South Branch Mountain Trail

Patten, Maine

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Like most non-Katahdin hikes in Baxter State Park, the 6.8-mile loop up and over the more diminutive South Branch Mountain is a scenic adventure where you are more apt to stumble upon a cow moose browsing with her calf than fellow hikers sharing the area’s beauty. In addition to abundant wildlife, this loop passes two scenic ponds and climbs over an open summit still feeling the effects of a fire that swept through the area more than a century ago. With views of nearby Traveler Mountain and the more distant Mount Katahdin, the hike over South Branch Mountain is a scenic trip to a quiet corner in Maine’s most famous state park.
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)

Like most non-Katahdin hikes in Baxter State Park, the 6.8-mile loop up and over the more diminutive South Branch Mountain is a scenic adventure where you are more apt to stumble upon a cow moose browsing with her calf than fellow hikers sharing the area’s beauty.

In addition to abundant wildlife, this loop passes two scenic ponds and climbs over an open summit still feeling the effects of a fire that swept through the area more than a century ago. With views of nearby Traveler Mountain and the more distant Mount Katahdin, the hike over South Branch Mountain is a scenic trip to a quiet corner in Maine’s most famous state park.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Patten
Distance: 6.8
Elevation Gain: 2,175 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: May through October
Trailhead Elevation: 1,005 feet
Top Elevation: 2,599 feet
Local Contacts: Baxter State Park
Local Maps: USGS Wassataquoik Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to South Branch Mountain Trail

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