Trout Brook Moutain Trail is a hiking trail in Piscataquis County, Maine. It is within Baxter State Park. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 693 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,140 feet. The trail ends near the Trout Brook Mountain Trailhead information guidepost.
Trout Brook Moutain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Trout Brook Mountain is part of the mass of rhyolite bedrock that includes all the mountains in northeastern Baxter State Park. The hike climbs steadily with several open ledges, offering views north across Grand Lake Matagamon and of the scattered mountains of Aroostook County. The open areas along the trail and the summit are covered with blueberries. As you munch blueberries on the summit, you can look south, through the ever-growing forest, to The Traveler.The trail up Trout Brook Mountain climbs steadily up the mountain’s northern flank through a mixed forest to the fist set of ledges. The ledge is a steep section of the ridge that won’t hold soil, exposing the crumbling rhyolite bedrock. All the mountains from Trout Brook Mountain south to Russell Pond are the remnants of an ancient volcanic eruption."
--Greg Westrich, Hiking Maine's Baxter State Park (Falcon Guides).
"It may not be Katahdin, but children will nonetheless be proud to reach the peak of Trout Brook Mountain, as they should be. Even though this is one of the easier peaks to climb in the park, it is still challenging and a great deal of energy and determination are required to reach the summit. It’s worth it if you and your family have the stamina. At an elevation of 1767 feet, Trout Brook Mountain rewards you with outstanding 360-degree views of Baxter State Park.After signing the register, begin climbing the trail leading to the top of Trout Brook Mountain. As you climb through a mixed forest following the blue blazes, have your kids look for wild strawberries and other tiny plants. The trail is rooty and rocky—sturdy shoes are a must. Be sure your children pay attention to the rock over which they are traveling. Much of it was left by glaciers, and it is glacial drift (a platey type of rock carried by glaciers) or ground moraine (different-size material that dropped from the ice)."
--Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr, Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books).
"Located in the quiet northeastern corner of Baxter State Park, the loop over Trout Brook Mountain is an excellent half-day trek that can be done in combination with a number of other short hikes in the area.
Traversing classic northern Maine forests along gradual slopes, the journey leads to an open 1767-foot summit and a number of scenic ledges where nearby mountains and the endless expanse of Maine’s vast north woods stand on display. Trout Brook Mountain is a good choice for people of all ages and for those who hike infrequently."
--Jeffrey Romano, Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast (The Mountaineers Books).
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