Russell Pond campground in Baxter State Park is a 7.2 mile hike from Roaring Brook campground, the location for nearest automobile access. Hikers may choose to begin on the Sandy Stream Pond trail, which, northwest of the Pond, links to the Russell Pond Trail.
The trail follows a valley and some low ridges populated by moose who seem to resent human intrusion but move only slowly, if at all, to give way to hikers. At 6.5 miles from Roaring Brook, Wassataquoik Stream must be forded (be careful of high water) just downstream from a nearby lean to.
Views from “behind Katahdin” are spectacular and interrupted by only a few hikers willing to make the trip that seems much longer than seven miles with a full pack. Facilities include lean-tos, tent sites, and an eight-person bunkhouse. No showers. Again, moose seem to own the pond itself, sharing it grudgingly with campers in canoes.