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    Steve Scontras completed Little River Property

    6 months ago

    Steve Scontras reviewed Basin Trail from Basin Brook Reservoir

    over 1 year ago

    Trailhead is at parking lot for Basin Pond approx 1/2 mi off Rt 113. Relatively flat for first 1.3 mi until you get to Hermit Falls loop & the Falls....after the falls it climbs moderately/steady. Ive read in some reviews that it is steep near the top, yes, but nowhere near as steep as I was lead to believe after reading the AMC book & speaking with 1 party who were on the way down. A good choice for a 1/2 day hike with decent views at top of Basin Pond & surrounding other summits.

    Steve Scontras reviewed Bald Pate Mountain Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Nice trail complex, very well kept. The parking lot is good sized, with a kiosk. The parking lot/trail head is right off rt 107..if heading north its just over the Sebago/Bridgton town line & is actually right at a large wooden "Welcome to Bridgton" sign.

    I took the blue trail (Bob Chase) then went straight at a 4 way trail intersection onto the Red trail (Foster Pond) for an easy hike to the Foster Pond Lookout...the red trail dead-ends here. Nice view over Foster Pond below. I retraced 1/2 way on the red trail until I came to where Red turns left to meet up again with Blue. Easy hike on blue with just a couple moderate elevation increases. When blue ends, bang a left onto Orange to the summit. Nice large summit area, with almost 360 views...better views than i thought. Great view over Peabody Pond with Sebago in distance. To this point it is an easy hike, good for beginers & kids. It would also be fairly easy descent to just retrace steps...but....I decided to take the Green "Pate Trail" which is very steep downward trail & rather rocky...just take your time & watch your step, & should be fine. (Using Green as an ascending trail would probably be considered difficult as it would be a very steep incline all the way over the rocks/boulders.., so beginners, kids, seniors should avoid but if youre looking for a real bitch of a workout, give it a try I guess!) You get another good view just after the 2nd "Sheer Cliff" warning sign. When you hit the bottom of Green, I decided to bang a right onto Orange (south face loop trail). The 1st half of Orange is a pretty level hike, shortly after you pass Yellow trail on left (I did not take), Orange begins a good steady ascent to the west of the summit....probably a 300'-400' elevation gain, until you hit the Blue trail again. In this spot there are 2 Blue choices, doesnt matter as they both rejoin the main section of blue trail, but I banged a left since I hadnt gone that way on my way to the summit. From here, pretty easy hike all the way following blue back to the parking lot. All in all a great trail complex that offers you the options of easy up & back to the summit or some more moderate to difficult trails if youd like. Be sure to drop a couple bucks in the donation slot at the kiosk. I would prefer to give it 3.5 stars, but since thats not an option went with 4 because it is very well maintained, well marked & because of the numerous options & good views. Thank You, Loon Echo Land Trust!

    Steve Scontras reviewed Spruce Hill Trail

    over 2 years ago

    I took this route from Rt 113 because i thought, based on trail maps/etc, that i would be doing 3 different summitts..Spruce Hill, Ames Mt & finally Speckled. While you do hike right across the "summitt" of Spruce youd never know it....I think it was just some exposed ledge on the trail in the middle of the woods, just before a sag. Further on, you pass below the visible wooded summit of Ames Mt...no trail to it. Finally, after passing through a small lovely little meadow you get to the summit of Speckled Mt with 270 degree views. Really good views. the trail (under a different name) apparently continues towards 2 other mountains but it is 3.1 miles to this point (about 2:15) so I merely retraced my route back to the parking lot on Rt 113 (across from trailhead its also the lot for Royce Mt trails). All in all a nice hike with reward of excellent views, just was a bit disapointed thing i was going to hit at least 1 more summit along the trail

    Steve Scontras reviewed Spruce Hill Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Steve Scontras reviewed Peary Mountain

    over 3 years ago

    Typo..parking lot is on the rt, trailhead is on the left...sorry.

