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Dudley Trail is accessed about 3 miles back in the woods off Helon Taylor Trail or Chimney Pond Trail. You may want to overnight at Chimney Pond Campground then venture out the next morning for further mountainous exploration. Dudley Trail is conducive for this plan. The trail is marked with cairns. If you leave the campground heading east, travel past the ranger cabin and within .3 mile you will reach a side trail by the name of Pamola Caves. The caves are located down this trail a little less than .5 mile. They are open for exploration. The main trail continues eastbound then takes a dramatic turn and climb south. You will be climbing above the timberline for approximately 30 minutes. Views of the Great Basin are spectacular. The trail does ease when approaching the summit. By the time you reach the summit, you will have hiked at least 2 hours. The summit's elevation is 4,919. From here you may retrace your steps or travel westward onto Knife Edge Trail and ultimately reach Baxter Peak, elevation 5,267. Note: Knife Edge Trail is appropriately named. The trail is slender with incredible drop-offs on both sides. The drops may be a depth of as much as 2,000 feet.

Directions: From Millinocket, ME, Travel approximately 15 miles north on SR 11 to reach the Togue Pond Gate. Bear right and travel about 8 miles to the Roaring Brook Campground. This trail is approximately 3 miles into the woods off Helon Taylor Trail or Chimney Pond Trail. Both of these trails begin in the Roaring Brook Campground.

Elevation: 4,919 feet

Difficulty: Strenuous

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