Hiking in and around the Moosehead Lake Region

The Moosehead Lake Region offers some of the best day and overnight hiking in the northeast. Our area is full of spectacular hikes, from casual day hikes to serious backpack excursions! There’s something for every hiker, and the whole family, here. Whatever your ability, the majestic views, and variety of choice will thrill those who love exploring the mesmerizing Maine woods on foot! 

Appalachian Trail

Our region is also host to a portion of the Appalachian Trail’s 100 Mile Wilderness. Whether you’re just starting your journey or completing a through-hike, you’re sure to enjoy this historic trail. For more information, stop by the Appalachian Trail Visitor’s Center in Monson. 

Popular Hikes in the Moosehead Lake Region

  • Mt. Kineo features a historic fire tower that provides a 360-degree view of the Moosehead Lake Region. 
  • The loop on Little Moose Mountain takes you by a couple of ponds that provide nice places for kids to swim along the way.
  • A hike that the entire family can enjoy is Moxie Falls. It is an easy .9 mile walk that features a 90+ ft. waterfall!
  • Big Moose Mountain still has the old fire warden cabin where you can stop and snap a picture of Moosehead history.
  • For those that are up for a full day of hiking and adventure, Gulf Hagas has just under 9 miles of hiking trails with 4 waterfalls along the way. 

Here are some links for more information about some of our most popular trails! We recommend All Trails or Maine Trail Finder for downloading offline maps and finding trailhead information.


Photos provided by Danielle Dorrie, Cait Borgeault, and Melanie Brooks (Cait and Melanie’s photos provided via the Maine Highlands)

Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit

Are you a hiker that is ready for a challenge? The mountains in the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit offer panoramic views from each corner of the Moosehead Lake Region.

Those that complete these hikes are eligible to receive a Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit (MPP) badge and become a registered member of the MPP.

Those in search of a more significant challenge should consider the additional badges that the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit offers; Ultra, Winter and Winter Ultra. For more information regarding these challenges, please stop by the Visitors’ Center or visit mooseheadpinnaclepursuit.com.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Please practice Leave No Trace Principles when exploring the wilderness. Take only pictures and leave only footprints!





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