Summary: A wonderful hike combining mountain vistas with a lake backdrop. Starts flat along an old road under the flint cliffs. Flint can be gathered here. Indian trail ascends along edge of cliff and provides stellar views and strong heart beats.
The only view available from the summit is atop a very tall fire tower. It has stairs but they are metal slats. Those afraid of heights should avoid this hike.
Trailhead: Drive to Rockwood Maine and go to the public boat landing. Catch the 'Kineo Shuttle' for your boat ride to Mt. Kineo (which is on an island). There will be a small fee for the shuttle. Ask the boat captain for directions to the trailhead. You will have to cross a golf course to get there. (Lat:45.41 Lon:-69.43)
Trail Guides for Mount Kineo Moosehead Lake:
DeLormes Maine Atlas and Gazetteer
by DeLorme (DeLorme)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Unknown
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jon Willard, who has posted 54 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Peter on 3/2/2010
Many years ago a friend and I took the boat over to Mt.Kineo with our paragliders. We intentended to fly off the mountain and soar over its verticle cliffs enjoying our sport of foot launched aviation. Because flying is weather related, and dependent, we had planned this adventure a year in advance, and waited for the right conditions to set up. It did, and we drove from Blue Hill, Maine to Moosehead Lake just for this opportunity. We shuttled over with our gear, hiked to the top and launched into the air. We both flew over the mountain for a half hour enjoying the thrill and success of being there at the right moment, and then landed safely on the golf course below. We have flown all over the country, but Mt.Kineo was awesome!!
Reviewed by Lorna on 8/7/2008
The whole experience from the boat ride over to Mt. Kineo to the hike up the mountain was a great time. My husband and I haven't hiked for years, and although it was difficult at a few points we had a great time. The views are wonderful. We met nice people along the way.
Reviewed by Trish on 7/12/2007
My husband proposed to me at the top of the fire tower. What a beautiful, beautiful place.
Reviewed by Dani on 9/15/2006
The view from the fire tower is amazing. I went during July and only passed 3 other groups of hikers. My group and I kayaked out to the island. It was a wonderful trip in the kayak and the hike was excellent. Not really a hike I would suggest for beginners since there are some steep areas.
Reviewed by Ron M. on 3/30/2004
This is a rather simple hike, but the spectacular panoramic view of the area lakes & mountains make it worthwhile. If you're not a hiker, use the loop trail. If you're any kind of hiker, use the more direct trial trail. It's really not all that difficult and takes only about 45 to 60 minutes.
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