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Mount Katahdin's Chimney Pond Trail - Baxter State Park
Hiking & Scenery


Chimney Pond and Mt Katahdin
Hiking on Baxter State Park's Mt. Katahdin

Chimney Pond Trail on Mt. Katahdin

Roaring Brook Campground to Chimney Pond

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 3¼ mile
Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

This trail, following Roaring Brook from Roaring Brook Campground, is a main artery from the south entrance of Baxter State Park to the base of Katahdin. It gets heavy use during the peak of the season and parking is always an issue. It is best to reserve a parking spot in advance.

From Roaring Brook Campground, bear west (left) from the junction sign. The trail continues along an old tote road, then crosses a brook to its northeast bank. At approximately 2¼ mile, the trail passes the south shore of Lower Basin Pond and enters the horseshoe-shaped valley of the Great Basin, which was carved by an ancient glacier. Still heading west, the trail ascends along mossy boulders and a rocky, root-bound footway. The North Basin Cut-off Trail will be on your right. Many footbridges are encountered from here on as the trail crosses a wetland area. The trail passes south of Dry Pond (wet only in spring or after a heavy rain) and soon reaches a junction with the North Basin Traill, which leads north (right) to Blueberry Knoll and/or the Hamlin Ridge Trail. Continuing southwest 0.3 of a mile, the trail passes a bunkhouse and terminates at a junction within sight of Chimney Pond.

"It was so awe-inspiring as we started our climb in full sunshine and then the clouds began to creep over the top of the ridge and obscure the summit. Soon after we reached the top the clouds gave way to the sun again and wow! The views were spectacular. It was a most rewarding adventure and experience that we shall never forget. What an awesome mountain is the great Katahdin." - Dale & Vickie Bynum, Texas

Other Trails on Mt. Katahdin

The following are the popular trails going up Mt. Katahdin. Each trail features a page of photos so you can get a close look at what they are like.

Abol Trail

Abol Campground to Thoreau Spring

Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 2¾ mile
Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

...Abol Trail Details and Photos

Hunt Trail

Northern End of Appalachian Trail - Katahdin Stream Campground to Baxter Peak

Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 5¼ mile
Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes

...Hunt Trail Details and Photos

Cathedral Trail

Chimney Pond to Baxter Peak, the "hard" way

Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 1¾ mile
Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes

...Cathedral Trail Details and Photos

Saddle Trail

Chimney Pond to Baxter Peak, the "easier" way

Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 2¼ mile
Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

...Saddle Trail Details and Photos

Knife Edge Trail

Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 1 mile
Time: 1 hour

...Knife Edge Trail Details and Photos

Dudley Trail

Chimney Pond to Pamola Peak

Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 1¼ mile
Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

...Dudley Trail Details and Photos

Helon Taylor Trail

Roaring Brook to Pamola Peak

Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 3¼ mile
Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes

...Helon Taylor Trail Details and Photos

Park Season & Gate Hours

For safety reasons, rangers at Baxter Park require you to start your hikes early enough to safely finish in daytime. The times are available at our lodge.

Additional Park Info

For more information on Baxter State Park, visit:

www.baxterstateparkauthority.com
www.friendsofbaxter.org


Click on Photo for a
detailed Blow Up View

Baxter Peak from Chimney Pond
Baxter Peak on Mt Katahdin from Chimney Pond

Chimney Pond toward Katahdin
Chimney Pond toward Katahdin

Chimney Pond
Chimney Pond

Chimney Pond
Chimney Pond

Hamlin Ridge and Saddle Slide
Hamlin Ridge and Saddle Slide

Chimney Pond  from Knife Edge Trail
Chimney Pond from Knife Edge


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