Mount Kineo Trail

Rockwood, Maine

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Rising above Moosehead Lake’s deepest waters, Mount Kineo’s 700-foot cliffs stand guard over the largest body of fresh water in Maine. Native Americans who ventured to this location in search of stone for tools described the mountain as a large moose slain by the gods. By the nineteenth century, Kineo lured countless tourists venturing north by train and steamship to stay at the immense Victorian hotel that once stood beneath the towering cliffs. Today, summer homes still dot the shorefront, but in 1990 more than 800 acres on the peninsula were permanently protected as public reserved land, with assistance from the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and funding from the Land for Maine’s Future Program. Thanks to these efforts, hikers can continue to scale Mount Kineo’s steep slopes and enjoy one of the finest views in northern Maine. The trailhead is located on a peninsula on the other side of the lake.
Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast

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Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast

by Jeffrey Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Rising above Moosehead Lake’s deepest waters, Mount Kineo’s 700-foot cliffs stand guard over the largest body of fresh water in Maine. Native Americans who ventured to this location in search of stone for tools described the mountain as a large moose slain by the gods. By the nineteenth century, Kineo lured countless tourists venturing north by train and steamship to stay at the immense Victorian hotel that once stood beneath the towering cliffs.

Today, summer homes still dot the shorefront, but in 1990 more than 800 acres on the peninsula were permanently protected as public reserved land, with assistance from the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and funding from the Land for Maine’s Future Program. Thanks to these efforts, hikers can continue to scale Mount Kineo’s steep slopes and enjoy one of the finest views in northern Maine. The trailhead is located on a peninsula on the other side of the lake.

©  Jeffrey Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rockwood
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 760 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: May through October
Trailhead Elevation: 1,027 feet
Top Elevation: 1,790 feet
Local Contacts: Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
Local Maps: USGS Mount Kineo and Brassua Lake East
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Kineo Trail

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