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Best trails in Monson

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Looking for a great trail near Monson, Maine? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Baxter State Park or Lily Bay State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Little Moose Public Reserved Land or Pleasant Lake Preserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 2 easy trails in Monson ranging from 1.8 to 3.7 miles and from 1,154 to 1,322 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Monson
Top trails (6)
#1 - Monson Slate Hills via Appalachian Trail
Monson, Maine
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Length: 13 mi • Est. 6 h 57 m
#2 - Borestone Mountain Base and Peregrine Trail
Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
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#3 - Head of the Gulf Trail
Appalachian Mountain Club 100 Mile Wilderness Conservation Area
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
Area is privately owned and maintained. Fee: $12 for Maine residents/ $16 for out of state resident, and free for children. Cash Only. From the Upper parking lot, to intersection point #8. Connects with the rim trail. Not difficult at all, can be extremely muddy. Connects from the Upper Parking lot to the intersection of the Pleasant River Tote Trail, and the Rim Trail.Show more
#4 - Appalachian Trail: Columbus Mountain, Third Mountain
Appalachian Mountain Club 100 Mile Wilderness Conservation Area
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Length: 14.1 mi • Est. 7 h 41 m
Pay a fee to drive in and park at the Gulf Hagas trailhead, which is also the AT trailhead (there are many trails in this area). This section starts with a short walk along the West Branch of the Pleasant River, then begins the very civilized climb up toward Chairback Mountain. It’s civilized (good footing, steady slopes) only until you reach the foot of the cliffs below the summit. There the trail gives you a little taste of Mahoosuc Notch (huge boulders with no obvious way through) followed by a little taste of Beaver Brook Trail (steep scrambling on big gnarly rocks), followed by a long steep section where extensive stone step work has been done (reminiscent of St. John’s Ledges). In all, it was a notable little climb because of the severe steepness and the memories it evoked. Up on the summit ledge of Chairback, the trail gives you views across the Gulf Hagas area (apparently the 'grand canyon of Maine' itself is hidden by a low ridge flanking the mountain) toward Whitecap Mountain, and with another glimpse of Katahdin. Coming off Chairback Mountain (continuing southbound) the trail drops into a narrow gap or ‘notch’ and then climbs straight up a horribly eroded wall of a trail to where the Chairback Gap Lean-To sits. Down in the ravine the trail has been relocated to avoid a bog. The signs on the south side of the bog seem to direct the hiker up a false side trail to the shelter, when in fact there is no side trail at all—The AT literally passes under the overhanging roof of the Lean-To. Beyond the shelter the ascent continues and the trail remains fairly difficult as it reaches the summit of Columbus Mountain. The reward for reaching this high-point is a very limited viewpoint from some rocks. The actual summit has no views. The best views of the day com from the exposed bedrock slabs on top of Third Mountain. Here there is a fine view of the sprawling Long Pond. Between Columbus and Third Mountains the sag crosses the outlet stream of West Chairback Pond. There’s a side trail leading 0.2 miles to the pond. Reach the turn-around point at the Third Mountain side trail after 5½ hours or more of pretty strenuous hiking. Show more
#5 - Gulf Hasas Mountain and West Peak
Appalachian Mountain Club 100 Mile Wilderness Conservation Area
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Length: 15.3 mi • Est. 8 h 10 m
#6 - Nations Nature Trail
Appalachian Mountain Club 100 Mile Wilderness Conservation Area
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
At Little Lyford Lodge in the 100 mile wilderness.Show more