Northwest Basin

Millinocket, Maine

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The Northwest Basin, one of Katahdin’s three basins, is surrounded by towering cliffs and rugged mountains. It takes two days to get there. The first is an easy hike to Russell Pond. The second, a shorter but more challenging hike to Davis Pond in the heart of the basin. Following the Northwest Basin Trail over Northwest Plateau and then hiking down Hamlin Ridge makes the three-day trip a loop. This challenging hike visits some of Baxter’s more remote and spectacular scenery. Katahdin has three major glacial-carved basins: Great, North, and Northwest. The Northwest Basin is the most remote and least visited. The cliffs that arc around the basin are among the highest in the park, rising nearly vertically almost 1,000 feet. Ribbons of water crash down their face, lling fi Davis Pond. From atop the moraine at the mouth of Northwest Basin, you have an incredible view of the basin and the mountains to the north and across The Klondike.
Hiking Maine's Baxter State Park

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Hiking Maine's Baxter State Park

by Greg Westrich (Falcon Guides)

The Northwest Basin, one of Katahdin’s three basins, is surrounded by towering cliffs and rugged mountains. It takes two days to get there. The first is an easy hike to Russell Pond. The second, a shorter but more challenging hike to Davis Pond in the heart of the basin. Following the Northwest Basin Trail over Northwest Plateau and then hiking down Hamlin Ridge makes the three-day trip a loop. This challenging hike visits some of Baxter’s more remote and spectacular scenery.

Katahdin has three major glacial-carved basins: Great, North, and Northwest. The Northwest Basin is the most remote and least visited. The cliffs that arc around the basin are among the highest in the park, rising nearly vertically almost 1,000 feet. Ribbons of water crash down their face, lling fi Davis Pond. From atop the moraine at the mouth of Northwest Basin, you have an incredible view of the basin and the mountains to the north and across The Klondike.

© 2017 Greg Westrich/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Millinocket
Distance: 22.5
Elevation Gain: 5,142 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 days
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: DeLorme’s The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 50; Mount Katahdin and Katahdin Lake; Baxter State Park.
Driving Directions: Directions to Northwest Basin

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