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Northwest Basin Trail

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 4.5 (2)

Easy at first followed by a wet spaniel scramble to the NW plateau.


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8.1

Miles

13.1

KM

Point to Point

4,650' 1,417 m

High

1,337' 408 m

Low

3,433' 1,046 m

Up

484' 147 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

92%

Max Grade (43°)

Dogs Unknown

Description

The first few miles of this trail are a gradual climb that is very doable. As you get to the ponds, it gets a bit more tricky but the views open up of the most remote basin in Baxter. The boulders get bigger as do the holes between them. Part of the trail follows a steep stream on bedrock for a bit. A quick side trip to Davis pond is worth it.

Up from Davis pond, it is very wet, steep and mossy. Turn off the Russell Pond Trail at 6.4 miles (10.3k) and take it until you get to the Saddle Trail at about 13.3 miles (21.4k) above treeline. Once up on the ridge, the views are great.

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Bryan Gagner

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  4.5 from 2 votes

#1

in Russell Pond

#8498

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  4.5 from 2 votes
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in Russell Pond

#123

in Maine

#8,498

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The Northwest Basin Trail
Mar 27, 2015 near Patten, ME
Overlooking the Northwest Basin
Mar 27, 2015 near Patten, ME

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