Appalachian Trail - Whitecap Mountain

This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
The tallest peak in the 100 Mile Wilderness, Whitecap Mountain offers a strenuous climb and expansive views of the region.
Trail Activity
Length
6.6 miles, Round Trip
Difficulty
Strenuous
Towns
Bowdoin College Grant East Twp, Shawtown Twp, TB R11 WELS
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge, Gravel/Crushed Stone
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

The Appalachian Trail crosses the Logan Brook Road 0.4 miles past the gate. It is easy to miss the crossing! Hikers should keep a look out for the footpath coming down the hill to their right and for the brown and white MATC signs just off the road.   

The trail to Whitecap begins by traveling upward through hardwoods and over a series of ledges. The grade then moderates for the remaining mile to the Logan Brook shelter. A small cascade and pool near the shelter can offer hikers respite during their climb. After the shelter, the trail steepens significantly as it climbs through spruce-fir forest to the open summit area. The Maine Appalachian Trail Club's Maine Trail Crew put significant effort over many years to stabilize the trail in this section. The hundreds of rock steps were installed using just hand tools and teamwork!

The summit area rewards hikers with incredible views in all directions. Hikers can look to the south toward the Barren Chairback range, to the east toward Greenwood Pond, to the north to Katahdin and to the west toward Moosehead Lake. Please stay on the main trail and established side trails in order to protect the fragile high-elevation vegetation.

Other Information

Do not underestimate the difficulty of hiking the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in Maine. Be sure to carry equipment and supplies necessary for this undertaking and be prepared for challenging weather conditions. Please educate yourself before hiking, so that you can have the knowledge and skills necessary for an enjoyable and safe hike. Fires are only allowed in the provided fireplace ring at established campsites; it is illegal in Maine to build a fire elsewhere.

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail runs from Maine to Georgia along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains. It is managed cooperatively by the National Park Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and 31 trail-maintaining clubs along with other federal and state land managers whose land the trail crosses. Over 3 million people visit the A.T. every year. Since its inception in the 1920s, thousands of volunteers have worked tirelessly to maintain, manage, and protect the Appalachian Trail. 

In Maine, the all-volunteer Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) maintains and protects the 267-mile section of the Appalachian Trail extending from Katahdin in Baxter State Park to Grafton Notch at ME-26. In addition, MATC maintains over 60 miles of side trails as well as a system of regularly-spaced shelters and campsites to preserve access to wild, backcountry hiking in Maine. MATC publishes The Official Appalachian Trail Guide to Maine, which includes seven maps, please visit their website for information on how to purchase the guide or to learn more about becoming a member of MATC.

Trail Manager

Visit Maine Appalachian Trail Club online for more information or contact:

Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC)

Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC)
PO Box 283
Augusta, ME 04332-0283
info@matc.org
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Trail Tips

Minimize Campfire Impacts
Consider using a cooking stove and alternative light source (flashlight, candle, lantern) instead of building a campfire.
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Trailhead Information

From Greenville, head north on Lily Bay Road. Turn right onto Frenchtown Road. After West Branch Ponds Camp, the road becomes very bumpy. A high clearance vehicle is necessary. Bear right onto Logan Brook Road (unsigned). Park on the right before the large gate. Please be respectful of private landowners - DO NOT block gate or drive through the gate if it is open and always yield to logging trucks.

Note that there is limited cellular service in this area. It is always a good idea to have a backup paper map in case your cell phone directions fail. 

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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Safety
Appalachian Trail Closure Information
The National Park Service has closed all overnight sites, including shelters and privies, along the A.T. on National Park Service land to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trails
100 Mile Wilderness
This hike is within the "Hundred Mile Wilderness," a section of the Appalachian Trail without any public road crossings. Despite the name, this section is very popular for day hikers or backpackers. Trail use is at its highest in August and September. All hikers should follow Leave No Trace principles and expect to share the Trail with other users.
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