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Great winter hike to stay in shape for summer hiking. Used microspikes on trail with no problem. Parking lot was plowed and easily accessible (the bald peak lot was a sheet of ice and could not get up the incline to park so went to Ledges). Beautiful hike on ledges with great views. The peak was beautiful as well.

Walked the full loop for sunset and ohhh what a glorious spot it is to soak it in. Trails are well marked, coastal, plenty of parking, out house, and then there’s the wagon on the hill.

Walked the full loop for sunset and ohhh what a glorious spot it is to soak it in. Trails are well marked, coastal, plenty of parking, out house, and then there’s the wagon on the hill.

Great winter hike for hikers of all abilities. However this mountain requires traction (microspikes, Trail crampons) in winter months; without traction, the slopes near the summit would be treacherous (quite a bit of ice). With traction, the whole loop is enjoyable, easy-to-moderate, and can be completed in 2-2.5 hours. Enjoy!

hiking
22 days ago

Fun loop with the pup. Felt like a fall hike today.

on Ripley Falls Trail

hiking
28 days ago

The road to the trailhead was closed and so required an additional climb to get to the trailhead. The trail is in good shape and the snow is well packed although there are some icy areas and at one point we had to do some rock hopping over a shallow stream. We didn’t see anybody else on the trail. The waterfall is gorgeous and icy this time of year. Highly recommended quick hike.

Completed this as a winter hike. Little bitter rougher hike with snow on the ground. Did the hike in regular boots with "Stabil" slip on traction from L.L. Bean ($26/each). Hike length is correct about 1.4 miles from trail head. The hike was moderate. Great view of the frozen falls at the end. The trip was definitely initely worth the pay off.

Beautiful in December

Have done two parts of this - very nice. Flat and straight.

Really liked this hike! It was crowded when we started in the afternoon on a weekend. We had to park on the main road outside the parking lot and saw a ton of people on the trail. The hike was challenging but the views at the top were great!

Wife and I climbed Mt Major this morning. A beautiful day to be outdoors. Temps were in the Low 40’s with sunshine. Wind made it a little chilly at the summit. Always remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather. Just poor choices in clothing:). Took us 1.5 hours up and 1 hour down. Recommend some sort of traction cleats or crampons as well as trekking poles. Approximately 6 to 8 inches of snow throughout most of the hike. A little slippery coming down the blue trail. All in all a very blessed day.

The trail follows a ridge line between two ravines and appears to be open year round with a plowed parking lot. Great for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

So a friend, me and her toddler (he was carried, lol) did this hike Oct 7. The Bemis portion is beautiful, the only thing is to meet back up with the Arethusa trail it’s pretty much straight up. We managed, but be forewarned to avoid the Bemis section unless you want to 1) back track or 2) climb. The falls are gorgeous and the trails were well kept. I’d love to do it again after the winter thaw.

We took Bemis Trail (yellow) up and stopped at some amazing smaller which was pools and falls. The Bemis Trail is about .5 miles long. The one thing to consider is when Bemis joins back to the Arethusa Trail (blue) it is a STRAIGHT up using your hands at times to meet back up with the Arethusa Trail.
We did it with our 9 year old and this was the only portion he complained about.
The falls were well worth the hike. I could have stayed all day.
Note: If you are looking at hiking this in the November+ days at least microspikes are recommended.
The map shown on this page is just the Arethusa Trail, it does not show the red on Bemis.

Great day hike and close to home.

Fun trail fairly easy with some steeper hills. Lots of roots and unsteady ground. Beautiful views. Great little ferry homes kids and grown ups created all along the path.

Great day for a hike:) Mount Major did not disappoint!

Loved this loop, went with dad. Easy and rewarding.

Great path ! Took my friend and me around 1h9m. We did stop at the overlooks and take pics . Our average pace was about 18 -20 min/mile - so it could be completed in around 40 minutes! A few things about the trail ; very very rooty! Also it had down poured yesterday and a lot of the trail was still mucky. Neither of these are cons - just information I would personally have liked to know before I hiked so I thought I would share.

Hiked the boulder loop and brook trail today. It was beautiful and the foot traffic was very light. weekdays seem to be an ideal time to hike Mt Major. The summit was freezing and windy, but the fall colors were still beautiful.

Beautiful, but very easy to get lost. Not a well marked trail. Has some cool sights, like the rocks with words written on them and the bases of homes that were once built there.

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked both the Ann Stokes and Daniels Mountain loops. Several spots with great views, amazing rock formations, and fun castle ruins. There were a few places that could have been marked clearer, but definitely worth doing.

Nice hike, river view and historic markers. We took our 4 year old grandson and had fun teaching him how to identify the different types of trees and leaves, moss mushrooms. Picnic tables and small grills available and a playground. Only complaint would be about the hikers that let their dogs off leash.

It was a really nice 3 to 4 hour hike with two spots with amazing views but I few sneak peaks at the view along the way.Id do it again

Excellent short hike with stunning views of the tidal flats. My wife and I hiked this gem on Friday. We saw seals fishing as the tide retreated. Can be hiked in sneakers like we did but highly recommended a good pair of boots due to the roots and uneven footing.

hiking
3 months ago

The only annoying part was the long dirt road to get to the trail head ! I was the only one hiking, and it was very peaceful. Although I started it later than most would recommend (4:15pm) in mid October I was back down at the car by 5:30pm. However, I did run most of the way down because I wanted to catch the sunset on my drive by Mount Blue State Park on the way out. Great hike overall. Stunning views at the top and very windy.

One of the best hikes in the Lake area. It is definitely more on the easy side, but it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes with minimal effort.

This was a challenging hike as it was our second moderate one of the day but it was very rewarding at the end. The falls are breathtaking and can not be captured with a photo! Not a a lot of room to spread out and relax at the falls but it wasn’t crowded when we went and we were able to relax and enjoy the view for a while. We had a small dog with us and he had no trouble on the hike.

Great place ❤️

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