Little Moose Hiking Trail

Piscataquis County, Maine

Distance1.8mi
Elevation Gain972ft
Trailhead Elevation1,144ft
Top2,052ft
Elevation Min/Max1144/2052ft
Elevation Start/End1144/1144ft

Little Moose Hiking Trail

Little Moose Hiking Trail is a hiking trail in Piscataquis County, Maine. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 1,144 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 972 feet. The trail ends near the Moose Mountain Inn hotel.

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"The rocky outcropping on Little Moose Mountain’s long ridge offers fine views across the Little and Big Moose Ponds of Big Moose Mountain. To the east is Moosehead Lake and the mountains across it. To get to these views, you hike past the two ponds, through woods filled with spring wildflowers. Little Moose Mountain is a long, low ridge that runs south-west from Greenville Junction to the Notch Ponds. The highest point on the ridge is near its eastern end, but the wooded summit has no trail to it.

The center of the ridge has several rocky outcroppings overlooking Little and Big Moose Ponds with views of Moosehead Lake and the surrounding mountains. It is these outcroppings that the hike traverses. The hike begins by descending a low ridge through a hardwood forest dominated by maple and beech. In late spring the forest floor is awash with wildflowers. The hobblebush and wake robin, or blood trillium, bloom first, in
early May after the ground has warmed."

"Northern Maine is a vast expanse of lakes, low ridges, and forests. The landscape is a patchwork of public reserves, forest industry land, and private conservation areas. With its abundance of wildlife and its relative remoteness, Maine’s north woods lures and tempts each of us to explore its vastness.

Yet for many the region can be difficult to visit and may appear daunting, especially for those new to the area. Adventuring for a half-day in the Little Moose Public Reserve, however, will provide even the most unfamiliar a firsthand introduction and a wonderful snapshot of the flora, fauna, and beauty the region has to offer."

"The rocky outcropping on Little Moose Mountain’s long ridge offers fine views across the Little and Big Moose Ponds of Big Moose Mountain. To the east is Moosehead Lake and the mountains across it. To get to these views you hike past the two ponds, through woods filled with spring wildflowers. There are three backcountry campsites along the hike that are good destinations for young children and first-time backpackers.

The trail descends through all these wildflowers to a set of black slate steps down a hillside. The smooth, black stones stand out against the surrounding woods, a reminder that Little and Big Moose Mountains are made of metamorphic rock. You won’t see any other slate on the hike, but notice that the rocks along the shore of the ponds and the rocky outcroppings you climb are not granite. The hike passes three backcountry campsites—one at Big Moose Pond and two on Little Moose Pond. None is more than 1.5 miles from the trailhead."

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Trail Information

Piscataquis County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Hunting
Additional Use
Wildflowers
Features
Maine Public Reserved Lands, (207) 7788231, www.maine.gov/littlemoose
Local Contacts
Delorme: The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41; USGS Big Moose Pond
Local Maps

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Sep 2018