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Aziscohos Mountain Hiking Trail

Aziscohos Mountain

Aziscohos Mountain rises to the northwest from beyond Upper Richardson Lake.


AZISCOHOS MOUNTAIN TRAIL: This trail, located in Lincoln Plantation, offers some of the finest lake views in the state. Enter the trail on Route 16, 17.7 miles west of Rangeley and 100 yards south of the Magalloway Bridge at the foot of the Azicohos Dam. The ascent is easy through the woods on Firewarden’s Trail. There is an optional North slope descent. For more info. call the Rangeley Chamber at 207-864-5364.

  • Road to summit is 1.75 miles
  • Elevation gain is 1700 feet to the summit at 3,186 feet





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ScottJune 8, 2014 at 5:29 pmReply

Are you sure this is the right trailhead? We tried this route and after a mile the terrain becomes difficult (covered with logging debris). After a mile and a half we could see that we were still nowhere near the summit and turned back.

Dianne FAugust 1, 2014 at 11:28 amReply

There is sometimes logging in the area, but the description of the trail is accurate. The trail does gain quite a bit of elevation, but then, suddenly, you are at the summit. Hikers will know they are near the summit when they come to a signpost that with some historic information at the junction of the Fire Warden’s Trail and the trail on the north side of the mountain.

Adam B.August 10, 2014 at 3:31 pmReply

Same thing happened to us last September.

Adam BAugust 10, 2014 at 3:30 pmReply

We had tremendous difficulty finding the trailhead last September (2013). Once we did find it, the trail was so poorly maintained that we could not be sure we were on a trail at all. Eventually had to turn back. Is it in any better shape this season? I would be willing to put some time into improving it.

GloriaSeptember 9, 2015 at 2:46 pmReply

Just completed the trail on Labor Day weekend 2015. The trail was very well marked and I thought it was well maintained. Could have been because it was busy too.

The trailhead was difficult to find. Someone tied a red ribbon on it this year. Here are the telephone pole #s if this helps anyone: 235S 39 S

Jeff CSeptember 23, 2015 at 8:53 amReply

I tried the trail on Sep 19 2015. I found the trailhead to be pretty obvious, almost in view of the dam, with a green metal gate.

I got stumped (pun intended!) by all the logging slash at 44.926378, -71.004935. If you put these coordinates in google earth you can really see the logging effects. Was this log landing the clearing where the warden’s cabin was that my Maine Mountain Guide 8th edition mentions? It says there is a spring covered by a structure but I couldn’t find that at the landing and there was a small brook flowing down the NE side, so I would suspect the spring and warden’s clearing is farther up closer to the softwoods. The guide book also mentions “discrete” blue blazes, but I didn’t see any. I suspect I should have continued straight up through the landing, which looked promising except it was overgrown with briars without an obvious worn down trail like there was going up to the landing.

NicholeAugust 7, 2016 at 8:22 pmReply

We did the trail today.8/7/16. Trail head was easy to find. Trail well marked with red blazes.

KristenAugust 12, 2016 at 11:04 amReply

We hiked the trail 8/9/16. We might well have spent as much time looking for the trailhead as we did ascending Aziscohos. The trail is right off 16, its very narrow entry flanked by two red-painted trees that aren’t that easy to spot from a car. To those encountering the same difficulty finding the trail, be advised that roughly one mile east of the dam you’ll find a gravel road and approximately 100 ft further east than that road you’ll find the trail. There is a faded AAA sign nearby.

Once our boots hit the trail, we had no problem with way-finding. As Nichole noted above, the trail was well-marked with red blazes. It’s a worthwhile hike with a gorgeous payoff. Views for years!

Jeff COctober 30, 2016 at 12:17 amReply

The trailhead as shown on the map above is wrong. There used to be two trails, and the trailhead shown is for the lower, now abandoned (?) trail. The actual trailhead is about a mile up Wilson Mills road on the right. I have an older edition of the ATC Maine day hiking book which describes both trails. Newer editions of the book only describe the upper trail.