Wild, rugged, remote, and dramatically beautiful . . . Chimney Pond, nestled in a semi-circular glacial bowl at the foot of towering, 1000-foot cliffs on the northeast side of Mount Katahdin, is arguably one of the prettiest hike-in spots in New England. Backcountry hikers, skiers, winter climbers, and snowshoers book months in advance for the privilege of staying in the bunkhouse or lean-tos clustered around the pond. It is one of Baxter State Park’s most sought-after destinations, and for good reason.
Make the long, two-day trek into Chimney Pond, and you’ll have unparalleled views of Katahdin’s South Basin and surrounding wilderness. The path, though well trodden, should not be taken lightly. The four-day, up-and-back hike is long, sometimes strenuous, and, like all backcountry winter travel, requires planning and preparation. You’ll need advance reservations to camp the first night at Roaring Brook and the second at Chimney Pond. Winter road access into Baxter State Park is very limited and often sketchy.
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