Appalachian Trail (Section #209)

Rainbow Lake West to Rainbow Lake East
Located 28.5 miles from Millinocket, Maine (ME)
4 Stars
21,427 Steps 1  (10.1 mi)
Appalachian Trail: [ #001 - #212 ]


The Appalachian Trail (Section #209) has a maximum elevation of 1,163 ft (355 m), a minimum elevation of 678 ft (207 m), and an elevation range of 485 ft (148 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,42710.1 mi678 ft1,163 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.5 hrs34.8418 ft347 ft
[ B to A ]
3.6 hrs28.9347 ft418 ft

What is the length of the Appalachian Trail Section #209?

The length of the Appalachian Trail Section #209 is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) or 21,427 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Appalachian Trail Section #209?

A person in good physical health can hike the Appalachian Trail Section #209 in 3.5 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.6 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Appalachian Trail Section #209 while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Rainbow Lake West to Rainbow Lake East topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Caribou Lake North, ME
  2. North Topo Map: Harrington Lake, ME
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Doubletop Mountain, ME
  4. West Topo Map: Caribou Lake South, ME
  5. Topo Map: Rainbow Lake West, ME
  6. East Topo Map: Rainbow Lake East, ME
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Farrar Mountain, ME
  8. South Topo Map: Wadleigh Mountain, ME
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Nahmakanta Stream, ME

Is there an Appalachian Trail map for Section #209?

Yes, and they're free! The Appalachian Trail Section #209 is located on the Rainbow Lake West and Rainbow Lake East topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

AT209T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Appalachian Trail Section #209 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.


  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.