Interested in learning more about trails in Maine? Fires are only allowed in the provided fireplace ring at the Little Bigelow Lean-to. Never needed snowshoes. Begin on East Flagstaff Rd and follow the Safford Brook Trail until you reach the junction with the Appalachian Trail. All Rights Reserved. The mountain was Avery Peak (4,088 feet) in Maine’s Bigelow Range.That morning, early this month, I had left the buggy shore of Flagstaff Lake and climbed, sometimes gradually, sometimes very steeply, through hardwood forest to pine forest and finally out onto the bare alpine summit. Safford Brook Trail is the best way to access Old Man’s Head and Little Bigelow. Hiking south from Caratunk, your first big challenge will be ascending Avery Peak from Safford Notch. To reach the Safford Brook Trailhead continue about 4.5 miles to where the road opens on the right to a gravel parking area. Horns Pond Trail leads to the pond and peaks of the same name, and the Fire Warden’s Trail offers a steep and direct route to West and Avery peaks. The Safford Brook Trail is right around the 2000 mile mark of the AT, a perfect spot to hand out PBR and whoopie pies to any hikers whom I crossed. Share your experience by blogging your hiking, traveling, outdoor fitness stories and GPX on a map. DISTANCE: 16 miles total, plus short side-trails to lookouts. Love this range, been hiking it for decades. Decent parking at the trail head. Get your Ramblr app today! The trail progressively steepens until it reaches the junction with the AT near Safford Notch. Located in the Bigelow Preserve, at an Elevation of 4,090 feet Avery Peak offers amazing views. Stratton Brook Pond Road(1250) to Safford Brook Trail at AT S 9.5miles - 9.50 Miles - From Safford Brook Trail at AT To Stratton Brook Pond Road - Friday night we got back at ten o'clock everything was closed. I was so so happy to see some running water and stopped at the first brook I came across to fill up. The trailhead leaves opposite the parking. At the Safford Brook Trail head on East Flagstaff Road ahead What are we gonna do today We're just gonna hike up to the junction of the Appalachian Trail two point two miles on the Stafford Brook Trail where you think of this so far it's awesome Pretty soft pretty pine tree typical main Several man. The hike to Avery Peak, West Peak, and the Horns starts on the Fire Warden Trail, which heads north from the parking area and is marked with a Maine Huts and Trails sign to distinguish it from the other dirt road leaving the parking lot. There was another peak to climb about a half mile down. Here the Safford Brook Trail ends at a junction with the Appalachian Trail (AT). Location: 45.1394004821777, -70.1910629272461. In a little over two miles we will once again join the AT as it heads south to the rocky summit of Avery Peak, with 360-degree views. Land Manager: Maine Department of Conservation. Well maintained trail. From the summit hikers have a grand view of the Canadian Border Mountains to the north and the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the southwest, not to mention the views of Flagstaff Lake and the nearby High Peaks. Location: 45.1377334594727, -70.2253036499024. The Avery-West-Horns loop is marked in red. Part of the Bigelow Preserve, mostly the upper elevations, lies within a state Ecological Reserves specifically set aside to protect and monitor natural ecosystems. Full Details. (CHECK ONE) Took us about 8 hours up and back, including stops, though I'm not a particularly fast hiker. ROUTE & MAP: Safford Brook Trail to Appalachian Trail. May 18 2018 | Bigelow Mountain-Avery Peak and West Peak, ME via Safford Brook Trail, AT. Bigelow Preserve - Fire Warden's and Horns Pond Trails Loop. This challenging loop within the Bigelow Public Reserved Land is popular with visitors and includes the summits some of the range's highest peaks, West Peak and the Horns. The trailhead is located across the road from the campsite. A new password has been emailed to you. Bring a day pack with snacks, lunch and 2 liters of water. This stretch to West Peak was much quicker. Check out the newest articles in MTF Stories! It was a beautiful view at the top, but the wind almost blew me over a few times. Today started off with a climb to Avery Peak. So we had bought milk and ice that morning when we ran through town for the shuttle.&n The trail becomes very steep as it climbs up through boulders, and about halfway to the peak, there is a 0.1 mile side trail to the viewpoint for "The Old Man's Head" which offers fantastic views east. Almost there. Please try again. Be sure to carry equipment and supplies necessary for this undertaking. Success! The Bigelow Preserve is a public land managed for multiple uses including wildlife and timber management along with its recreational uses. Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts. © 2021 Maine Trail Finder. Moose Falls Tentsite is located adjacent to the Fire Warden's Trail just before the trail begins the steep climb to Bigelow Col. LOVE Bigelow Preserve!! WPT004. 