Katahdin Loop Expanded
ElevationAscent: 1,353' 412 m
Descent: -1,359' -414 m
High: 1,396' 425 m
Low: 626' 191 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“Awesome gravel grinder that gives the sense of the raw beauty and stark isolation of Katahdin Woods & Waters.”— Lost Justpastnowhere
Much of the route follows the main Katahdin Loop Road and the rest of this loop follows official mapped routes, which seem well maintained. You still have the chance to see bears (saw mama with three cubs), moose (one cow), deer, and maybe even the odd homo sapien (one male /female pair). The Wassataquiok Stream is readily accessible from the start/finish and there is a great overlook of Mt. Katahdin itself about halfway through the ride. The area is particularly stunning in leaf season in early to mid-October.
This loop starts at the end of the Orin Falls Road because I like to start at the low point and get the climbing out of the way, but there are several other parking areas along the main loop. Take Orin Falls Road to the main loop. You'll definitely want to take the short diversion on the Scenic Overlook Road to get a good view of Mt. Katahdin itself. There is a picnic area and pit toilet at the overlook.
Continue along the loop road until the three-way intersection with The Broken Road. There are a couple of other views of Mt. Katahdin on this stretch. When you reach The Broken Road, follow it past the gate until you reach Barnard Mountain Road. Turn right to complete the loop.
If you're looking for a little bit more, you can take the Orin Falls Trail north to Orin Falls before you return to Orin Falls Road.
Land Manager: NPS - Katahdin Woods and Waters