Northwest Basin Trail is a hiking trail in Piscataquis County, Maine. It is within Baxter State Park. It is 8.0 miles long and begins at 1,340 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,461 feet. The Davis Pond Lean-to shelter can be seen along the trail.
Northwest Basin Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Greg Westrich, Hiking Maine's Baxter State Park (Falcon Guides).
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