Big Moose Mountain

Greenville, Maine

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Big Moose Mountain dominates the skyline west of Moosehead Lake. The trail climbs through hardwood forests of beech and maple past the abandoned fire warden’s cabin. Beyond the cabin the trail climbs steeply up stone stairs. Above the stairs the trail climbs through spruce and fir to the open summit. The summit offers views across Moosehead Lake to Katahdin. To the north and west are views of endless wilderness dotted with mountains. The trail up Big Moose Mountain has been in use since 1905. That year the first continuously manned fire tower in the country was built on the mountain’s summit. Two years earlier more than 200,000 acres of Maine forest land had burned in one dry summer. The M.G. Shaw Lumber Company felt the need to protect its forest resources from future fires. They constructed their first tower on Big Moose Mountain, followed by a number of others over the next several years. In 1908, after another bad fire season, the state took over operation of all the fire towers in the state.
Best Easy Day Hikes Greenville, Maine

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Best Easy Day Hikes Greenville, Maine

by Greg Westrich (Falcon Guides)

Big Moose Mountain dominates the skyline west of Moosehead Lake. The trail climbs through hardwood forests of beech and maple past the abandoned fire warden’s cabin. Beyond the cabin the trail climbs steeply up stone stairs. Above the stairs the trail climbs through spruce and fir to the open summit. The summit offers views across Moosehead Lake to Katahdin. To the north and west are views of endless wilderness dotted with mountains.

The trail up Big Moose Mountain has been in use since 1905. That year the first continuously manned fire tower in the country was built on the mountain’s summit. Two years earlier more than 200,000 acres of Maine forest land had burned in one dry summer. The M.G. Shaw Lumber Company felt the need to protect its forest resources from future fires. They constructed their first tower on Big Moose Mountain, followed by a number of others over the next several years. In 1908, after another bad fire season, the state took over operation of all the fire towers in the state.

© 2016 Greg Westrich/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenville
Distance: 4.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: May to Oct
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Maine Public Reserved Lands, (207) 7788231, www.maine.gov/littlemoose
Local Maps: Delorme: The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41; USGS Big Moose Pond
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Moose Mountain

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