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Hamlin Ridge Trail



Hamlin Ridge Trail

Quick Facts

Difficulty strenuous
Trail Type linear
Distance 1.7 miles (2.8 km)
Estimated Time 2 to 3 hrs one way
Surface Type forested, rock
Elevation Range 1,870 feet (570 m)
Total Descent 1,900 feet (579 m)
Features peak, ridges
Trail Markers blue paint
Scenery Rating must see
Maintenance Rating well maintained
Cell Reception none
Dog Friendly no
Fees park entrance


The Hamlin Ridge Trail starts by climbing through the woods towards North Basin. After the junction with the North Basin Trail the trail starts to climb. Soon you are above treeline with views of North Basin to the north, Great Basin and Baxter Peak to the south, and Basin Ponds and distant hills to the east.

The view of North Basin from the Hamlin Ridge Trail

The exposed ridge is made up of mostly flat granite. There are a few places where a bit of scramble over larger rock outcrops is required. The trail eventually reaches the peak where the landscape spreads out into the plateau. From here you will have magnificent views across the saddle to Mount Katahdin's peak and west towards Mount Coe and the Brothers.

After a short and gentle descent you will come to the trail junction with the Northwest Basin Trail near Caribou Spring.

The view of Mount Katahdin from the Hamlin Ridge Trail

Always be cautious of weather when you are going above treeline.


For directions to the park go to the Baxter State Park page.

The Hamlin Ridge Trail can be accessed from the Chimney Pond Trail just before reaching Chimney Pond Campground. The Chimney Pond Trail is accessed from the Roaring Brook Campground Parking lot. This is the busiest parking lot in the park because it accesses most of the trails up Mount Katahdin. Parking reservations are required unless you are camping at Roaring Brook Campground. You can find more information about parking reservations here.

To access the Roaring Brook Campground from the Togue Pond Gatehouse turn right just past the gatehouse. Drive for 7.9 miles (12.7 km) and you will come to Roaring Brook Campground. Park here. You will find the start of the Chimney Pond Trail off the end of the parking lot past the Campground office.

Trail signs at the top of the Hamlin Ridge Trail

The other end of the Hamlin Ridge Trail can be accessed from the Tablelands (Mount Katahdin plateau) on the Northwest Basin Trail near Caribou Spring. The Hamlin Ridge Trail can be combined with another trail to Baxter Peak to make a loop but it makes for a big hike. In our hike from the pictures we climbed Dudley (sinced closed), crossed the Knife's Edge and the Saddle, and descended Hamlin Ridge. We hit 3 peaks and it took us close to 11 hours. We were not wasting any time.

Hiking up and down the Hamlin Ridge Trail or making a loop with the Saddle Trail would be a much less daunting hike and well worth it for the amazing views of Baxter Peak from across Great Basin.

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  • Trail Last Hiked: September 20, 2015
  • Page last updated: March 28, 2020