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One of the best hikes in the southern Maine area! It’s steep from the very start but levels out a little bit as you get closer to the peak. I’d call the trail moderate but it was definitely a workout! Beautiful, beautiful views at the top. The abundance of blueberries as we approached the peak was a plus.

A nice hike if you're looking for something quick but worthwhile. The hike is logically divided into three sections: The first, along the pond, is almost entirely flat. After the pond you head straight uphill for 15-20 minutes of solid climbing until you emerge onto the exposed rock and excellent views of the pond and surrounding region. Then it's a gently undulating route to the "summit," although it's a little unclear where the exact summit is. There is a rock cairn, but it's neither on the highest point, nor the point where Garmin thinks the summit should be (which also is not the highest point). I looked around on what appeared to be the high ground for a USGS marker, but with no luck. There were abundant wild blueberries when I did the trail (late July). Note that there are a few crisscrossing and intersecting trails, making it quite easy to get off track, even in the summertime, so pay attention. I was glad to have my GPS with me so I could tell which fork to follow. And for what it's worth, my GPS registered 2.9 miles total, up and back.

loved this walk- some folks were saying it should be easy, here's the thing- if you're looking for a place to take anyone with mobility issues, it's would be a hard go, there are a few stairs, some narrow ways, etc. it's beautiful, quiet, and a great place to be on a Saturday morning.

An easy short hike with a great view at the end.

We started the trail by following the Eagle Scout trail. There was a few steep spots and lots of big rocks to climb over but the view from the summit was worth is. We followed the loop down to the road back to the parking lot. They do ask for a $3 donation to park

Awesome! Had two young kids with me and they loved it! Especially once we got to the top and saw the stone watch tower; will definitely be doing it again :)

This was a very easy trail to follow once I found it. GPS kept taking me to different places. The entrance I used was on Congress and Frost St and I parked in an Orthopedist Office lot. The scenery was beautiful and there are several benches along the way to observe.

Favorite trail of all time. Definitely moderate and has tough stretches, but is a great hike with beautiful views. Get lucky and go at the right time of the year and there is also wild Maine blueberries at the top (walk into the bushes all the way to the right)!

went there last summer and am headed back again. cool little hike.

Fantastic hike with young kids. Little bit of scrambling at the end make it even better for little ones.

Nice hike in the Lake Region area. Relatively quick trek, but there’s a nice stone fire tower with panoramic views at the summit.

It’s a nice short run with good elevation gain and irregular granite and roots. Great for a technical trail run with a few loops. Cool stone lookout tower at the top!!!

28 days ago

The path/road is wide and rocky. Some exposed rock and some smaller loose ones that could make for uncertain footing. There is a LOT of logging going on, and it looks fairly devastated in spots. Once you reach the clearing, walk straight ahead to the rocky ledge for some really great views of Shawnee Peak and the surrounding areas.

28 days ago

The path is well-camouflaged from the road. We parked in the church lot and walked up. Brought poles and was glad, as there were a lot of wet leaves and tree roots and rocks that were slippery in spots. The path is steep, but short, and the views worth it. To make up for the short hike we also hiked up Hawk Mountain, only a few minutes away.

29 days ago

Make sure to go past the first view and follow the cairns up to the money shot. Spectacular view, easy hike up, and was able to run most of the way down. Marked very well and the man who maintains the trail does a great job. Very quiet and secluded.

on Mount Tire'm

1 month ago

it was a very quick hike than what im normal used to but it was perfect for a really hot day with 2 kids. its got a pretty good view and my kids had a great time climbing on the giant rocks and finding the wooden bear. the first part of the trail is kinda steep so use caution but its a good trail with a decent view overall.

This was a great hike. Short but challenging. We hiked it with 4, 7 and 9 year old and they all did fantastic, even on the steep parts. The quarry at the top was neat and we found some really cool rocks. I think we actually missed the true summit, we went down to the left to the quarry and looking at the map after, I think the summit was up to the right. The views were still fantastic.

A very fun little day hike, great for dogs and kids. Our 8 year old daughter has been hiking this with us since she was 6. Plan on about 3-4 hours, depending on how many breaks and how long you break for. Pretty views along the way. On summit most days you get an impressive view of Mount Washington.

You’ll want bug spray.

Wonderful little set of trails right in Portland; impressively diverse landscapes and tons of wildlife. Feels very secluded and private, if it weren't for the distant traffic noise you wouldn't know you were in a heavily populated area. Trails are well maintained and adequately marked. The laminated trail maps found at some of the intersections are usable but the relative distances shown aren't very accurate so keep that in mind.

1 month ago

took this hike with 3 kids (ages 8-12) today. its a great hike but it does get tough at times while climbing up the mountain and suggest strong caution if you decide to bring children or are not a strong hiker. has great views from the top though and has a cute little spot to jump in and cool off while you relax before you head back down. :)

Perfect climb to kick off the season. Views at so many points of the hike.

1 month ago

fun little place. very buggy right now. some neat shaped trees and the tower was nice you could see the presidential mountain range

Awesome hike! Took my 1 year-old Brussels Griffon. He did great :)

1 month ago

Last summer I would hike this after a day at work. I plan on doing it again this summer and doing a sunrise hike. LOVE the views and has pushed me to do some more hiking.
Update: A week or two ago I hiked up and they had cleared some trees and I'm kind of disappointed. It weaves in and out of the trail but is usually visible from the trail. I will continue to go because it is such a beautiful view and a good workout if you go at a brisk pace.

Trail is in great condition. Fun little hike. Bring bug spray.

1 month ago

Really nice hike, the first mile is all elevation and the traverse over to the main summit is beautiful. 3rd time up Pleasant Mtn and this might be my favorite trail. Trail was in great shape and mosquitoes were at a minimum. Blue markers were great and the view is great!!

Hiked Pleasant Mountain via Southwest Ridge today 5/27/18. Trail. 2.9 miles up and 2.9 miles back. Took about 3 hours of hiking. I’m 58, my daughter is 28. And my dog is 4.
A great day! A terrific trail. Starts up right out of the gate. View from various ledges on the way are terrific. Maine is a special place.
My dog picked up 4 porcupine quills half way up. Glad I had my Swiss Army knife with pliers.
Harder than I thought, but agree it is moderate.
Lunch at the top. Parking lot 2.8 miles on Denmark Road, off of Route 302.
Will look for similar hike in June. Great trail and well marked. Thanks to landowner(s) who let us use it!

My husband and I hiked the Southwest Ridge Trail yesterday. It was our first hike this spring, and we probably should have worked up to it! The trail goes straight up the mountain, which means straight down at the end! There are very few flat areas for respite. It is listed as moderate, but we would also consider it strenuous, due to the steepness and rocky nature of the trail That being said, it was gorgeous. The day was perfect and the views spectacular. We will definitely go back later in the season. Do NOT forget bug spray! We met only two other hikers, but shared the trail with millions of mosquitos!

Great hike. We ended up going all the way to Bald Face from this trail and it was 8.2 out and back.

Nice little tune up for NH this year. You can see Washington still snow capped off in the distance.

Perfect 2-3 hour hike. Beautiful pics, turn-outs and enjoyable summit. Really fun to race back down.

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