North Peaks Trail

Baxter State Park, Maine

Elevation Gain3,564ft
Trailhead Elevation4,635ft
Elevation Min/Max1483/4741ft
Elevation Start/End4635/4635ft

North Peaks Trail

North Peaks Trail is a hiking trail in Piscataquis County, Maine. It is within Baxter State Park. It is 4.8 miles long and begins at 4,635 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,564 feet. Howe Peaks (elevation 4,646 feet) can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Caribou Spring. This trail connects with the following: Hamlin Ridge Trail, Hamlin Peak Cut-Off and Northwest Basin Trail.

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Hiking Maine's Baxter State Park (Falcon Guides)
Greg Westrich
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"The hike follows Chimney Pond Trail, then climbs the incredibly steep Hamlin Ridge. The sides of which drop away almost vertically. You have spectacular views in every direction. From Hamlin Peak, you descend to Caribou Spring, then cross a series of loose-rocked summits arrayed atop North Basin’s nearly vertical headwall. These summits are collectively known as the North Peaks. From the fifth peak, the trail turns north and descends across a series of knobs to tree line with fine views. When most people think of Katahdin, they think of Baxter and the other peaks around the Great Basin. Everyone wants to climb Maine’s highest mountain and stand atop the iconic mountain." Read more

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Baxter State Park
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Baxter State Park
DeLorme’s The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer maps 50 and 51; Mount Katahdin and Katahdin Lake; Baxter State Park.
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Dec 2018