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I hiked this mountain back in 1995 very nice then. Very different now, 12/19/2019 I still have not been able to find the the trail once you enter the spruce area and leave the logging roads. however I did manage to make it to the top but not the true summit. My advise is to forget about finding the old trail. Not saying I won't try again to find the old trail. Follow the trail and cairns through the young beech trees until you get to a swampy area an arrow and carin will point you to go right and cross a small stream. Don't go that way stay left and continue up a logging road. (starts to get steeper) The logging road will dead end just continue up the mountain straight and to the right slightly not too hard of a bushwack. The ridge area has been practically clear cut so you will be able to find it easily. The true summit has not been logged but is a ways off. The false summit is easy to get to and offers 360 views thanks to the loggers their is a cairn here. Head back out the  (more...)

My son (almost four years old) and I reached the trail head around 8:15 in the morning. It felt very dark, because you are completely overshadowed by trees. The trail starts off fairly steep up some rock stairs, before leveling off almost immediately to a more comfortable walk through the woods.

The trail is well maintained; there were many places along the way that trees had fallen across the trail, and had been sawed up and removed from the trail. In the steeper sections, the trail has eroded until the tree roots are sticking up. The roots aren't a problem though; in many cases they function almost like stairs over the steep parts.

There are yellow blazes along the way, but they are unnecessary; it is never even slightly difficult to follow the trail.

When we reached the summit, I thought I'd been tricked; we reached a wide open ledge that was clearly the peak, and yet the trees were grown up all around, so there was no view. Eventually I turned and looked  (more...)

I hiked this mountain with my son, who is not quite four years old. Neither one of us had hiked it before, but I'd read that it was a good family hike. This was definitely true. The trail is wide enough that Toby could hold my hand and walk next to me comfortably most of the way up the mountain. We never had any trouble following the trail, and it was clearly marked with red blazes all the way to the summit. There were a couple places where the trail forked, but there were also signs clearly showing which way to go.

Near the top, when the trail came out onto open ledges, we would occasionally see two sets of red blazes painted on the rocks, so apparently the recommended path was "moved" at some point recently. It was easy to distinguish between the fresh paint and the old paint, though, so we had no trouble deciding which way to go.

The actual summit of the mountain doesn't actually have the nicest views, as there are trees surrounding the open summit, which blocks  (more...)

I did this hike today with my son, who is almost four years old. The hike turned out to be much longer than we anticipated - but only because we took a wrong turn and ended up a couple miles from the Bri-Mar parking lot.

We started from the Bri-Mar trailhead, which is privately owned and maintained by the Huntress family, and graciously shared with the public. Please be sure to respect the instructions posted at the trailhead, which are reasonable and simple (no littering, daylight hours only, etc).

The trail is named after two people - Brian and Marlene Huntress, who hiked the mountain back in the 60s.

The trail begins as a mowed path through a pasture, and then dives down into the woods. My son said, "It's like going into a tunnel!" because the tree branches were thick overhead.

Right inside the woods there is a gate, which is not designed to keep hikers out, but vehicles. duck under the bar or go around it as you choose!

Shortly after this, you' (more...)

From the parking lot, we chose to go up the Ledges Trail. This meant walking back out from the car to the road, turning left, continuing up the road to where it dead-ends. The trail head is on the left.

The Ledges Trail is appropriately named, as there are a few places where you are hiking over rock ledge. Nothing that my almost-four-year-old son couldn't handle. Although on the way back down I did insist that he hold my hand over the rock face; he has a tendency to slip if he's standing on pine needles which are on top of rock ledge!

There were wild blueberry bushes everywhere, and in mid-July when we went, the berries were ripe and delicious. We had to stop several times along the way just to pick more berries.
Picking blueberries!
There isn't much for views at the summit, but fortunately the stone tower gets you above the trees so you can see. From Douglas Mountain you can see Pleasant Mountain to the west, Sebago Lake to the East, and many other mountains,  (more...)

Not as nice an experience as it was last time (not just because of the parking issue, and the fact that the trail had moved). It appears that no one is maintaining the trails very well any more; the trail divides several times, but there's very little blazing, so it's tough to know which fork goes where. On the way down, we ended up on a trail that led to a roadway that dumped us out onto the main road further down from where we started.

Views at the top are still nice, though! (more...)

I hiked Hawk Mountain with my wife and two children. Our boy, who is almost four, hiked up, while our daughter (sixteen months) rode in a pack on my back.

The trail up Hawk Mountain is actually more like a road than a trail. Mind you, I wouldn't drive my car over it, but I did see evidence that some vehicles - probably jeeps or ATVs had made the trip up.

