Mount Kineo

Rockwood, Maine 4478

Mount Kineo

Mount Kineo Professional Review and Guide

"Mount Kineo could be the most distinctive landmark on the largest lake in the Northeast—Moosehead Lake. From the wooded summit of the nearly 1,800-foot peak, one can climb an observation tower and see the kingdom of Moosehead and beyond. The panorama from the deck above the pines is striking. There are miles of coves and inlets below.

The frozen lake is more like a vast tundra. The lake can be abuzz with activity in one direction, while nary a soul can be seen in another. Mountains and trees dominate the landscape. The snow forms a checkerboard pattern on the lake. The hum of snowmobiles can be heard amidst the quiet. Mount Kineo is a monolith that rises some 800 feet above the lake. The mountain is on a peninsula that begins on the eastern shore and comes within a mile or so of the western shore. Surface quality: Snowmobile packed."

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"Rising above Moosehead Lake’s deepest waters, Mount Kineo’s 700-foot cliffs stand guard over the largest body of fresh water in Maine. Native Americans who ventured to this location in search of stone for tools described the mountain as a large moose slain by the gods. By the nineteenth century, Kineo lured countless tourists venturing north by train and steamship to stay at the immense Victorian hotel that once stood beneath the towering cliffs.

Today, summer homes still dot the shorefront, but in 1990 more than 800 acres on the peninsula were permanently protected as public reserved land, with assistance from the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and funding from the Land for Maine’s Future Program. Thanks to these efforts, hikers can continue to scale Mount Kineo’s steep slopes and enjoy one of the finest views in northern Maine. The trailhead is located on a peninsula on the other side of the lake."

"Mount Kineo seems to rise out of the middle of Moosehead Lake. It is part of the largest mass of rhyolite known. This hard rock of volcanic origin attracted native peoples for millennia. They used the rock as flint and fashioned it into tools and arrowheads.

Later, one of Maine’s most famous hotels was at the foot of the mountain. The hike 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."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4-5 hours
1,050 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,740 feet
Top Elevation
Additional Use
The Birches Ski Touring Center
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Oct 2018