Chimney Pond

Millinocket, Maine 04462

Chimney Pond

Chimney Pond Professional Review and Guide

"Surrounded on three sides by soaring granite cliffs, Chimney Pond sits in the mountainous heart of Baxter State Park. Overhead looms mile-high Baxter Peak—northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail—which is connected to neighboring Pamola Peak by the mile-long arête, the Knife Edge.

Together, this towering massif is commonly referred to by one name: Katahdin. From the pond and its adjacent campground, wild and adventurous trails scrape their way up the mountain flanks. Come enjoy the view and the challenge of
Maine’s mightiest mountain."

Chimney Pond Reviews

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Not sure what trail the other folks took but the Chimney Pond Trail is an exceptionally beautiful trail. If I could give this trip a '6' I definitely would and probably deserves more. While it's only 3.3 miles in from Roaring Brook Campground the elevation gain can be demoralizing on a hot day, with black flies & tourists all around you. HAHA! The hike is beautiful with several streams crossing the trail, wooden bridges, ponds with glimpses of the majestic mountain you are about to view. Chimney Pond is located at the heart of Ktaadn (Katahdin, The Teddon, Mounument Peak etc) - my most favorite mountain, feared by the natives & protected by Pamola - the winged creature with the head of a moose, upper body of a man and legs and talons of an Eagle. The trail is heavily traveled and well maintained by the folks at Baxter State Park. You can take this trail to the Pond just to soak in the views of the mountain or you can take it and then choose your route to the summit via several routes of varying difficulty. If you're new to hiking - take the Saddle Trail. If you like pain & suffering - take Cathedral. If you want to cross the legendary Knife Edge and visit Pamola on his peak then take the Dudley Trail. When you arrive at Chimney Pond you can visit the Ranger in his/her cabin, sign in and then view from Pamola Peak to Hamlin Peak (Baxter Peak cairn is visible via binoculars) Baxter Peak & Hamlin Peak are on the AMC NE 4,000 footer list and can be summited both in one day - long day, but great. My 8 year old did it last year. But he's a rock star. Best, Kasey Marsters
Qued at Togue Pond Gate, 4AM. We were number 15 in line! Started our hike from Roaring Brook at around 5:45 AM. Arrived at Chimney Pond at 8:15 AM. It was as if we started in Maine and the trail ended in Yosemite! The views at CP were outstanding! It was a beautiful day and as previously mentioned this is a typical New England trail, roots, rocks and in some places a bit wet. Overall it was a nice warm up before our assent up Saddle Trail. Trail Sign Mile Markers did seem to be a bit off.
I only hiked the 3.3 mile (6.6 r/t) portion from the Roaring Brook camp ground to Chimney Pond. I must agree with stevenbos, the trail is no more exciting then a (hardy) walk in the woods; however, the destination is worth the hike! The views at Chimney pond are amazing and here is the start of several serious trails up Katahdin.
Chimney Pond typical New England trail of rocks, roots and mud. Nice views of Basin Ponds. However brought us to Cathedral Trail and The Knife Edge which surpass any of the traiis we have been on in Northern New England having recently climbed in Presidential Range and Washington.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1-3 Days
1,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,300 feet
Top Elevation
Baxter State Park, 64 Balsam Drive, Millinocket, ME 04462, 207-723-5140, For detailed route descriptions beyond Chimney Pond, consult AMC’s Maine Mountain Guide, 10th Edition.
Local Contacts
Maine Mountain Guide, Map 1: Baxter State Park / Katahdin, AMC Books, Katahdin Illustrated Map and Guide, Wiilderness Map Company
Local Maps