Northwest Basin Trail

Baxter State Park, Maine

Elevation Gain4,461ft
Trailhead Elevation1,340ft
Elevation Min/Max1324/4675ft
Elevation Start/End1340/1340ft

Northwest Basin Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Russell Pond Trail, Hamlin Ridge Trail, Saddle Trail and North Peaks Trail.

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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."

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Trail Information

Baxter State Park
Nearby City
Baxter State Park
Skill Level
DeLorme’s The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 50; Mount Katahdin and Katahdin Lake; Baxter State Park.
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