Mount Kineo, with its steep and exposed cliffs, rises some 800 feet from the waters of Moosehead Lake. The sheer-sided mountain sits on a tiny peninsula in the center of the lake and is a magnet for summer hikers, who take a boat or ferry from the public launch in Rockwood and shuttle the short 0.8-mile distance to the foot of the rocky mountain. However, in the winter, you can park at the town dock lot (on Village Road, off Route 15) and cross the frozen lake on foot. The lake’s ice conditions vary of course, with the season.
There are three trails that lead from the Carriage Trail to the top of Kineo; the Indian Trail is the steepest and most difficult but also the trail with the most dramatic views along the way. Care should be taken in all conditions, but don’t attempt it at all if the trail is icy or the weather dicey. Opt instead for a hike to the summit via the gentler Bridle Trail or North Trail, which climbs the northeast slope of Kineo. No matter which trail you choose, you won’t be disappointed. The views from the top of 1789-foot Mount Kineo, of Moosehead Lake and surrounding northern Maine forests, are splendid.
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