Valley Viewpoint

A large flat rockface surrounded by pine trees. Rolling mountains fade into the horizon.
The stunning vista from Valley Viewpoint shows the monument's eastern landscape.

NPS / Gin Majka

Quick Facts

Scenic View/Photo Spot

Valley Viewpoint offers a vista that focuses on the landscape of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and surrounding areas. To enjoy this scenic view, hike or bike 8 miles (one way) from Haskell Gate. This trail is considered strenuous with 1,369ft of elevation gain. Keep in mind, this is a 16 mile hike round trip. Due to its remote location, it is one of the least visited views in the monument. Hike or Bike to Valley View from Haskell Gate along the International Appalachian Trail.

Be prepared by bringing a map, food, and plenty of water. Check current conditions and local weather before visiting.

If you plan to visit this location in the winter, you will start your adventure by skiing or snowshoeing from the North Gate parking lot. Starting at North Gate parking lot increases the mileage to 22 miles (round-trip). Know your limits before your visit and review information on winter safety. Remember to pack your own snowshoes and/or skis!

Elevation Gain: 1,369ft / 417m

Distance(Round-Trip): 16 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

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 4, 2024