Katahdin Loop Road
ElevationAscent: 1,662' 506 m
Descent: -1,362' -415 m
High: 1,403' 428 m
Low: 688' 210 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“The main gravel route through the Katahdin Woods and Waters still gives a sense of its beauty and isolation.”— Lost Justpastnowhere
The area is heavily forested (logging trucks ply the roads), and the area is particularly beautiful during fall color season.
The "loop" road starts at the boundary of the National Monument at Sandbank Stream, which is 12.5 miles down the gravel Swift Brook Road from highway ME 11. At Sandbank Stream, there is parking, a pit toilet, an information kiosk, and a small pond. You'll travel 2.5 miles from the start of the loop road before you reach the loop proper.
You'll definitely want to take the short diversion on the Scenic Overlook Road at about the 7.0 mile mark to get a good view of Mt. Katahdin itself. There is a picnic area and pit toilet at the overlook.
Land Manager: NPS - Katahdin Woods and Waters