Black Cat Mountain Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Poland, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
A fine hike for a fall day. A few notes: First of all, contrary to what it says here in the listings, this is NOT in Range Ponds State Park. It is several miles to west of there, on the other side of Maine Route 26. There is some parking off of North Raymond Road before the silver metal gate that guards the gravel road up which you will hike, or you can park on the shoulder, as I did. It is basically a hike up a gravel road--though there are a few places with old pavement on it too--to the broadcast tower at the top. The route is the one marked here with the red line, not the dashed line. Stay on the main gravel road (whch is very well maintained) at all intersections until the top. It is pretty easy to follow; the only slightly tricky place comes about ten minutes in where a dirt road continues straight and the gravel road goes to the right. Turn right to go up the gravel road. There are not many views along the trail, but the leaves were turning with beautiful yellows and reds, mainly from maples and oaks. The first 15 minutes or so are fairly flat, but then it becomes steeper until the summit. It took me about 40-45 minutes to reach the top. There's really no view at the broadcast tower, but follow a dirt road that turns right away from the tower that curves toward the eastern edge of the peak. There is a lovely view to the east from the end of that (though unfortunately painted graffitti on some of the ledges at the top). An enjoyable hike!
was an okay hike. not a lot to.look at on the way up, but, continue past radio tower for beautiful view. was very disappointed in the amount of trash along the trail and the broken beer bottles at the top. Probably won't hike this again , especially not with my dogs and kids.
The trail that the map shows is not the trail you take. The trail is a dirt road that leads you up to a radio tower. Easy hike, but no good view of the landscape below.
A moderate climb to the radio tower at the top of Black Cat Mountain on a well defined gravel road. This trail is dog friendly but may be a little too steep for young children. There is limited parking at the entrance to the trail.