Backpaking is a great way to see the Park. Below are some examples of Backpacking Itineraries in Baxter State Park. For a full list of our backing sites visit: Backcountry Campsites page
North End of Park
South and central of the Park
Fowler Ponds Area Backpacking
There is little elevation gain or loss in the Fowler Ponds Area.
Easy / beginner:
This is a great area to introduce children to backpacking. For younger children maybe an out and back trip on the same trail.
One Way trips: out and back
Trail Name: Fowler Brook
- Lower Fowler Outlet
- Lower Fowler Outlet site (4 person tent site) 1.3 miles one way. This is a easy grade hike to the Outlet of Lower Fowler Pond. There are 2 canoes. Get canoe key from Matagamon Gatehouse.
- Lower Fowler Pond
- Lower Fowler Pond site (4 person tent site) 1.5 miles one way. 2 canoes on the pond. Get canoe key at Matagamon gatehouse.
Trail Name: Five Ponds
- Billfish Pond site
- Billfish Pond site (4 person tent site) 2.2 miles one way. This site is next to the pond. There is 1 canoe. Get key from Matagamon Gatehouse.
Trail Name: Five Ponds
- Billfish Pond, Long Pond Pines, Long Pond Outlet
- The trailhead for the Five Ponds Trail is at the edge of the Trout Brook Campground. Plan as little as a one night trip up to multiple nights for this loop hike. Add the Middle Fowler North Middle Fowler South Lower Fowler Pond and/or Lower Fowler Outlet sites to extend the trip further. (Would need to back track on the Middle Fowler trail and /or Fowler Brook Trail) Site options on the Five Ponds trail are: Billfish Pond, Long Pond Pines, Long Pond Outlet
Trail Name: Freeze Out Trail, Wadleigh Brook Trail, Frost Pond Trail
- Freeze Out Trail Wadleigh Brook Trail Frost Pond Trail
- The trail system in this area is easy with a splash of moderate. The sites are set up in a way where for the most part you are backpacking at least 6 miles a day. Two of the sites can accommodate larger parties. There are many possibilities for creating loop hikes in this area. Be creative and have fun. Here are a few ideas to get started.
2 to 3 night Loop backpacking trip without having to spot car: (cars can be spotted at Trout Brook Farm campground or at Wadleigh Brook Trailhead parking area).
Starting at the Wadleigh Brook trailhead
1st night – Frost Pond or Little East Frost Pond Site: (4 person lean-to) 5.2 miles from trailhead. Little East sites- 1 (4 person lean-to) or 1 tent site (8 people) 8.5 miles from Wadleigh Brook trailhead. Note: sites can be rented together for larger parties.
2nd and or 3rd nights – Webster Stream, Webster Outlet, Hudson Pond, or Little East Little East lean-to (4 person) or tent site (8 person) 3.3 miles from Frost Pond lean-to
Webster Stream site- (4 person lean-to) 7.5 miles from Frost Pond, 4.3 miles from Little East sites Webster Outlet site-(12 person site lean-to and tent site combo) 4.4miles from Webster Stream site, 8.7 miles from Little East, 12 miles from the Frost Pond site.
Hudson Pond site- (4 person lean-to site) 4.4miles from Webster Outlet, 4.4 miles from Webster Stream, 8.3 miles from Little East Site
Wadleigh Brook Parking Area: 8.4 miles from Hudson Pond lean-to, 12.8 miles from Webster Outlet LT/TS , 12.4 miles from Webster Stream lean-to.
Two backpacking campgrounds:
Chimney Pond- 3.3 miles from trailhead parking at Roaring Brook. Moderate hike
Russell Pond – 7.2 or 7.6 miles from trailhead parking at Roaring Brook. Easy to moderate hiking
- Katahdin Loop (strenuous)
This loop can be hiked starting from Chimney or Russell Pond, with many variations in between.
Chimney Pond campground (9 lean-tos, 1- 10 person bunkhouse) 3.3 miles hike
Davis Pond lean-to (4 person lean-to one night only) most popular route to Davis is via Saddle trail 4.4 miles from Chimney Pd.
Russell Pond campground- (5 lean-tos, 1-8person bunkhouse, 3 tent sites) 5.2 mile hike from Davis Pond
Roaring Brook Parking Area: 7.2 or 7.6 miles from Russell Pond.
Easy to Moderate:
Katahdin Lake Trails:
- Martin Pond site- Martin Pond site- (6 person lean-to w/canoe) 2.3 mile hike from Avalanche Field trailhead parking area. Martin Pond trail loops around and reconnects with the Katahdin Lake trail 2.1 from the lean-to site.
- North Katahdin Lake site- (6 person lean-to w/canoe) 4.5 miles from Avalanche Field trailhead parking area.
- South Katahdin Lake site- 6 person lean-to, w/ canoe) 3.2 miles from Avalanche Field trailhead parking area via the Katahdin Lake Trail.
- If you are considering a loop trip in this area, please contact our reservation office for options.