360 degree views. The beginning of the Safford Brook trail was dry (surprising considering all the recent rain) and nice to walk. That's exactly what it took me (and I was about your age then) hiking north. Do not underestimate the difficulty of hiking the mountains of Western Maine. ... Dad and I hiked Bigelow from the northern side, up the 4-mile Safford Brook Trail… The trail then becomes more steep until it reaches the junction with the Appalachian Trail. This is a moderate loop trail to Avery Lean-to in Bigelow Preserve. Continue along the trail until you cross an access road. In the state of Maine, it is illegal to build a fire anywhere except within a certified fire ring. Fire Warden’s Trail (moderate to difficult, 4.6 miles) provides the shortest route to Avery Peak or West Peak from the south side of the Bigelow Range. Please try again. Little Bigelow lean-to. I think we saw about 15 people all day. We reached the shelter around 1pm … In addition, MATC maintains over 60 miles of side trails as well as a system of regularly spaced shelters and campsites in order that wild, backcountry hiking remains accessible in Maine. Fast, very fit hikers could probably do it in five. Trail Ratings 4.0 from 1 vote #1 in … Lots of spur trails … Hiked from Flagstaff Lake to Avery Peak. Descending down the steep, rocky steps of the Fire Warden’s Trail, we’ll reach the valley and Stratton Brook Pond. The area right around the intersection is the Safford Notch and it is well known for its "house-sized" boulders. The Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) is an all volunteer organization that exists to maintain and protect the 267-mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Maine extending between Katahdin in Baxter State Park and Grafton Notch at ME Route 26. Nice views of the brook as you travel up and down the mountain. This trail goes by Cranberry Stream Campsite, The Horns Pond, The Horns, and South Peak. Be very aware of past, present, and predicted weather. Safford Brook Trail is easy going and ends at the AT in an area of huge rocks with some boulder caves. Please contact the Bigelow District Overseer by email ([email protected]) to report any trail or shelter conditions that may require maintenance or special attention. At 0.7 miles take the left fork on to the East Flagstaff Road which intersects the A.T. in 0.1 miles. Thanks for watching! Take the north fork (left) 0.3 miles to the old trail- … Turning left or north bound will bring you, shortly to the side trail for the Safford Brook Campsite; turning right (or southbound) on the A.T. will begin the climb to Avery Peak. However, I wasn't starting out cold; the hike began back at Gorham so I was finally trail-hardy. East Flagstaff Road not plowed, access now only with 4WD and clearance or snowmobile due to snow Saturday 1/2. T. (South, off Rte. 5.30 Miles - From Safford Brook Campsite To Day 109 - Horns Pond Lean-to - Weather: 67 – 80 and sunny, thunderstorms in p.m.We left camp at 7am and did some hefty hiking up Bigelow, Avery, West Peak and South Horn. Avery Peak, West Peak, and the Horns, Bigelow Preserve, near Carrabassett Valley Map shows Bigelow Preserve trails (except for Safford Brook Trail.) Hiked this with my kids on 8/14/20. From the parking lot there is a small trail to the left. I was on top of a mountain and starting to doubt. It definitely gets more difficult once you get on the A.T., and trekking poles are helpful, especially for those of us who are on the short side. I planned to hike the Safford Brook Trail, which I had never taken, up to Avery peak in the Bigelow range. There are 2 main trailheads for Avery, The Fire Wardens trail and Safford Brook Trail. Traction needed pretty much the entire way, lots of bare rock above treeline where I bare booted. ... Bigelow Mountain West Peak. Enter your username, and we will send you a new, randomly generated password to your email account. This trail goes by Stratton Brook Pond and Avery Lean-to. A right turn heads in the direction of Avery Peak. AT west to Horns Pond. The route of the Safford Brook Trail approximately follows the old "Dead River Route" part of the A.T. from the 1930s before the creation of Flagstaff Lake. The trail is unmarked, but visible and easy enough to follow. NOTE DIRECTION FROM WHICH HIKER ARRIVED AT THE INTERSECTION. Day hiked it 7/26/19. Drive with guide to Safford Brook Trail, hike up and take in breathtaking views at the summit. Back by same route. Easy connection on to the AT. Are you day hiking or overnight camping? Visit Maine Appalachian Trail Club or the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands online (detailed trail guide) for more information or contact: To access the north and east side of the Bigelow Preserve is via the paved Long Falls Dam Road. I used the map that came with the AMC Maine Mountain Guide. I took shelter behind a rock and stopped for a snack. The AT climbs steadily to Avery Peak although there is no exceedingly steep sections. Day 1 Meet at trailhead at 7:00 am, leave overnight backpacks to be shuttled. The trail begins gradually as it follows Safford Brook and then begins to climb more steadily. 70 degrees at the lake, 52 degrees once we reached Avery including windchill from a refreshing 5-10 mph breeze. The wooded and bouldered Safford Brook Trail connects to the Appalachian Trail and provides a challenging climb from Flagstaff Lake to Avery Peak, Bigelow Range's second tallest peak. (North off Long Falls Dam Road) Fire Warden’s Trail (Stratton Brook Pond) REFUSED 6. Avery Peak is 4,090 ft., while West Peak is 4,145 ft. We'll be camping at the Round Barn Campsite, which is on Flagstaff Lake and hike the next morning. Myron H Avery Peak (Bigelow Mtn) ADVERTISEMENT. There is a small parking area. MATC publishes The Official Appalachian Trail Guide to Maine, which includes seven maps, please visit their website for information on how to purchase the guide or to learn more about becoming a member of MATC. Many short side trails leading to excellent views. TIME: A little over one mile per hour … ... You will hear the falls before you s... 0.6 miles Explore Houston Brook Falls. The trail climbs gradually through forested lands crossing Safford Brook. It was a nice easy first few miles. 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