Big Moose Mountain

Greenville, Maine 4441

Big Moose Mountain

Big Moose Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"Big Moose Mountain dominates the skyline west of Moosehead Lake. The trail climbs through hardwood forests of beech and maple past the abandoned fire warden’s cabin. Beyond the cabin the trail climbs steeply up stone stairs. Above the stairs the trail climbs through spruce and fir to the open summit. The summit offers views across Moosehead Lake to Katahdin. To the north and west are views of endless wilderness dotted with mountains.

The trail up Big Moose Mountain has been in use since 1905. That year the first continuously manned fire tower in the country was built on the mountain’s summit. Two years earlier more than 200,000 acres of Maine forest land had burned in one dry summer. The M.G. Shaw Lumber Company felt the need to protect its forest resources from future fires. They constructed their first tower on Big Moose Mountain, followed by a number of others over the next several years. In 1908, after another bad fire season, the state took over operation of all the fire towers in the state."

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Trail Type
Skill Level
4 hours
May to Oct
Maine Public Reserved Lands, (207) 7788231,
Local Contacts
Delorme: The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41; USGS Big Moose Pond
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Jul 2018