Mount Kineo Trail

Rockwood, Maine 4478

Mount Kineo Trail

Mount Kineo Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
760 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 hours
May through October
1,027 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,790 feet
Top Elevation
Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Kineo and Brassua Lake East
Local Maps