Turtle Ridge Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This fairly long but easy hike explores a granite landscape of cliffs and ponds. There is one of the best views of Katahdin along the Henderson Pond Trail, and fine views of the mountains to the south and west from Turtle Ridge. The remote ponds the hike passes are home to loons and visited by moose. The hike also offers some of the best fall foliage in Maine.
The Turtle Ridge hike skirts several ponds, crosses ridges with fine views, and passes through several different forest and habitat types. But what is constant along the entire hike is the granite. Turtle Ridge and the other hills that the trails cross are granite mounds; the ponds are overlooked by granite cliffs, their shores dotted with boulders. The forest floor is littered with erratics, some as big as a house. You don’t reach this granite landscape until you turn onto the Turtle Ridge Trail and cross Sing-Sing Pond’s outlet stream. You then wind among large, fern-covered boulders and pines to the shore of the pond. A shelf of granite sticks out into the pond where you can rest, watch for loons, or swim in the cool water."