Haoe Lead Trail #53

6/3/22 Update: This trail accesses Bob Bald which has seen increased bear activity. For safety tips, visit bearwise.org

The Haoe Lead Trail is an important trail in the southern portion of the Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness, providing connections to six other trails in the area.  The portion along the Stratton to Haoe Ridge are moderately used and easy to follow, while the portion between the Jenkins Meadow Trail Junction and the Deep Creek Trail Junction are very difficult and not recommend for other than very experienced hikers familiar with route finding in wilderness areas.

The western terminus is with the Stratton Bald Trail at 5,280 foot elevation.  From there, the Trail heads easterly along the ridge for 0.6 mile to the Naked Ground Junction with the Slickrock Creek Trail from the north and the Naked Ground Trail from the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest area.  This area provides good camping and water is available just down the Slickrock Creek Trail.  The camping area has very nice views to the south.

From the Naked Ground Junction, the trail continues along the ridge for approximately 1.0 mile to the Summit of Haoe (no view).  Just a few steps from that, the Haoe Lead Trail turns sharply in an easterly direction at the junction with the Hangover Lead Trail, which follows the ridge.  The Haoe Lead Trail continues steeply downhill for approximately 1.3 miles to a junction with the Jenkins Meadow Trail.  From that point, the next 2.8 miles undulate over and around several knobs, at times becoming heavily overgrown and extremely difficult to follow.  From the junction with the Deep Creek Trail, it is an easy 1.1 mile walk to the trailhead on Maple Springs Road.

Trail Length: 6.2 Miles

Difficulty: Very Strenuous

Usage:  Light

Average Hiking Times: 5-6 Hours either direction


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