Mount Kineo

Greenville, Maine

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Mount Kineo seems to rise out of the middle of Moosehead Lake. It’s part of the largest known mass of rhyolite. The hike first climbs along the edge of the high cliffs that are the mountain’s east face. There are fine views from the refurbished fire tower on the summit. The second half of the hike follows the shore of Moosehead Lake around the north and west sides of Mount Kineo. Mount Kineo sits right in the middle of Moosehead Lake, connected to the east shore by a narrow isthmus. The only way to reach Mount Kineo is by boat from Rockwood. The mountain and its near island has a long history of human use. Native Americans made tools, flints, and arrowheads from rock on Mount Kineo. Like nearby Big Spencer Mountain, it’s made of rhyolite, a very hard, fine-grained volcanic rock similar to granite.

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"Mount Kineo seems to rise out of the middle of Moosehead Lake. It’s part of the largest known mass of rhyolite. The hike first climbs along the edge of the high cliffs that are the mountain’s east face. There are fine views from the refurbished fire tower on the summit. The second half of the hike follows the shore of Moosehead Lake around the north and west sides of Mount Kineo.

Mount Kineo sits right in the middle of Moosehead Lake,
connected to the east shore by a narrow isthmus. The only way to reach Mount Kineo is by boat from Rockwood. The mountain and its near island has a long history of human use. Native Americans made tools, flints, and arrowheads from rock on Mount Kineo. Like nearby Big Spencer Mountain, it’s made of rhyolite, a very hard, fine-grained volcanic rock similar to granite."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenville
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3-5 hours
Season: June to Oct
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Kineo State Park, (207) 941-4014, www.maine.gov/doc/parks
Local Maps: Delorme: The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer maps 40 and 41; USGS Mount Kineo

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Jun 2018