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Peak­bag­gers sure do love a chal­lenge. Good thing, be­cause there are enough hik­ing lists in the North­east to keep hik­ers busy for years. But while many of them in­clude Maine peaks, the land of Katahdin hasn’t had a list of its own—un­til now. The re­cently un­veiled Moose­head Pin­na­cle Pur­suit is a hik­ing chal­lenge fo­cused on six peaks around (and in) Mooshead Lake, Maine’s largest body of wa­ter. Tick them off be­fore win­ter de­scends and get your­self a patch, a cer­tifi­cate, and brag­ging rights— or get just a taste on our fa­vorite trips. Info moose­head­pin­na­clepur­suit.com


The cliffs of 1,789-foot Mt. Kineo rise sharply from the mid­dle of Moose­head Lake. Get to the top of the is­land on a 3.8-mile out-and-back, where a fire tower serves up the re­gion’s best van­tage over the tan­gle of wa­ter and land. Note: You must take a ferry to reach the trail­head ($10; bit.do/kineo-shut­tle).


A gen­tle, 3.4-mile hike through quintessen­tially dense Maine for­est leads to one of the most spec­tac­u­lar sights in the state: 2,290foot Ea­gle Rock, an anoma­lous spire of gran­ite jut­ting sharply from the trees like the prow of a ship. Take the Ea­gle Rock Trail up Big Moose Moun­tain to get there.


Ap­palachian Trail thruhik­ers pass over this 3,654foot sum­mit be­fore dip­ping to lower ground en route to Katahdin. Fol­low suit, tak­ing the forested, 6.5-mile outand-back past small wa­ter­falls to the bare sum­mit over­look­ing the Longfel­low Moun­tains.

Mt. Kineo

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