South Turner Mountain/Sandy Stream Pond Trail

New City, Maine

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A great introductory hike to Baxter State Park combined with a visit to a beautiful pond frequented by moose. This trip is an excellent introduction to the spectacular hiking opportunities within Baxter State Park. The height-of-land atop South Turner Mountain provides some of the best views in the park, and a near perfect panorama of the entire east face of the Katahdin massif. The route described here combines a hike to South Turner’s craggy summit with a side loop around Sandy Stream Pond on the return. The pond is an outstanding place to sight moose and other wildlife, especially at dawn and dusk.
Discover Maine

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Discover Maine

by Ty Wivell (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

A great introductory hike to Baxter State Park combined with a visit to a beautiful pond frequented by moose. This trip is an excellent introduction to the spectacular hiking opportunities within Baxter State Park.

The height-of-land atop South Turner Mountain provides some of the best views in the park, and a near perfect panorama of the entire east face of the Katahdin massif. The route described here combines a hike to South Turner’s craggy summit with a side loop around Sandy Stream Pond on the return. The pond is an outstanding place to sight moose and other wildlife, especially at dawn and dusk.

©  Ty Wivell/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: New City
Distance: 5.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Local Contacts: Baxter State Park Reservation Clerk
Local Maps: USGS Mount Katahdin
Driving Directions: Directions to South Turner Mountain/Sandy Stream Pond Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/1/2007
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Trail was mostly flat for the first part, then reaching the base of the mountain, it became very steep. Was fairly difficult for me, who is not a regular hiker, but it was certainly worth it! Beautiful view at the top, though it was extremely windy due to the exposed rock and lack of tree cover (made for an interesting adventure for the last 500 feet).



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