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Sweeping views of Moosehead Lake and the surrounding mountains await at the summit of Big Moose.

Hike the Moose: Big Moose Mountain, Greenville, Maine

Text & Photography by Tom Richardson

Big Moose Mountain (formerly Big Squaw Mountain) makes an ideal day hike for most folks, including families with young kids and dogs. The trailhead to the 3,196-foot mountain is roughly five miles from Greenville and two miles outside of Greenville Junction (take a left off Rte 6/15 onto North Road and drive another half-mile).

This crumbling fire warden's cabin marks the trail's midway point.

From the well-marked parking area, the trail leads through a mix of hardwood and pine forest and ascends gradually for the first 1.4 miles, at which point you will arrive at the remains of an abandoned fire warden’s cabin (Big Moose was the first mountain in the nation to boast a fire-lookout tower). This is a good place to take a break before beginning the more arduous climb to the summit. The trail rises steeply over the next .7 miles through pine forest and over rock ledge before topping out at the exposed summit. Here, you are treated to spectacular views of Moosehead Lake and the surrounding mountains. On a clear day, you can even see Mount Katahdin.


The last .7 mile of trail offers a steep ascent through pine and moss-covered boulders.

Notes: Big Moose is one of the “Pinnacle Pursuit Challenge” hikes in the Moosehead Region. Others include Mount Kineo, Mountain No. 4, Eagle Rock, Whitecap Mountain, and Borestone Mountain. It is also home to a small ski area on its northeast face.

The trailhead features a large parking area and good signage and an information kiosk.
Big Moose was the site of the first fire-watch tower in the country.