These three trails allow you to experience the sprawling ridges of Traveler Mountain. Begin on the Pog Notch Trail to reach the first trail, North Traveler. The path heads east through evergreen forests and open fields. A tiny spur trail about midway offers spring water. The trail's terminus is North Traveler Mountain Ridge, elevation 3,152. You must retrace your steps to reach Pog Notch in order to head south onto Howe Brook Trail. You can expect to reach Howe Brook at the southeastern tip of Lower South Branch Pond. This trail parallels Howe Brook, known for its beautiful pools of crystal-clear water and fast-flowing channels. The 3 mile hike terminates at a gorgeous waterfalls. Retrace your steps to continue south on Pog Notch to reach Center Ridge Trail. The trail is reached on the northeastern tip of Upper South Branch Pond. A picnic area is located on the lower tip and an overnight shelter is due west. Reservations required. Crest Ridge Trail ascends southeast over rocky knobs, across several ledges and through an evergreen forest to reach the Peak of the Ridges, elevation 3,254. Looking due east from this point is Traveler Mountain, elevation 3, 541. Once again, you must retrace your steps. Once you reach Pog Notch Trail you may head north traveling about 1.5 miles back to South Branch Pond Campground or continue south on Pog Notch to reach the Russell Pond Campground which is 8.2 miles. Note: Each finger trail is about 3 miles long one-way. It will take about 2 hours to hike the one-way distance. Individual distances stated are from the South Branch Pond Campground / Pog Notch Trail. These trails may be combined for a two-day hike with overnighting at Upper South Branch Pond Campsite, reservations required.
Directions: From Matagamon Gate, Baxter State Park, This area is located in the desolate northeastern area of the park. After passing the gate, travel the park road west to Trout Brook Crossing Picnic Area. Head south to dead-end at the South Branch Pond Campground. Beginning on the east side of Lower South Branch Pond, you will find these three trails jutting out into the range in the formation of three fingers. Each trail is about the same length and same distance apart.
Elevation: 3,254 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
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