Appalachian Trail: Moxie Pond Road to Shirley-Blanchard Road

Follow the West Branch Piscataquis River through lake-dotted landscapes and old growth forests on this 17.9-mile hike—perfect for a long weekend.
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Follow the West Branch Piscataquis River through lake-dotted landscapes and old growth forests on this 17.9-mile hike—perfect for a long weekend.

Shelters: Bald Mountain Brook Lean-to; sleeps 8. Moxie Lean-to; sleeps 6. Horseshoe Canyon Lean-to; sleeps 8.

TO TRAILHEAD: Start: From Bingham, ME, take US 201 north to ME 16. Turn right; take ME 16 east for 5.8 miles. Turn left on Dead Water/Indian Pond Rd.; go 11.5 miles to trail crossing on southern end of Moxie Pond.

End: From Monson, ME, take ME 6/15 south to Blanchard Rd. Bear right on Blanchard Rd.; go 4.5 miles to right turn in road. Drive 1.3 miles to trailhead.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 28.8

Waypoints

WPT001

Location: 45.2585487365723, -69.7995529174805

Bald Mountain Brook Lean-to. Deep Rock Cleft and falls located W of the shelter, 50 ft. down trail

WPT002

Location: 45.2820167541504, -69.6270141601562

Trail to Horseshoe Canyon Lean-to; See falls to the E

WPT012

Location: 45.2517318725586, -69.8300857543945

Powerline and Moxie Pond (aka Joes Hole)

WPT011

Location: 45.2523498535156, -69.8299179077148

AT turns E following Moxie Pond Rd.

WPT018

Location: 45.2646675109863, -69.7690811157226

AT turns E @ jct. with Summit Bypass Trail; trail to spring

WPT011

Location: 45.2630996704102, -69.7761306762695

View to the W of Moxie Pond and Bigelows

WPT047

Location: 45.2823333740234, -69.6278991699219

Trail to Horseshoe Canyon Lean-to

WPT037

Location: 45.2762985229492, -69.6900863647461

Gravel road

WPT021

Location: 45.2709350585938, -69.7643814086914

Trail to Moxie Bald North Peak, .7 mi.

WPT018

Location: 45.2588348388672, -69.801383972168

Bald Mountain Brook; Tentsites of old logging camp

WPT005

Location: 45.2868347167969, -69.6252670288086

Stream

WPT016

Location: 45.2475814819336, -69.8268203735352

Powerline

WPT027

Location: 45.2711334228516, -69.7452697753906

Trail to Moxie Bald Lean-to

WPT013

Location: 45.2630348205566, -69.7757186889648

AT turns E around boulder, tricky

WPT007

Location: 45.2879829406738, -69.6121368408203

Stream

WPT048

Location: 45.2832489013672, -69.6287536621094

Horseshoe Canyon Lean-to

WPT014

Location: 45.249870300293, -69.8308639526367

AT turns W off road

WPT009

Location: 45.2647666931152, -69.7768478393555

Giant Rock Terraces West

WPT017

Location: 45.2557983398438, -69.8032836914062

Swamp

WPT025

Location: 45.270565032959, -69.746467590332

Trail to Moxie Bald Lean-to, Stream river rock

WPT008

Location: 45.266300201416, -69.7783203125

AT turns E at Y with Summit Bypass Trail

WPT008

Location: 45.2838516235352, -69.5917663574219

East Branch Piscaquis River; Trail along shore

WPT046

Location: 45.2779502868652, -69.644416809082

Stream; The AT on this section follows the West Branch Piscataquis River repeatedly going up and down the banks reaching a stream almost at every dip

WPT041

Location: 45.2755012512207, -69.6614685058594

West Branch Piscatiquis River: Ford river using the path on the small island to the left then reach the far shore continuing that line up the bank

WPT015

Location: 45.2638664245606, -69.7716827392578

Moxie Bald Mountain summit

WPT026

Location: 45.2706680297852, -69.7452011108398

Moxie Bald Lean-to

WPT034

Location: 45.2794990539551, -69.7217864990234

Tricky river crossing with guide overhead rope. After this river crossing, the AT follows along Bald Mountain Stream. Geological contact point nearby where adjacent rock ages are millions apart

WPT015

Location: 45.2497825622559, -69.8305358886719

Baker Stream

WPT020

Location: 45.2590179443359, -69.8009490966797

Trail to Bald Mtn Brook Lean-to

WPT001

Location: 45.2827491760254, -69.6275329589844

Horseshoe Canyon Lean-to

WPT044

Location: 45.2744178771973, -69.6484146118164

Scenic view of the W of Branch Piscataquis River

WPT035

Location: 45.2811317443848, -69.7220993041992

Old dam

ZZZ012

Location: 45.2856826782227, -69.5862655639648

Shirley-Blanchard Rd.

WPT011

Location: 45.2862319946289, -69.5883483886719

Gravel Road; AT turns E 50 feet

WPT040

Location: 45.2717018127441, -69.66455078125

Dirt road; stream

DSCF9525

Location: 45.2749824523926, -69.6503143310547

DSCF9419

Location: 45.2780685424805, -69.7028579711914

DSCF9408

Location: 45.2652015686035, -69.7867660522461

DSCF9458

Location: 45.2630500793457, -69.7754135131836

DSCF9421

Location: 45.263599395752, -69.7766494750976

DSCF9516

Location: 45.2706184387207, -69.7452697753906

DSCF9366

Location: 45.2585830688477, -69.7995834350586

DSCF9400

Location: 45.2610168457031, -69.7953033447266

DSCF9391

Location: 45.2585830688477, -69.7993698120117

DSCF9538

Location: 45.2827987670898, -69.6274795532226

DSCF9543

Location: 45.2840003967285, -69.5916366577148