Haoe Lead Trail

At A Glance

Most Difficult

6.2 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 6.2
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Trail Number: 53


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.

Intersecting Trails

  • Stratton Bald
  • Naked Ground
  • Jenkins Meadow
  • Slickrock Creek
  • Deep Creek Connector
  • Hangover Lead
  • This trail is located in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness trails list page.

    This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Haoe Lead - Stratton Bald to Naked Ground/Slickrock Creek Trls.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.52 mi

    Haoe Lead - Naked Ground/Slickrock Creek Trls. to Hangover Lead Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.95 mi

    Haoe Lead - Hangover Lead Tr. to Jenkins Meadow Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.13 mi

    Haoe Lead - Jenkins Meadow to Deep Creek Connector Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 2.66 mi

    Haoe Lead - Deep Creek Connector Tr. to SR 1127

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.03 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 6.29 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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