Pleasant Mountain Trail is a 3.3 mile out and back trail located near Denmark, ME. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and downhill skiing.
Such an absolutely amazing hike. Ledges trail is challenging and breathtaking. One of my favorite hikes and only an hour outside of Portland.
This is one of the great little mountain gems of the region. I live in Bridgton and work in Conway Village in neighboring New Hampshire, which means I drive right past Pleasant Mountain almost every day. And though I love to head into the Whites for a run after a long work day, Pleasant is just so convenient that I end up here quite often, and in all seasons (252 trail runs of the mountain as of Oct. 3, 2016). I will write this little review from the perspective of a trail runner. Of the two trails that access the summit directly (Ledges and Fire Warden's), the Ledges is much superior for running. The footing is better and the amazing views start about halfway up. The Ledges Trail is easily runnable in its entirety for experienced and relatively fit runners. My best time is 50:00 (32 up, 18 down), although I'm middle-aged and cautious, so it can certainly be done much faster. A typical time for an average trail runner would be something either side of an hour. In the winter, the Ledges Trail is almost always packed out and I run it in my trail-running shoes on all but the coldest days (micro-spikes are often necessary). The Bald Peak Trail goes to the north summit, and is quite steep. Recent trail work has made it much better for running, and the ridgeline connecting the north summit to the main summit is excellent running terrain. The SW Ridge trail is a beautiful and fairly steep run to a subsidiary southern sub-summit; to go to this summit and return is almost exactly as long and requires almost exactly as much energy output as the Ledges Trail. From the sub-summit to the main summit the trail loses a lot of elevation before regaining it, and is hard to run because it's narrow and often rooty. The SW Ridge Trail is excellent in the late fall and early spring as it catches the southern sun and is often snow- and ice-free when the other trails are sketchy. For those wanting a nice 1 - 1.5 hour running loop, up the Bald Peak trail to the north summit, along the ridge on that trail to the main summit, down the Ledges Trail, and back to the Bald Peak trailhead makes for a nice 5.5 mile trip (the final 1.5 on the road). I hope this is helpful. Come and enjoy this little mountain in my back yard!
Did the Fire Wardens Trail and from trailhead it was 5 miles round trip. It starts out with a gradual consistent incline and levels off for about a quarter mile then once you past the rundown bridge the incline continues to increase all the way to the top. So pretty much going up 95% of the time. The trail has lots of big smoother rocks so will be slippery when it's wet but there are paths on the side in a lot of those places. The trail is well blazed with red markers and easy to navigate thru I thought the view was pretty impressive and made the hike worth it. The day was clear and could see NH mountains! It was a great day hike and hope this review helps.
A short but steep hike, with great views. Took a bunch of nice pictures. Will do it again one day.
Nice hike! Steep most of the way. Beautiful views!
This mountain has a very steady incline, definitely not a hike for beginners. But once you get to the top, there is a very nice view.
definitely got my heart rate moving. easy to follow the yellow blazes up and back down. I'd bring bug spray, but the bugs weren't crazy annoying by any means! saw a lot of Pink Lady Slippers growing on the side of the trail.
Hiked the FireWardens trail. Easy first mile or so then the terrain gets rocky. Still easy in hiker language. 2.5 miles trailhead to summit. Took 2hr 20 min round trip with an inexperienced friend.
I hiked the bald peak trail both ways. It was a gorgeous hike. A bit challenging but not too bad. Make sure you stop off at needles pt. It's a little cave mossy waterfall and definitely worth the slight detour.
Great! Certainly an incline most of the way. The view was worth it. I'd say it's a little more challenging than a beginner but it's worth trying out! I would hike it again.
Definitely challenging for a beginner! Steady incline the whole way up. Absolutely worth it for the incredible view. Only saw one other person the whole time! (Tuesday in spring)
Nice moderate trail with amazing views of the lakes region. Great beginner hike, or lite picnic hike. 4hours round trip at moderate pace.
Nice trail to hike. First mile relatively easy. Second mile to summit is rocky, hilly and steep. Lots of opportunities to roll your ankle..especially on icy rocks hidden under fallen leaves. Beautiful views from the summit!
First ever mountain hike.Stayed at pleasant mountain camping area and did it early afternoon. Many people on the ledges trail. Steady climb to the top and shady for the first half. Awesome views and not very difficult. Would love to explore the other trails next time I'm in maine!