Mount Kineo

Greenville, Maine 4441

Mount Kineo

Mount Kineo Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
3-5 hours
June to Oct
Mount Kineo State Park, (207) 941-4014,
Local Contacts
Delorme: The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer maps 40 and 41; USGS Mount Kineo
Local Maps