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Hiking the Bigelow Mt. Range in Maine

Hiking the Bigelow Mountain Range Maine
Bigelow Mountain Range seen from Moxie Bald Appalachian Trail

I have many experiences on the hiking trails of the Bigelow Mountain Range here in the Western Mountains of Maine, including my Appalachian Trail thru hike which was only a dream each time I visited and camped at the Horns Pond Lean-to, a popular destination for over nights. In this blog I will provide some basics regarding the Bigelow Range that could be helpful for those planning to hike the Mountain Range.

Hiking in the Bigelow Range in Maine is a must-do adventure for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts. The Bigelow Range is in Franklin County, Maine, and known for spectacular views, challenging hiking trails, and stunning natural beauty.

This Mountain Range offers a range of hiking trails, from easy to strenuous, and accommodates hikers of all levels. The most popular trail is the Bigelow Range Trail, this is a 15.2-mile loop that takes you across the summits of all seven mountains in the range. This trail can be completed in one or two days, depending on fitness level and pace.

The trailhead for the Bigelow Range Trail is located at the end of Stratton Brook Pond Road, which is accessible from Route 27. The trailhead has ample parking, restrooms, and camping facilities.

The trail starts off easy and gradually becomes more challenging. The first part of the trail winds through dense forest, and as you climb higher, the trees give way to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Hiker enjoying the stunning beauty of Maine
Atop Bigelow Mountain

The summit of each mountain offers a unique perspective of the surrounding landscape. The highest peak in the range is West Peak, standing at 4,145 feet and it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and Flagstaff Lake.

Bigelow Mountain Range Ridge Line
Bigelow Mountain Range seen from flagstaff lake Maine

Hiking the Bigelow Range requires proper planning and preparation. So If your planning to do this hike I would recommend bringing plenty of water, food, and warm clothing, as the weather can change quickly. And if your planning an overnight proper shelter, gear for cooking, and sleeping. Be prepared for steep climbs, rocky terrain, and challenging descents.

I will conclude that hiking in the Bigelows here in Maine is an incredible experience that offers stunning views, challenging trails, and a true sense of adventure. With proper planning and preparation, hikers of all levels can enjoy the beauty and majesty of this incredible mountain range. If you're new to hiking in the Maine wilderness, consider hiring a Maine Guide Company for your trip to help you navigate, and provide valuable information and history, and also improve safety during your trip. Hiring a Maine Guide Company will also help you make the most of your trip by taking care of the logistics and planning. This allows you to relax and enjoy the wilderness without worrying about the details.


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