Posted on October 17, 2020 and last updated on October 18, 2020

Burnt Mountain, Baxter State Park

QUICK TRAIL FACTS

  • Preserve Size: 209,644 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 1.3 miles one way
  • Pets: no
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Sights: views

For relatively little effort (for this park at least!), you can hike to an outstanding view of Baxter’s peaks and valleys.

The 1.3-mile trail follows a wide path to the 1,810-foot summit, along a weathered old road to the former fire tower that stood on the now view-less peak. (All that remains of this structure are the concrete feet.) The climb is fairly gradual until the final 0.25-mile push to the summit, when it gets a bit steeper. After arriving at the remains of the tower, the path continues a hundred yards or so beyond it to an open rock ledge with incredible views.

Here’s a great hiking resource to Baxter State Park, with lots of maps.

Directions: From the Matagamon Gate, the trail head is about 13.7 miles down the Park Tote Road. The trailhead and small parking area is on the left.

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Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!