Little Messer Pond

A pond reflects a clear sky as the sunsets behind the forest and distant mountains
The calm and tranquil sunset at Little Messer Pond

NPS / Grace Kirk

Quick Facts

Scenic View/Photo Spot

Little Messer Pond is one of the few tranquil ponds deep within Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The pond features unique plant life including peat moss and pitcher plants. It also offers great views of the Traveler Mountain. The shortest route to Little Messer Pond is along the International Appalachian Trail beginning at Haskell Gate.

Elevation Gain: 116ft / 35m

Distance (Round-Trip): 6 miles

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Restrooms: Vault toilets are available at the North Gate and Oxbow Picnic Area. Follow best practices for remote waste management if needed.

Parking: Parking is available at the Haskell Gate 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: March 28, 2024