Elevation

4,090 ft / 1,246 m

Prominence

268 ft / 81 m

Summits

61 summits

Top climbing months

July   29%

September  18%

October   13%

Most climbed route

Fire Warden Trail

Highlights

  • Avery Peak is a subpeak of Bigelow Mountain, a long mountain ridge with several summits; the highest is West Peak at 4,145 ft.
  • The best views of the ridge are considered to be from Avery Peak.
  • The Appalachian Trail traverses Bigelow Mountain.
  • Much of the mountain and surrounding area is part of the 10,540-acre Bigelow Preserve, created in 1976 in response to a massive proposed ski resort.
  • The Appalachian Mountain Club considers both the West Peak and Avery Peak of Bigelow to be 4000-footers because Avery Peak rises more than 200 ft above the col that adjoins it to the higher West Peak.
"After West Peak, we went over to Avery Peak. The trail was now broken out. We darted up Avery Peak. We then had to come off the summit into the wind. So we darted out of there. Had a bit of frostbite on the nose. I was told it was white. We then went down the Fire Warden's Tr and made the long walk back to the cars. It felt great to gain some winter 4000ers in Maine. " - newenglandwarrior, Dec 30, 2017
"Great hike. Climbed the tough Firewarden's Trail to Avery Col campground. Dropped our gear and set up camp, then hiked without packs to the summit of Avery. Beautiful open summit with 360 degree views. It was cloudy, but still spectacular." - mikewilliamsjr, Sep 30, 2017
"The Bigelow Range is a really great hike. Cool weather was good as this summit really takes it out of you. Just wished for a little more sun at the top. But the views from both peaks are incredible. Wide sweeping views in all directions, especially north to see the entire Flagstaff Lake. Sugarloaf Ski Area to the south." - Alohabuffy, Aug 9, 2017
"NoBo AT Thru Hike 2016. The hike over to Avery was short and a little bit rocky. Tom joined me on the walk over. We split at the top and he took the Fire Wardens Trail down to his car to drive around and pick me up and I continued down the AT. " - Kim-Stilson, Sep 19, 2016
"Great hike up bagging this 1st. 20% chance of showers was an understatement. Temperature dropped 25 degrees in an hour with winds at 45 mph. We were glad it was over quickly. " - vincentaceto, Jul 16, 2016

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