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Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park

 

 

 

Location: Piscataquis County   Map

Area: 209,501 acres (847.8 km²)

Camping:

Reserve sites at least 5 months before a trip.

Tel. (207) 723 5140

Fee: $6 per person per night

 

 

 

Description of Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park is a small pristine stretch of forest in the Piscataquis County of Maine state. It covers a total area of 209,501 acres (847.8 km²). . Baxter State Park is named in honor of a former Maine Governor Percival P. Baxter who formed the park in 1931 by donating first 5,960 acres to the state. The highest peak in the boundaries of Baxter State Park is Baxter Peak that raises to an elevation of 5,267 feet (1,605 m) as part of cluster of mountains known as Mount Katahdin.
 
Baxter State Park is particularly popular among climbers who come here to scale the cliffs. Aside of numerous small rivers and streams the park contains several lakes including Grand Lake Matagamon, Webster Lake, and Nesowadnehunk Lake. Additionally there is a network of hiking trails in Baxter State Park with a total length of over 200 miles. The hardest trail is a climb to Baxter Peak, while the easiest and less strenuous are hikes to the Big and Little Niagara Falls. Additionaly there are 10 campgrounds within boundaries of Baxter State Park, which include Roaring Brook, Abol, Katahdin Stream, Nesowadnehunk, South Branch Pond Trout Brook Farm, Chimney Pond, Russell Pond, Daicey Pond and Kidney Pond.

 

Trail

Route

Miles

Appalachian Trail

Park line to Katahdin Stream

4.95

Abol Trail

Abol to Thoreau Spring

2.76

Hunt Trail

Katahdin Stream to Baxter Peak

5.19

The Owl Trail

Katahdin Stream to the Owl

3.00

O.J.I. Trail

Perimeter road to O.J.I

2.71

Sentinel Mt. Trail

Kidney Pond to Sentinel Mt.

2.60

Doubletop Mt. Trail

Nesowadnehunk to Kidney Pond

7.80

Marston Trail

Slide Dam to North Brother

4.24

Webster Lake Trail

Black Brook to Webster Lake

7.20

Freezeout Trail

Webster Lake to Second Lake Matagamon

9.0

Freezeout Trail

Second Lake Matagamon to Trout Brook Farm

6.10

Trout Brook Mt. Trail

Trout Brook Farm to Trout Brook Mt.

1.30

Horse Mt. Trail

Perimeter road to Horse Mt. Tower

1.35

Fowler Pond Trail

Perimeter road to Fowler Pond

2.00

Middle Fowler Trail

So. Branch Pond to Middle Fowler Pond

4.10

So. Branch Falls Trail

So. Branch Pond road to the falls

0.43

So. Branch Mt. Trail

So. Branch Pond to Pogy Notch Trail via Black Cat. Mt.

4 06

North Traveler Trail

So. Branch Pond to North Traveler

2.55

Center Ridge Trail

Pogy Notch Trail to the Traveler

1.75

Pogy Notch Trail

So. Branch Pond to the Traveler

9.61

Lookout Trail

Russell Pond Campground to The Lookout Ledge

1.25

Grand Falls Trail

Russell Pond to Grand Falls via Inscription Rock

2.75

Wassataquoik Lake Trail

Russell Pond to Wassataquoik Lake

2.70

Wassataquoik Lake Trail

Wassataquoik Lake to Nesowadnehunk Field

8.30

Russell Pond Trail

Russell Pond to Roaring Brook

7.00

Howe(north) Peaks Trail

Russell Pond to Hamlin Peak

6.85

Northwest Basin Trail

Russell Pond to The Saddle

7.96

So. Turner Mt. Trail

Roaring Brook to S. Turner Mt. via Sandy Stream Pond

2.00

Whidden Pond Trail

Sandy Stream Pond to Whidden Pond

0.90

Helon Taylor Trail

Roaring Brook to Pamola

3.16

Knife Edge Trail

Pamola to Baxter Peak

1.10

Chimney Pond Trail

Roaring Brook to Chimney Pond

3.30

Dudley Trail

Chimney Pond to Pamola

1.25

Cathedral Trail

Chimney Pond to Baxter Peak

1.70

Saddle Trail

Chimney Pond to Baxter Peak

2.17

Hamlin Ridge Trail

Chimney Pond to Hamlin Peak

1.95

North Basin Trail

Chimney Pond Trail to No. Basin Ponds

1.25

 

 

Appalachian Trail to Mt. Katahdin

Distance: 46 mi (74 km)

Duration: 6 days

Difficulty: medium- hard

Start/ End point: Lake Nahmakanta- Katahdin Stream Campground

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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