Chimney Pond

Millinocket, Maine

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Surrounded on three sides by soaring granite cliffs, Chimney Pond sits in the mountainous heart of Baxter State Park. Overhead looms mile-high Baxter Peak—northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail—which is connected to neighboring Pamola Peak by the mile-long arête, the Knife Edge. Together, this towering massif is commonly referred to by one name: Katahdin. From the pond and its adjacent campground, wild and adventurous trails scrape their way up the mountain flanks. Come enjoy the view and the challenge of Maine’s mightiest mountain.
AMC's Best Backpacking in New England

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AMC's Best Backpacking in New England

by Matt Heid (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Surrounded on three sides by soaring granite cliffs, Chimney Pond sits in the mountainous heart of Baxter State Park. Overhead looms mile-high Baxter Peak—northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail—which is connected to neighboring Pamola Peak by the mile-long arête, the Knife Edge.

Together, this towering massif is commonly referred to by one name: Katahdin. From the pond and its adjacent campground, wild and adventurous trails scrape their way up the mountain flanks. Come enjoy the view and the challenge of
Maine’s mightiest mountain.

© 2014 Matt Heid/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Millinocket
Distance: 11
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1-3 Days
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500 feet
Top Elevation: 4,300 feet
Local Contacts: Baxter State Park, 64 Balsam Drive, Millinocket, ME 04462, 207-723-5140, baxterstateparkauthority.com. For detailed route descriptions beyond Chimney Pond, consult AMC’s Maine Mountain Guide, 10th Edition.
Local Maps: Maine Mountain Guide, Map 1: Baxter State Park / Katahdin, AMC Books, Katahdin Illustrated Map and Guide, Wiilderness Map Company
Driving Directions: Directions to Chimney Pond

Recent Trail Reviews

8/8/2009
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Qued at Togue Pond Gate, 4AM. We were number 15 in line! Started our hike from Roaring Brook at around 5:45 AM. Arrived at Chimney Pond at 8:15 AM. It was as if we started in Maine and the trail ended in Yosemite! The views at CP were outstanding! It was a beautiful day and as previously mentioned this is a typical New England trail, roots, rocks and in some places a bit wet. Overall it was a nice warm up before our assent up Saddle Trail. Trail Sign Mile Markers did seem to be a bit off.


7/16/2009
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I only hiked the 3.3 mile (6.6 r/t) portion from the Roaring Brook camp ground to Chimney Pond. I must agree with stevenbos, the trail is no more exciting then a (hardy) walk in the woods; however, the destination is worth the hike! The views at Chimney pond are amazing and here is the start of several serious trails up Katahdin.


7/11/2009
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Chimney Pond typical New England trail of rocks, roots and mud. Nice views of Basin Ponds. However brought us to Cathedral Trail and The Knife Edge which surpass any of the traiis we have been on in Northern New England having recently climbed in Presidential Range and Washington.



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