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Chimney Pond Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.0 mile 4.8 kilometer point to point
81% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,348' 411 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 2,928' 893 m
Low: 1,580' 482 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 20% (12°)

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Trail shared by Dylan Graves

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

Dylan Graves

Features River/Creek · Views

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 run 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 running 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 run 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.

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Jul 14, 2019
Phil Baumbach

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