No matter your interest or hiking ability, the Katahdin Region has a variety of trails and hikes to suit you. We are home to Baxter State Park where Maine's tallest peak - Mt. Katahdin, and the Northern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail are found, as well as the Gulf Hagus, better known as the "Grand Canyon of the East".  Hundreds of miles of hiking trails can be found in BSP, The North Maine Woods and throughout the region.  Whether you prefer a small, self-guided hike or an adrenaline pumping summit of Mt. Katahdin, the Katahdin Region is where it’s at!


Hiking in the Katahdin Region would not be possible without the support of private landowners and access to their lands. Please respect the land, stay on marked trails, always carry-in and carry-out, do not remove plants, do not feed the wildlife and stay a respectful distance from any wild animals and birds. When hiking in Baxter State Park, North Maine Woods and The Nature Conservancy, please follow their rules

Difficulty: Strenuous Distance: 5 miles (round trip) Time: Varied

The parking lot is south of the Golden Road, five miles west of Abol Bridge. The turn is an unmarked road at the top of the hill just west of the sign for Horserace Brook campsite. Follow the dirt road several hundred yeards and park at the trailhead near Horserace Brook.

After parking, walk 1/2 mile along a small stream to the intersection of the Horserace Pond Trail and the Blue Trail. The Blue Trail is the left fork and is a steeper 2.3 mile hike past Clifford and Woodman ponds, ending at Rainbow Lake., This trail is strenuous, so bring good shoes and plenty of drinking water. The path leads through some remarkable stands of old-frowth forest and loops around Clifford and Woodman ponds. Rainbow Lake, the end of the trail, is the largest of the lakes in the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area, and is a great spot to see loons and bald eagles. It is also one of seven lakes in Maine with arctic char, a native fish related to salmon and trout.

Difficulty: Easy Length: 1.4 miles Time: An hour or less

This little gem is a great option for children or anyone who is looking for a nature walk with no elevation gain. It is located in Baxter State Park within sight of Togue Pond Gatehouse. The Cranberry Pond trail winds through the forest to arrive at a small pond – Cranberry Pond. Keep your eyes open for all sorts of bog plants, from cranberries to tiny sundew plants! Be sure to stay on the bog bridges to protect the plants and keep your feet drier. The trail is marked with blue blazes. Bring a picnic lunch and before or after your hike, enjoy the sand beach, the beautiful view of Katahdin and swimming at Togue Pond.

Difficulty: Easy Distance: 3 miles round trip Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Debsconeag Ice Caves leave no mystery to what they offer; underground caves with ice-coated walls. This 1+ mile hike weaves through tall pine trees overlooking First Debsconeag Lake. The terrain is uneven, with rocky ground under foot, but easy enough for young children and family groups. For those wishing to climb down into the caves, there are metal rungs (courtesy of The Nature Conservancy) that allow you to do so. After exploring the caves, hike to the scenic lookout or down to the lake itself for breathtaking views of the Debsconeag Lakes. First Debsconeag Lake and the Ice Cave will be to you left. To the East you will see Debsconeag Deadwater and a big, white sand beach called Omaha Beach.

Difficulty:  Difficult/Strenuous  Distance:  8.9 miles total with shorter less strenuous trails  Time: ½ to a full day

Gulf Hagas is known as “The Grand Canyon of Maine” and provides hikers with numerous, beautiful waterfalls, breathtaking views of the gulf, the Pleasant River, rapids, old growth pine and more. The gorge measures 4 miles long with 300-400 foot high slate walls. This 8.5-mile loop trail begins with a river crossing into Screwauger Falls and includes views of waterfalls, chutes and pools. 

If you have young children or are a new hiker, it is possible to hike 4 miles in from the lower end of the Gulf to see Screw Auger Falls or hike 3 miles from the Upper Gulf Parking area to see Stair and Billing Falls.  Bring a daypack, proper footwear, water, food and a map.  Leashed dogs are welcome.

 
Difficulty: Easy     Distance: 4 miles (round trip)     Time: 2-3 hours


The parking lot is south of the Golden Road, five miles west of Abol Bridge. The turn is an unmarked road at the top of the hill just west of the sign for Horserace Brook campsite. Follow the dirt road several hundred yeards and park at the trailhead near Horserace Brook.

After parking, walk 1/2 mile along a small stream to the intersection of the Horserace Pond Trail and the Blue Trail. Turn right to go to Horserace Pond. This trail continues to meander along the picturesque Horserace Brook that drains the pond, as well as through a stand of old-growth hemlock. The pristine Horserace Pond is surrounded by deep green conifers and granite cliffs and boulders. There are three backcountry campsites on the banks of the pond.


Difficulty:  Easy     Distance: .1.65 miles     Time: Varied

 
The Michael Michaud Walking & Biking Trail is a 1.65 mile loop that meanders along Millinocket Stream in Downtown Millinocket. The trail is paved with signage and is wheelchair-friendly. Local citizens have spent countless hours planting flowers, trees and plants along the trail to create a lovely landscape for your enjoyment. Occasionally, Canadian geese and ducks can be seen floating along the stream.

Beginning on Congress Street in Crandall Park, head north back toward Central Street to enjoy views of the stream. The trail turns right along Summer Street and then left to follow along State Street. Cross Central Street, turn right for one block, and then left onto Water Street. At Spring Street turn left and then right back onto State Street. At the bridge across Millinocket Stream, pause and take in the view. After crossing the stream, the trail loops around the back of Stearns High School and parallels the stream to Forest Avenue. After crossing Central Street for a second time, the trail runs along Ash Street and Millinocket Stream. As Ash Street ends, the trail picks up on a path around Granite Street School. At Granite Street, turn right to cross Millinocket Stream and right again on the path through Crandall Park back to your starting point. A map is available for download here though there is plenty of signage on the way to direct you.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate     Distance: 1.5 to 2.5 miles     Time: Approximately 1 hour from base to top


Mt. Chase is a fairly easy climb for adults and children. To reach the trail, head north on Route 11.  At 6.5 miles north of Patten, turn left onto a dirt road. Most vehicles can drive this road. Once you park, walk over the level field to the trail, where you will find a crude sign marking it.

Most of the climb is in the forest below the tree line where you will find assorted flora, mosses, birds and small mammals. At the top is a 200 sq. foot granite plate, which is a nice spot for a picnic. Views include Sugarlaof Mountain, Upper and Lower Shin Ponds and breathtaking views of Katahdin and all the peaks in Baxter State Park.

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