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This trail offers access to a number of other trails with significant peaks. Baxter Peak and Chimney Peak are just two.

Leaving the Roaring Brook Campground and traveling to Pamola Peak will take the average hiker approximately 3.5 hours. The distance to the summit is 3.2 miles. This trail is known for offering immediate scenic views and sustaining those views for most of the hike. There are many large boulders to negotiate, however, footing is not treacherous. Bear Brook provides water along the path. The trail begins in a scrub field ascending sharply into a deciduous forest that evolves into a conifer forest with large surrounding boulders opening to sweeping area views. From the summit of Pamola you will be able to see Knife Edge Ridge.

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. Trail begins in the campground.

Elevation: 4,919 feet

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Expert Review of Helon Taylor Trail

Active and Adventure Review of Helon Taylor 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
  • This trail climbs directly from the road to the top of Pamola Peak and has some of Baxter's best views.
  • Much of the trail is above treeline and hikers should keep an eye on the weather.
  • Many hikers make a loop by crossing the Knife Edge to Katahdin and descending the Saddle Trail.

Baxter State Park, Maine

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