Hiking in the North Section

A scenic, panoramic view from a mountain overlook. Large slabs of rock in the foreground lead into a middle ground of green evergreens. In the distance are a series of rolling mountains.
The summit of Lookout View on a sunny day.

NPS / Grace Kirk

Hikes in the north section of the monument offer incredible views of the East Branch Penobscot River. Observe unique geographic formations, old growth pines, and roaring rapids. Trails in the north section are open year round. In winter months, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted. There are many reservable campsites and huts along the trails.

Stay safe and help protect the park! Carry in and drink plenty of water, there is no potable water anywhere in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Pack out all trash. Do not approach or feed wildlife.

Trail Difficulty Distance (Round-Trip) Elevation Gain

Stair Falls


4mi / 6.4km

87ft / 26m

Haskell Rock Pitch


4mi / 6.4km

103ft / 31m

Little Messer Pond

Easy - Moderate

6mi / 9.7km

116ft / 35m

Messer Pond


9mi / 14.6km

179ft / 54m

Pond Pitch

Easy - Moderate

6mi / 9.7km

140ft / 42m

Grand Pitch


7mi / 11.3km

166ft / 50m

Valley Viewpoint


16mi / 25.7km

1,369ft / 417m

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    Last updated: April 12, 2024

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