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25 days 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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1 month 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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1 month 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!

1 month 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!

Hands down one of my favorite and memorable hikes! I went in late August in 2016 and we barely saw any bugs. There were blueberries EVERYWHERE along the trail! It was a tough hike - very steep at places with some loose rocks. But the view is well worth it. You break above the trees very early on in the hike, so the rest of the way you have grand sweeping views of the surrounding mountains! We saw three other people on the hike the whole time we were on it.

Amazing! I mean simply Amazing! The views are unbelievable, the lake is very pretty and a great place to swim after the hike, doesnt get nearly as busy as Katahdin does, only passed one other hiker myself hiking this trail, great camping area (need to register/pay to camp) make sure you check in with the ranger before hiking, this hike is extremely difficult, 90% of it is above the tree line so youre constantly in the sun, elevation gain is no joke and tons of rock scrambling, the weather can also be a little unpredictable on the ridges (got caught in a 10 min thunder storm myself) so bring a rain jacket and min of 2 liters of water per hiker!

4 months ago

Great scramble up to the table lands!

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8 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 & 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!

10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

Really fun, tough trail. Pretty steep in parts, great fun once you get near top with big boulders to scramble up!

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10 months ago

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

11 months ago

Always my favorite. Backpacking up to chimney is amazing.

Fun trail from the parking area to the ice caves. Lush vegetation through the forest, soft trail floor, lots of roots, and huge boulders! The ice cave is very cool (no pun intended). Climb down the iron rungs to get into the cave. There is ice on the floor, so be careful! Be sure to take the side trip to the scenic lookout, and enjoy the beautiful views of 1st Debsconeag Lake. Fortunately the trails were very clean with no litter to be found.

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11 months ago

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

This trail was quite wet even though it was not raining and i was grateful for my rain pants and jacket. The loop was nice with views of the pond fairly often. We did this loop and the big and little Niagara falls in the same afternoon. There were lots of blueberries and partridge berries to nibble on the way.

This trail was quite wet even though it was not raining and i was grateful for my rain pants and jacket. The loop was nice with views of the pond fairly often. We did this loop and the big and little Niagara falls in the same afternoon. There were lots of blueberries and partridge berries to nibble on the way.

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11 months 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.

11 months 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.

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11 months 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.

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11 months ago

Great hike!

Great hike, most scenic hike in Baxter, rocky but fun. Day we went, person was re-doing the marking on the trail. It is well-marked trail now.

Great little trail for a short trip! A bit muddy from frequent rain but nothing you can't handle, just a forewarning for those wearing tennis shoes! Pass through a bunch of blueberry bushes so be on the lookout for ripe ones, this the season! Big and little Niagra are also both great viewpoints

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