South Turner Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The summit of South Turner Mountain offers the best view of Katahdin there is. The hike up the mountain is relatively flat to and around Sandy Stream Pond. There are three side trails of bog boards to the pond that give you a chance to look for moose and ducks.
Beyond the pond the trail is very steep up South Turner Mountain; the final push to the summit is up a slide of loose rocks. From the summit you not only have the best view of Katahdin, but also can see almost all of Baxter State Park and the North Woods beyond."
--Greg Westrich, Hiking Maine: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
"Arguably the finest view of Mount Katahdin, the proximity of South Turner Mountain to Maine’s highest point provides an unbelievable vantage point to gaze upon the many ravines and ridges that shape its eastern slopes. The 2-mile trip to the top, although short, is an exhilarating workout. In fact, most of the 1700-foot elevation gain takes place in the final 1.2 miles. Preceding and following the relentless trail to the 3122-foot summit is a relaxing 0.7-mile jaunt past Sandy Stream Pond, where similar Katahdin views abound along with frequent, intimate glimpses of resident moose."
--Jeffrey Romano, 100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books).
"The summit of South Turner Mountain offers the best view of Katahdin from the east. The hike is relatively ?at, to and around Sandy Stream Pond. There are three side trails of bog boards to the pond that give you a chance to look for moose and ducks. Beyond the pond, the trail is very steep up South Turner Mountain. The ?nal push to the summit ascends a slide of loose rocks."
--Greg Westrich, Hiking Maine's Baxter State Park (Falcon Guides).
"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, Discover Maine (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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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