Hiking the Moosehead Lake Region:

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The Hikes:

Big Squaw Mountain
Little Squaw Mountain
Borestone Mountain
Big Spencer Mountain
B-52 Hike: Elephant Mountain
Number Four Mountain
Gulf Hagas (Check this one out!!!)
Little Spencer Mountain
Mt. Kineo

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Big Squaw Mountain:
At 3,196 feet, Big Squaw Mountain, with a long ridge line, dominates the view to the west from the Moosehead area. The view from the top of the mountain is famous for beholding the Moosehead region and its many lakes and mountains. this mountain was home to the first fire tower in the United States, built by M.G. Show in 1905.

Directions from Greenville: Travel approximately 5.3 miles north on Route 15. Take a left on the dirt road directly across from the Forest Fire Danger level sign. (Just past the Maine Forest Service Squaw Brook Campground.) Travel a little less than a mile on this road. Look carefully for a sign on the right, which marks the trailhead.

Time: Round trip is approximately 7.5 miles, Allow up to 5 hours. when on top, proceed a short distance ahead to a ledge with a view of Mirror Pond. There is a 2,000 foot elevation change from the base to the top.

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Little Squaw Mountain:
This is a very beautiful hike. You will pass three very picturesque mountain ponds in a distance of only four miles.

Directions: You have two choices for hiking this lovely area.

  1. Follow the same directions for the Big Squaw Mountain hike. Follow the road beyond the Big Squaw trail head to the Y to the gravel pit. You will see the post headings of the trail approximately 1/2 mile from the gravel pit. Follow the trail to the edge of Little Squaw pond. Papoose Pond will be on your left. After Papoose Pond, you may follow the trail to the left which ends behind the Greenwood Motel (will need a shuttle back) or you may follow the trail to the right which will take you around Little Squaw Pond. If you continue to bear right, you will come back down between the two Squaw Ponds. At the top of the right hand turn, if you turn around, you will note a spectacular view of the south and the east. (This portion of the trail is the most difficult and should be approached only from the south to the north, unless you are a seasoned hikers. From north to south it is a very steep, uphill climb.).

    If you choose to follow the trail straight ahead, you will have a relatively easy hike to Little Notch Pond (approx. 25 minutes)This trail ends just beyond the pond, therefore you will have to turn around and return to the downhill trail on the left, between the Squaw Ponds to return to your starting point.

Time: This entire trip will take you between 3- and 4 hours depending upon your hiking speed and ability. Begin your hike behind the Greenwood Motel (it is OK to park in their lot) just north of Greenville on Rt. 15. This hike ends on the Scott Paper logging road approximately 1 mile from the trailhead of Big Squaw Mountain. The trail from the Motel to Big Squaw Pond is approx. 4 miles. It ascends over Little Squaw Pond to Big Squaw Pond. A car shuttle or pickup can be arranged with the proprietors of the Greenwood upon request.

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Borestone Mountain:
At 1, 947 feet, this is a small, but rugged mountain with a bare summit and two peaks.. This is a great family hike. Total distance is only four miles.

Directions: Reach the trail by driving south from Green on Rt.15 to within .5 miles north of Monson village. Take a left on the Elliotsville Road (look for the Appalachian Trail sign). Proceed ahead 8 miles to Big Wilson Falls. (A beautiful waterfall can be seen by going left before the bridge.) Cross bride and take next left. Cross the railroad tracks. Trail is approximately .1 miles on the right up a private road. Park on the main road, on the left. A small fee may be charged by the Audubon Society property caretaker. The society owns the land around Borestone. They have developed interesting nature stations along the trail.

Time: Allow 3-4 hours for the round trip.

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Big Spencer Mountain:
The view from the top of this prominent Moosehead landmark is truly outstanding. This is a challenging hike to a manned Forest Service firetower.

Directions: To get to the trailhead, drive to Kokadjo 20 miles north of Greenville, on the Lily Bay Road. From Kokadjo, drive 5 miles (be sure to take the left fork .2 miles north of Kokadjo) to the Georgia Pacific Paper Company gate, where a small fee will be charged. Proceed ahead approximately 3 miles to the Maine Forest Service Bear Brook Campsite on the right. Take the next left on a well used dirt road. Proceed ahead for approximately 6.5 miles to the trailhead on the left. Look for a sign. Park on the right, just beyond the trailhead.

Time: Allow up to 4 hours hiking time for the round tip. This is an 3,230' peak with a 1,900' elevation change, the upper portion of the trail has some ladders placed over steep sections.

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B-52 Hike - Easy Walk; Elephant Mountain:
Site of B-52 bomber wreckage which crashed on Elephant Mountain in 1963.

Directions: To reach this historic spot, head north from Greenville on the Lily Bay Road for 1 mile. Take a right on the Scammon Ridge Road, at the base of Blair Hill heading out of Greenville. In approximately 1.5 miles, leave the pavement which turns sharply to the right. Proceed straight on a dirt road. Go approximately 8 miles to end of road (ahead will be unimproved logging road). Take left road to North Brook bridge. Park on east or west side of bridge well off the road. Avoid active logging operations. Cross over bridge, take 2nd left road. Trailhead is on right approximately 2 miles. Two trails are marked with signs. The first trail is wet and rocky and proceeds 500 ft. to the B52 wreckage site. The second trail is beyond the first sign some 200 yds. This trail is easier and proceeds 400ft. to site.

