Grand Pitch

White water drops down a waterfall flowing through the forest
A wild and spectacular section of the East Branch of the Penobscot River.

NPS / Gin Majka

Quick Facts

Scenic View/Photo Spot

Grand Pitch spans approximately 200 feet across the East Branch of the Penobscot River and drops approximately 20 feet. The river at Grand Pitch cuts through some of the oldest rocks in the local area. The Grand Pitch Formation is predominately slate (metamorphic rock), siltsone (sedimentary rock), and fine-grained quartzite (metamorphic rock). The rocks of the Grand Pitch formation are believed to date to the early Cambrian period, over approximately 500 million years ago. Hike or bike along the IAT to experience this geological feature. Paddlers must portage around Grand Pitch.

Elevation Gain: 166ft / 50m

Distance (Round-Trip): 7 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Restrooms: Vault toilets are available at the North Gate parking lot and Oxbow Picnic Area.

Parking: Parking is available at the Haskell Gate trailhead parking area.

Trail Etiquette: Leashed pets are allowed on this trail. Carry out all trash and food waste (fruit peels, shells, etc.). Do not feed the wildlife.

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Last updated: April 5, 2024