Looking for a great trail in Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land, Maine? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land ranging from 2.7 to 5 miles and from 229 to 1,145 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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The Donnell Pond Unit includes more than 14,000 acres of remote forested land with crystal clear lakes, secluded ponds, and mountains with panoramic views. Located in Hancock County between Franklin and Cherryfield, this is where visitors can enjoy outdoor recreation in a scenic, remote setting.

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snow
1 month ago

This was a great little getaway. We loved the hike and highly recommend it. I’m not sure about the comments regarding the trail being poorly marked. The blue blazes were clear, bright and there were plenty of them. We did wear crampons as there was lots of ice and snow. The views were spectacular. Do yourself a favor and take the time to make this trek. And we stayed the weekend at Ocean Spray Cottages in Harrington, which added to a wonderful weekend getaway!

11/29/19 Icy on the rock faces but otherwise good conditions.

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3 months ago

Great trail! This is one of my favorite hikes so far. There were so many beautiful scenes. Did the Hidden Ponds Loop trail before continuing up the summit. There were several spots to stop and gaze at the changing trees. What a great time of year to visit! No bugs and aside from some slippery rocks, it was great walking. Well marked on the first half. We decided to brave the back half of the trail to finish the loop. It was definitely harder walking due to limited use and old blazes, but we made it. I would NOT attempt without having this app recording. Even with it, we got off trail a few times and significantly towards the end. It was an adventure! Many downed trees. Again, do not attempt without this app or a similar map. We would probably do it as an out and back trail next time instead of the loop. Not as many views on the way down. Still, we had a great time and luckily the clouds cleared at noon for some unbeatable summit views. 6 miles total.

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3 months ago

Awesome hike, panoramic views on top. The west side of the loop is barely marked and no longer maintained. Don’t attempt without a trail gps to follow, like this track

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4 months ago

Great “old” trail. Easy to follow if you can find it. First couple hundred yards from the top is confusing. After that, if you have any experience finding old trail blazes, no problem following it. Great views, plus moss covered path through big wood.

Beautiful path with nice views from the top.

Awesome climb with gorgeous views! First part of the trail was well maintained, but when I tried to do the loop I got turned around by multiple contradicting blazes and when I finally found the right path it was basically neglected. Clear messaging that they’d rather this be an out and back. Also, so many blueberries in August! A feast

Going up the trail is marked very well. Coming down not so much. You have to cross down a few granite boulders that aren’t marked and it’s easy to miss the trail. It’s pretty easy to get turned around on the top of the mountain. Spoke to a couple locals who said “yah the trails can be sketchy”.. which made me feel better. It was raining going up and we still had great views. The fog came and left pretty fast which was cool. It’s a good work out.

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bugs
5 months ago

This was a very fun hike and the vistas were fabulous. Accessing the parking area requires driving two miles on a narrow, unpaved Black Mountain Road from the entrance to Donnell Pond off of Hwy 183.

This was a very enjoyable hike. The views of the two ponds and the vistas from the top were all beautiful.

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rocky
6 months ago

Intense trail uphill.

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rocky
6 months ago

Moderate is a good rating for this trail. It was fun and challenging at times. I was able to bring my mother, small dog and three of my children with no issue.

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rocky
6 months ago

What an amazing hike!! Lots of great streams, the lakes are gorgeous, the views from the top were so awesome!! The only bad was the swarm of black flies at the top. It wasn't bad until the top- but it IS May in Maine after all. I had the greatest day. Be warned, the end part is quite steep but so worth it!!

My dog, Rylee, and I had a fabulous hike here. I didn't expect so many great views! Well worth the hike.

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8 months ago

This was a great hike. I would recommend tackling black mountain cliffs onto the rest of black mountain over to caribou then taking that loop trail up the the eastern peak. The right amount of difficulty. I did this alone. Around four hours with stopping and taking pictures. There was one spot where the trail kindof dropped off and I had to try and find it where it was over grown on a cliff but that was rather easy to do. Will look forward to doing it again.

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9 months ago

We found a loop at the top of the mountain that led us to different outlooks but had difficulty finding the trailhead for the part of the loop that would bring us back down the mountain. Did it as and out & back instead.

Definitely not a loop. Follow map at trailhead until the back half gets re-blazed.

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Sun Jun 24 2018

This is a good day hike with ever changing scenery. Took my husband and I about 4.5 hours to do. Some areas near the top require climbing up large rocks and we had to use our hands at times. The trail needs a lot of maintenance on the east side of caribou. My husband had to do a lot of clearing and essentially trail blazing as we hiked through. Bring bug spray!! Lots of mosquitoes near the ponds! But beautiful views at the top. Not very trafficked at all, hardly saw anyone there.

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Sun Oct 08 2017

The map at the trailhead does not correspond to the actual signage in the forest. In particular, the map does not show a trail going toward Tunk Lake, nor does it show at least one other more clearly marked trail going across Catherine Mountain. There may also be another trail going from Tunk Lake back toward Caribou, but it is very haphazardly marked and generally so poor that this part of the hike turned into a bushwhack for me that got me way off course and turned this into a much bigger loop. It's a nice hike all in all, but the signage could definitely use some work.

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Tue Oct 03 2017

Fun, moderate loop trail. Excellent views of Franklin and surrounding mountains and lakes. Trail down is very poorly marked, relied on GPX downloads on my phone to navigate down. Lost trail several times. With a few cairns and blazes this could be a top trial in the region. A fraction of the trail traffic you see in the Acadia region.

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Sat Sep 23 2017

Not a fan of this one, did it a few years back but gave it a second chance due to the map looking like it was now a loop. On the way the first hint was the posted trail map not showing it as a loop. Just in I can guess that the old woods road is where you would come out BUT not a single marking so I followed the trail to the top with my dog. Just as I remember it, you follow blue markers up and then the last .2 of a mile you guess and look for orange ribbon. Great view from the top, looked all around and found ZERO markers to indicate a way down other then where I came from. O did I mention the two hornet nests that are on the trail just past the second lake after you get past the rock stairs. Bad, a few go me but many got my dog before we could get out of their.

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Sun Aug 06 2017

This is a quality day hike. I was a little mislead as this address starts you off at Black Mountain (easy). You then hike to the East Peak of Black Mountain (easy) before you walk down to the path that will take you to Caribou. This trail takes nearly two hours between the two mountain peaks unless you're trail running. It is fairly over grown so check for ticks. However, once you get to Caribou the climb is as advertised with some pretty great views at the top.

This was a great hike. The right amount of difficulty. However, it needs to be cleaned up in some areas. There is allot of overgrowth on the trail on the east side of the loop. Trail markers need to be updated as well. Their there, just a little hard to see at times. All in all, a great day.

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5 days ago

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