The Wassataquoik Overlook Trail is an ideal trail for a long day hike or mountain bike trail ride. The trail starts at the summer trailhead at Haskell Gate. This is also a great trailhead to access the International Appalachian Trail, and the several waterfalls along the East Branch Penobscot River which are only accessible by trail. The Overlook Trail heads south from the trailhead, beginning with a gradual ascent through mixed hardwood forests.
2.4 miles from the trailhead, the trail comes to a junction with the Little Messer Pond Trail. To access Messer Pond, turn left here, go about 500 feet and turn left again onto a narrow trail that leads another few hundred feet to the pond. To reach Wassataquoik Overlook continue straight through this first junction, not turning onto the Little Messer Pond Trail.
Continue another 1.6 miles to a signed junction marking the the Wassataquoik Overlook Trail to the right (just after crossing Big Spring Brook). From here the trail ascends more steeply, gaining about 1,000 feet in 2.4 miles to the overlook. Alternatively, the trail to the left leads to the Big Spring Brook Hut (see accommodation information below).
The Wassataquoik Overlook offers excellent views of the Wassataquoik Valley as it descends from Baxter State Park, through the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument towards the East Branch. To the northwest, Sable Mountain and the South Traveler Peak frame the northern side of the valley. Directly across the valley to the south is North Turner Mountain; 8 miles southwest is Deasey Mountain.
There is a small loop on top of the overlook. Return from the overlook by the same route used to reach the trailhead.
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From I-95 take Exit 264; turn west onto ME-158 which shortly joins ME-11. Bear right on ME-11 and travel 9 miles to Patten. Leaving Patten, turn left on ME-159, the Shin Pond Road. Continue 26 miles on this road to the Matagamon Wilderness Store and Camps. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument can be accessed just beyond the camps on the left. Follow this road about 4 miles south where the road ends at the trailhead (note: these last 4 miles are not open to vehicles during the winter).
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