Hammond Ridge Trail System - Skiing

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These world class Nordic ski trails were designed by preeminent designer and Olympian John Morton. The terrain, featuring views from Black Cat Mountain, is a mix of exhilarating downhills, invigorating uphills and everything in between.
Trail Activity
14.2 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate, Advanced
Groomed Snow
Not Permitted



TWIN PINES LOOP (3.0 miles) has some hills, and provides access to all the rest of the trails in the network.

SADDLE TRAIL (2.2 miles) is a gentle trail through hardwood forests.

LAKESIDE TRAIL (1.7 miles) traverses mostly flat terrain near Millinocket Lake, with the lower section of the trail providing views of the lake.


KATAHDIN VIEW TRAIL (1.6 miles) offers a moderate climb up to a spectacular view of Katahdin, and a moderate ski back down.

HAMMOND RIDGE (3.2 miles) is a long, big climb and descent, with an easy return to the south.


BLACKCAT TRAIL (2.3 miles) consists of steep climbs and descents, but the good views to the southwest make the effort worthwhile.

Other Information

Ski equipment is available for rent from the New England Outdoor Center, as are skate-ski instructors for those who could use a lesson. Contact NEOC at (800) 766-7238 for more information.

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the Katahdin Area Trails website, or contact:

Katahdin Area Trails
PO Box 669
Millinocket, ME 04462

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Trail Tips

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Camp at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.

Trailhead Information

From Katahdin Avenue in Millinocket, take Bates Road, which turns into Millinocket Road/Baxter Park Road towards Baxter State Park. 8.2 miles from the turn off Katahdin Avenue, turn right on Blackcat Road, which is marked with a New England Outdoor Center sign. The trailhead at NEOC is at the end of the road, about one mile down.

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