The Roost Trail is a hiking trail in Oxford County, Maine. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 858 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 997 feet. The Roost (elevation 1,316 feet) can be seen along the trail.
The Roost Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Roost is a small hill (1,374 feet) north of Evans Notch that provides terrific views of the Wild River and Evans Brook valleys. It is reached by a short, steep trail off ME 113 near the Hastings Campground at the abandoned village of Hastings."
--Robert N. Buchsbaum, AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"Hike a half-mile in Evans Notch along a moderate trail to reach great views of the Wild River Valley and White Mountains. Aside from the first steep 50 feet and the last 100 feet, the grade on this moderately inclined trail makes it a family favorite. There are few other trails in Maine’s western mountains where you can access such spectacular views after hiking only 0.5 mile. It’s short and moderate enough that little kids can do it. Bigger kids will like the fact that they can race to the top to access great views, especially since the trail is well established, marked with yellow blazes, and uninterrupted by spur trails or junctions. And everyone will enjoy ample blueberries or stunning fall foliage in their respective seasons."
--Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair, Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"You don’t have to do a lot of advance planning to take on The Roost, a family favorite in the Evans Notch region of the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF). It’s a short, easy climb to the top of this hill, perfect for the little guys. Afraid the older ones will be bored? Let them race along the well-defined path to the summit sign for The Roost (there are no trail junctions to confuse anyone). As with so many other hikes included in this guide, a minimum effort reaps maximum rewards. The views to the north, south, and west over the Wild River Valley and Evans Brook Valley are delightful."
--Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr, Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books).
"Compared to the rest of the White Mountains, Evans Notch is remote, out-of-the-way, and one of the less visited portions of the White Mountain National Forest. Straddling the Maine-New Hampshire border, the notch provides access to some excellent hiking, biking, and camping. This trip makes a short but steep climb to the Roost, a small peak at the northern end of the notch with great views to the south and west. The Roost sits high above the Wild River, a beautiful mountain stream that was once a major route for loggers 100 years ago. Today the forest along the Wild River and throughout Evans Notch has recovered well and seems as wild as it gets."
--Jerry & Marcy Monkman, Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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