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Chimney Pond Trail

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A well-used, rocky trail with stunning views leading to a basecamp for the highest summit in Maine.


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3.0

Miles

4.8

KM

Point to Point

2,928' 893 m

High

1,580' 482 m

Low

1,348' 411 m

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Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly A fun, beautiful and relatively easy trail for families.

Seasonal closures exist due to impassable roads. Check the Baxter State Park Authority Website.

Description

From the trailhead at the Roaring Brook Campground, keep right past the Helon Taylor Trail and follow the well-beaten path along Roaring Brook. The trail is relatively rocky and is a definite workout as you hike up to the Chimney Pond Campground. The trail is in very good shape; it is obvious that the park has committed workers to keep their trails in great shape.

From the end of the trail at Chimney Pond Campground, you can access Dudley Trail, Saddle Trail, or Cathedral Trail, all of which lead to the Katahdin summit (although Dudley's approach will be via the Knife's Edge). Be sure to check in at the ranger station before heading off higher on the mountain, however.

I would suggest bringing water and sturdy hiking footwear, because the trail can be pretty rocky and rooted at spots. In the spring, or after a rain, prepare to get wet! The trail can get pretty saturated pretty fast.

All in all, a great hike in a great place. It has great views of Katahdin and of the surrounding North Maine Woods!

Flora & Fauna

This is a good moose-spotting area, especially when there are fewer people around. in the spring and in the fall, they will be in abundance.

Contacts

Land Manager: Baxter State Park

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Dylan Graves

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  4.3 from 4 votes

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Jun 26, 2021
David Perkins
Jul 18, 2020
Alicia Hull
Used it for roaring brook to saddle trail to baxter peak. 6mi
Jul 3, 2019
Emma Stoltze
Aug 16, 2018
Victoria M
Jul 6, 2018
Jennifer Buckalew
Jul 9, 2017
Tyler Neville
Sep 26, 2016
St Ly
Jul 22, 2016
Jenna McCarthy
2h 30m