    Steve Scontras reviewed Peary Mountain

    over 3 years ago

    Nice hike, not overlong with good views, fairly easy incline. Parking lot is on Farnsworth Rd, on left just before Little Saco River...trail head on right about 50' from lot. After about a 1/2 mile or so (just guessing) look for a stone firepit & 2 makeshift stone benches on your right...youll want to take a left here. After taking the left, I took the immediate right (about 100' after turning left) up a fairly well defined foot trail...this took me up to the "south summit" which had the best views...which were outstanding. If youd prefer to save the best views until last, then instead of taking the immediate right that I did...proceed straight after turning left at the firepit/etc and take the 2nd right...(if you dont turn rt here ive been told its private property & they dont want you there.) In short time youll come to a fork, bear left to get to the relatively bland "main summit" with view of Mt Tom & the back of Pleasant Mountain...retrace your steps back to the fork but continue straight to the summit with the best views!

    Steve Scontras completed Peary Mountain

    over 3 years ago

    Steve Scontras reviewed Bald Pate Mountain

    over 3 years ago

    Steve Scontras completed Bald Pate Mountain Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Steve Scontras completed Sawyer Mountain Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Steve Scontras reviewed Sawyer Mountain

    over 3 years ago

    Went up the Smith trail, I had some notes from somewhere that mentioned fairly early on the trail to venture slightly off the trail and "climbing the height of land on the right for a rewarding view"...save you time, there was no view...either that or I picked the wrong spot.

    That being said..I found it be an enjoyable, easy-moderate hike through the woods. Just Ok views at summit, but its a nice, large grassy & treed summit if you want to linger. I took the route down that others have referred to...the old rocky rough road that leads down to gravel rd that passes a couple houses...Id recommend going back down the Smith Trail. I found this old road to be a twisted ankle waiting to happen...very rocky, washed out in places..and aesthetically unappealing..but just my 2 cents worth.

    Steve Scontras completed Burnt Meadow Mountain Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Steve Scontras reviewed Burnt Meadow Mountain Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Tess...too bad, it actually has a decent sized parking lot (8-10 cars) & is pretty clearly marked & even has a "trail parking ahead" sign on both sides of Rt 160....which is Spring St...punch in 459 Spring St, and that will be right across the road from the parking lot. I hope you give it another shot, its a really nice hike.

    Took blue trail up, took me about an hour & 15 minutes since i took breaks. I would say difficulty was moderate+, but thats just my opinion. Near the summit you do a rocky scramble, but not too tough. I found the ascent to be a good workout, with several nice views from the "false summits". Summit is large & mostly open. The Twin Brook Trail "yellow trail" down is long, windy through woods and nothing really special.... But shortly after you start it you get a great view of the White Mountains. You could also just go back down the blue trail, might be a bit steep but I had 2 parties pass me going down while I was going up.

    About 1/2 way down the yellow trail is the fork option to go to Stone Mountain ( did not due to time of day). Overall a very nice hike, very good challenge for beginners.

    Steve Scontras reviewed Ossipee Hill Trail

    over 3 years ago

    The vast majority of this hike is a bland, unattractive steady ascent up a rocky gravel jeep road. Decent workout. There is a nice 1800's cemetery on the right shortly after starting.

    Near the top, the first fork on right that has a metal gate just takes you up to a cell phone tower. The one marked "Land Trust", takes you up to a nicely treed summit area with the best views. The final trail on the right, at the end of the road, is the one that takes you up to the fire tower, which to be honest was kinda underwhelming/anti-climatic.

    Steve Scontras reviewed Mt Tom

    over 3 years ago

    Did this later in the afternoon..perfect for a quick trip.....about 40 minutes up & 20-25 down. Hike through some nice woods, no views until you get near top. Good sized summit area with grassy areas if you want to linger....pretty good views, looking at back of Pleasant Mountain.

    The parking lot at the barn is very small, not sure you could even get 5 cars in there, but I was only one there at the time.

    Steve Scontras completed Mount Tom Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Steve Scontras completed Ossipee Hill Trail

    over 3 years ago