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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"The highest peak in Maine’s 15,000-acre Little Moose Public Reserved Land, Big Moose Mountain rises prominently west of Greenville, above the vast shores of Moosehead Lake. Formerly Big Squaw Mountain, the state renamed it and other similarly named natural features in the late 1990s to erase from Maine’s maps the pejorative word once used to describe Native American women. By any name, Big Moose Mountain is worthy of exploration. This pleasant trek to its pointy summit and three scenic vistas includes incredible views of distant heights, unending forests, and expansive blue waters."

"At 3,196 feet, 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 for 0.2 mile.

Above the stairs the trail climbs through spruce and fir to the open summit. The summit offers views across Moosehead Lake to Katahdin and the other mountains of Baxter State Park. To the north and west are views of endless wilderness dotted with mountains. More than ten other hikes in this guide are identifiable from the summit."

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Trail Information

Greenville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.7
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
May to Oct
Season
Maine Public Reserved Lands, (207) 7788231, www.maine.gov/littlemoose
Local Contacts
Delorme: The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41; USGS Big Moose Pond
Local Maps

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Oct 2018