The Kettle Pond Trail weaves through a series of scenic ponds formed by huge isolated chunks of glacial remains, which depressed the ground and formed these kettle ponds. These, plus the huge esker that the Park Tote Road follows through this area, are the visible reminders of the powerful forces unleashed during the last ice age. These features forge the Kettle Pond Trail into one of the most interesting in this part of Baxter State Park. The views of the south wall of Katahdin loom over the landscape, dominating the incredible beauty of the area.
The Kettle Pond Trail parallels the Park Tote Road in this area. The trail can be hiked as a short, leisurely day hike or combined with several other area trails to make a longer hike.
The east end of the trail terminates on the Park Tote Road near Kettle Pond. The west terminus is on the Park Tote Road near the Abol Beach Day Use Area. Cars may be parked at either end. The trail traverses level country but does cross several low, glacially formed ridges. The trail is blue-blazed.
Park Fees: See website for entrance and camping fee schedule. [No entrance fee for Maine residents.]
Park Rules: See a more complete list here.
This trail is within Baxter State Park. For more information and detailed trail maps, please visit Baxter State Park Authority's website.
From downtown Millinocket: Travel 16 miles northwest on the paved Baxter Park Road to the Togue Pond Gatehouse, passing buildings and Northwoods Trading Post on the right after eight miles. After entering the park at Togue Pond Gate, bear left and continue onto the Park Tote Road for 1.2 miles. Park on the right side of the road in a small dirt pull-out.
A second trailhead is located another 1.4 miles west on the Park Tote Road.
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