WEST CHAIRBACK POND FALLS

West Chairback

Monument Cliff sign

DESCRIPTION: This is a two-tiered cascade, described as having a 17 yard total drop. Springs with large snow melts will pump enough water over the falls to create the two cascades but normally the falls will have a numerous small cascades starting upstream of the AT and continuing downstream for about 25 yards. A visit will require a 5.4 mile hike on a challenging (and beautiful) section of the Appalachian Trail. The waterfalls may not be worth a long hike but the scenery is definitely worth the effort.

Special Notes of interest: Magnificent views from Monument Cliff on Third Mountain, a 2.1 mile hike from the parking area. Once you have checked out the falls, West Chairback Pond is a short 800 foot walk upstream, watch for the sign on the south side of the falls. The pond holds some large brook trout and is a great place for a picnic lunch.

Seasonal Notes: Best time to visit is in April and May during runoffs from large snow melts. Later in the season the falls can be quite boney.

Scenic Rating: 1/5 for the waterfall, 4/5 for the trail views
Difficulty Rating: 3/5
Hike Duration: 5.4 miles, 5 hours
Handicap access?: No
Fees?: Yes
GPS readings: N45.4493 W69.2853
County: Piscataquis
Township: T7 R9 NWP
DeLorme Atlas: Map 42 D1 marked in DeLorme

DIRECTIONS:

From Greenville: Head north from the blinking light and make the first right turn which is Pleasant Street, at 2.0 miles the road will become dirt, at 3.6 miles cross Wilson Stream, at 12.0 miles stop and register at Hedgehog Gate and pay the gate fee, at 13.9 miles take a right at the intersection, at 17.3 miles take a right on Chairback Mountain Road towards Gorman Lodge, at 19.4 miles park at the Third Mountain trail head. Directions continued below:

From Brownville: Turn west on the KI Road from ME 11, at 6.3 miles stop and register at the KIW Gate and pay the gate fee, at 13.6 miles turn left on Chairback Mountain Road towards Gorman Lodge, at 15.7 miles park at the Third Mountain trail head. Directions continued below:

From the marked trailhead hike 1.4 miles to the Appalachian Trail junction, turn left and hike north on the AT 1.3 miles to the waterfalls. Please note that the first 1.4 miles of trail are marked with blue blazes and the remaining 1.3 miles are marked with the white AT blazes.

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Photos: ┬ęBob Hamer