For the most part the trail was dry, but near the top, where it starts leveling out, there were a lot of large puddles in the road, so we had to skirt around the edges of the road.

At one point, right around that time, we saw a branch in the trail that went off the left. We wondered which way led to the summit, and guessed that we should go straight. That turned out to be a good guess.

After walking on fairly level ground for a bit, we actually dipped down a bit, which made me worry we'd taken the wrong trail. However, we came out in a clearing with a bit of a view looking out over a pond/lake.

When  (more...)

Sabino Hill is the home of Fort Baldwin. If you're looking to hike up to the forts, it's a really short hike over a dirt road.

There are three installations (batteries) as you travel up the hill. The first one is VERY reminiscent of one of the batteries at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth. In fact, we really wonder if they used exactly the same plans.

Almost immediately after the third battery there is a tower - I'm not sure what the tower was used for; I think someone once told me it was a storage facility. You can go in the tower and climb up at least part way. The echo in the tower is extraordinary, and little Toby seemed to find it a bit nerve-wracking, so we didn't stay there long. (more...)

Starting out at the parking lot, you don't travel very far before you reach a fork in the trail. Go left, or go straight ahead - either way you'll get to the summit. I don't really think there's much difference between the two - the trails were very similar, and we could have done the loop in either direction without any problem. Laura voted for clockwise, so we turned left.

The trail was muddy in places (not surprising, considering we'd had over two inches of rain the day or two prior to hiking!)

It was not overly steep, but just steep enough to get our hearts pumping, since we tend to hike at a pretty good pace.

The summit consists of a couple ledges with views toward the south and east, and a little toward the west.

View of Pleasant Mountain
View of Kearsarge North and Chocorua

I did read in one hike report that although the hike is easily doable by children, care should be taken since there are open ledges with steep drop-offs. This is  (more...)

The trail from Brickett Place starts out pretty easy; a little uphill at the beginning, but then mostly level for the first half-mile. Somewhere during this stretch you'll see a sign telling you that you're entering the Caribou-Speckled Wilderness, and you should expect to encounter rough and not-well-marked trails.

Caribou Speckled Wilderness Notice
Some of the trails are rough, and not all are well marked, but overall, if you're paying attention, you shouldn't have too much trouble.

At 0.6 miles, you have to make a choice - go straight on Bickford Brook Trail for the 3.5 miles to the summit of Speckled, or turn right on the Blueberry Ridge trail for the 0.9 miles to the summit of Blueberry.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to do both mountains, so I figured it made sense to do the shorter one first. I'm glad I did the loop in that direction - the 0.9 miles to the first summit was easily the steepest and most strenuous part of the hike. I'd rather hike UP over a  (more...)

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Here are are some descriptions of our members' favorite mountains!
A short mountain in Fryeburg, Maine, Starks doesn't have a whole lot of nice views. Hiking up the power lines is a good workout, though!
Jockey Cap is more like a bump on the ground than a mountain. It's a short, rocky dome, which only takes 10 - 20 minutes to hike, but the summit is just high enough to get some nice views of the mountains all around.
The two Baldface Mountains are several hundred feet below being "4000-footers," but they are a more challenging climb than many 4000 footers. This is in part because the elevation at the base is much lower than it is for many taller mountains, but also because the trail is steep in places, and involves scrambling over rocky ledges.
Pigeon Hill isn't much of a hiking destination; Route 26 goes right up over it. It's mainly known as the home of the Oxford Casino. From certain locations on this hill you can see the Woodstock Wind Farm on Spruce Mtn, and you can also see Old Speck and the Baldpates in Newry, ME.
Mount Megunticook is located within Camden Hills state park in Camden, Maine. The beautiful Ocean Lookout spot near the peak provides views of the ocean, Mount Battie, and the Camden Hills.
Black Cap is an easy hike accessible from Hurricane Mountain Road in New Hampshire. Because HMR takes you most of the way up the mountain, it's a short hike to the summit. Views of North Conway, Mount Washington, Mount Chocorua, and Kearsarge North make this a great destination.
Hawk Mountain is a short mountain in Waterford, Maine, which overlooks some of the ponds and lakes of the Waterford/Harrison area, as well as gives some nice views of the White Mountains.
Sabino Hill in Phippsburg, Maine, is the site of Fort Baldwin. Baldwin isn't as well known as Fort Popham (which is just down the street) but it's still very interesting.
This is a nice mountain, good trails, relatively nice (but not spectacular) views. But if you go hiking for the sake of the quiet solitude of the outdoors, this is not the mountain for you. Far too many people everywhere on the mountain!
Located in Lovell, Maine, Sabattus Mountain is a short hike with nice views in several directions. It's a common family hiking destination.

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