One can also reach the trailhead by driving straight on Lily Bay Road. Continue straight approximately .5 miles to Beaver Cove. Look for sign on the right at Prong Pond road for Horseshoe Pond and B52. Turn on Prong Pond road and follow the signs to the trail head.

Time: Allow 1- hours hiking time.

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Number Four Mountain:
This mountain provides a 2,890 foot summit with a firetower. Although not a heavily traveled trail, the view offers a feeling of "being in the mountains".

Directions: To get to this trail, travel approx. 17 miles north of Greenville on the Lily Bay Road. One mile south of Kokadjo, take the Frenchtown Road which parallels First Roach Pond. This road is an obviously wide and well-traveled dirt road. Travel approximately 1.5 miles on this road. Take a right and travel 1 mile. This road provides excellent views of Number Four Mountain and Lily Bay Mountain to your left. Take the first left off this road and go .5 miles; trail is on the left after the first bridge marked by a sign. Parking is across from the trail head on the right. Hake ahead on an overgrown road approximately mile to the site of an old wardens cabin. The trail then ascends very steeply on a blue blazed trail.

Time: The round trip is approximately 2.5 miles. Allow 2-3 hours. Magnificent views from the top are rewarding.

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Gulf Hagas:
Appropriately nicknamed "the Grand Canyon of Maine", this magnificent gorge is nearly 4 miles long, at times displaying vertical slate walls 300' to 400' deep. The west branch of the Pleasant River drops some 400' within this four miles creating numerous waterfalls, chutes, and pools. The falls are particularly spectacular during the spring runoff. This is also a must trip in the fall during the peak of the foliage season. The summer offers tempting swimming holes under waterfalls. This is truly one of the most spectacular gorges in all New England and a highly recommended hiking trip. The gorge and adjacent land has recently been purchased by the national Park Service. "The Hermitage" (a majestic stand of towering white king pine) was declared a registered National landmark in 1968. This land is now owned by the Nature Conservancy.

Directions: Access from Greenville. Take a right at Sanders Store in Greenville (Pleasant Street) and continue straight ahead for approximately 2 miles. At this point, the road takes a sharp right angle turn. Continue ahead on a dirt road approximately 10 miles, where you will come to the hedgehog Checkpoint gate). Stop at the gate, pay a small fee (North Maine Woods Association). The attendant will give you a map and directions to the head of the Gulf.

Time: Allow 6-8 hours for the hike which includes a long trail of approximately 8.5 miles. To continue to "The Hermitage" would entail a round trip of 11.5 miles and would require about 8 hours. If you do not wish to hike the entire trail, the head of the gulf can be reached by hiking only 1 mile from the trailhead. The Appalachian Trail passes through the Gulf. You will want to return to this spot time after time!!!!

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Little Spencer:
This hike is considered difficult for the average hiker. Caution should be exercised. There is a flagging tape trail through the woods. The beginning of the trail is somewhat wet and then becomes very steep and strenuous, although not a technical climb. Footing can be somewhat difficult on steep portions due to loose shale rock.

Directions: Follow directions as for Big Spencer Mountain to Kokadjo. At the first fork in the road, take the left fork to Spencer Pond Camps. 2.1 miles from the corner, take the road on the right. This road will take you along the east shore of Spencer Pond. Approximately 1/2 mile on the right, you will spot the flagging tape which marks the trailhead. There is a book at the summit of the mountain to sign.

Time: 4 hours for round trip.

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Mt. Kineo:
Located on a peninsula in the center of Moosehead lake, Mt. Kineo rises dramatically 800 feet straight up out of the water on its southeastern face. This famous landmark can e seen by driving 20 miles north of Greenville on Rt. to Rockwood.
To get to Kineo from Rockwood, you must go by boat. Two trails, the Indian Trail and the Bridle Trail, lead to the top. At the top, one can continue from the fire tower to North Trail and Hardscrabble Point approximately 1- miles and continue east on the Carriage Road Trail 1- miles to make a loop hike back to the Bridle Trail. Once on the peninsula, do not head straight to the base of Kineo as the trail disappears and is closed Proceed by heading northwest along the shore path from the docking area. Passing under the spectacular cliffs of Kineo flint, it is approximately .8 miles to the Indian trail which starts on the right flagged by blue blaze. This trail stays near the edge of the cliff all the way to the top which is reached in 1 mile. NOTE: This trail passes over steep cliffs for extended lengths and adults should be in control of children at all times. Dramatic drop off all the way. Watch closely for blaze marks to keep on trail. A short distance before reaching the firetower on top, you can continue east to a trail which leads to the sheer faced cliffs... but be careful.

To reach the Bridle Trail, continue .3 miles northeast beyond the Indian trail on the shore path. The trail is on the right by an old warden's camp. Although there are no views until the top is reached, this is a longer, easier trail. The fire tower on top affords spectacular views and is well worth the climb.

Time: Allow 3 hours round trip from the docking area.

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