“This trail has a shelter, follows streams, and is a great addition to long loops.”
— Brad Willis
Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife · Commonly Backpacked
Shelters and fires are on this route with reservations required to use.
The park usually closes in October due to the weather on Mount Katahdin. Must get reservations and only use designated camping areas, which are mostly lean-to shelters. Cabins are at Russell Pond as well.
The Wassataquoik Stream Trail starts and ends on junctions with the Russell Pond Trail
. This trail is commonly used as part of longer loops or backpacking adventures within the park.
As mapped, the Wassataquoik Stream Trail heads east off Russell Pond Trail
just past the crossing of Turner Brook. The trail follows a singletrack trail between Turner Brook and Wassataquoik Stream as it ever so slightly descends to the junction of these two streams. The trail crosses Turner Brook and after about 0.2 more miles reaches the junction of Grand Falls Trail which heads off to the north.
There is a shelter at this junction as well as the joining of Wassataquoik Stream and South Branch Wassataquoik Stream. This is a great place to stop and rest along the trail, and is an excellent overnight stop if one is backpacking.
From here, the trail continues south, following South Branch Wassataquoik Stream. The trail gently climbs the rest of its length and rejoins Russell Pond Trail
after a total of 3.8 miles.
Plenty of water is to be found along this trail. Make sure all water is filtered (beavers) and adhere to Park rules and regulations. No tenting without permission or on designated areas. Beavers are everywhere and may provide challenges on the trail due to water covering trails. Fires are permitted at all sites along the trail in the fire rings provided. Please go to the Baxter State Park website for further information on times and reservations needed for entry into the park.
Flora & Fauna
Blueberries (August) and ferns adorn this route. Maple, Birch, and Oaks are everywhere. Moose, Deer, Beaver, and Fox have been seen on this route. Birds and other creatures fill in the voids.