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  • Writer's pictureGerry Caron

Exploring the Wilderness: Conquer Cranberry Peak and Beyond!

Updated: Jun 23

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Exploring the Wilderness - Conquer Cranberry Peak

Embark on an unforgettable journey exploring the wilderness through the rugged beauty, and explore the majestic Bigelow Preserve, where adventure awaits at every turn. The trail to Cranberry Peak, marked by distinctive blue paint blazes, promises both challenge and reward as it winds through breathtaking landscapes and historical landmarks.

Trail Activity:

  • Length: 9.2 miles, Round Trip

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced


Starting from the trailhead, the path gently ascends for the first mile before crossing a babbling brook. From there, prepare for a steep ascent, leading to the fascinating Arnold's Well—a testament to the region's rich history, named after Benedict Arnold's expedition through Maine.

As you trek onward, soak in the panoramic vistas from First Ledges, offering sweeping views of Stratton and Flagstaff Lake. Don't miss the opportunity to explore The Cave, a striking geological formation accessible via a side trail.

Fun Facts:

  • The trail was blazed in 1934-35 by Game Warden Helon Taylor of Eustis, Maine.

  • Myron Avery, the driving force behind the Appalachian Trail, praised Mt. Bigelow in the 1942 edition of "The Appalachian Trail Guide To Maine."

Activities Abound:

  • Birdwatching

  • Camping

  • Cross-country skiing

  • Fishing

  • Hiking (trails)

  • Hunting

  • Off-road biking

  • Snowmobiling

  • Snowshoeing

  • Watchable Wildlife

Prepare for an immersive outdoor experience, where nature's wonders await at every step.

What to Do in Moosehead Lake

For those seeking more activities and detailed guides, Moose River Lookout offers a wealth of information about the Moosehead Lake area. From seasonal events and community news to outdoor adventure guides and dining recommendations, Moose River Lookout is your new resource for exploring the region. In addition to hiking, you can find information on boating, fishing, camping, and local attractions.

Want more information checkout our Moosehead News!

Where to Stay

Enhance your adventures with a comfortable stay at our Moosehead Lake cabins, located amidst the natural beauty of Maine's Highlands. Whether you're exploring Monson, Shirley, Greenville, Rockwood, or Jackman, our accommodations offer the perfect retreat after a day of thrilling activities.

So, whether you're seeking solitude in the wilderness or simply yearning for a change of pace, consider embracing the Maine Highlands and you'll find hidden gems waiting to be discovered.


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