This hike takes you to the summit of Maine's highest peak and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Moose are frequently seen in the hardwood forest as you approach the gravelly terrain that marks the beginning of the Abol slide. In the link between Thoreau Spring and Baxter Peak you are traversing the final portion of the Appalachian Trail, which ends on the summit. The trailhead is at Abol Campground in Baxter State Park.

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Active and Adventure Review of Abol Trail

Away Travel Expert: Mike Kautz
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ActiveExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking,Trekking and Backpacking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Make sure to take the spur trail over to Abol Falls on the lower mountain.
  • In wet years hikers can refill their water bottles at Thoreau Spring one mile below the summit.
  • The Abol Trail is the oldest trail on Katahdin.

Millinocket, Maine

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