Hall Pond and Singepole Mountain Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews

Hall Pond and Singepole Mountain Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Paris, Maine that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
541 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

From the small parking area near the boat launch on Hall's Pond, the Pond Loop Trail heads north, following the shore of the pond. Though this first section of the trail is unsigned and unmarked, it is well worn and easy to follow. In approximately 0.5-miles, the trail passes through an open old-growth pine grove which extends out into the pond. A small fire ring and idyllic views over Hall's Pond may be found here. A short ways past this grove, the Singepole Mountain trail departs the Pond Loop and begins to climb steeply. This junction is easy to miss for first time visitors, especially with leaves on the ground; look for two red metal bull's-eyes affixed to two trees on the left. Shortly after this junction, the Pond Loop passes over large exposed stones a few feet from the water; hikers that reach this point by mistake should turn back and look for the uphill trail. After the left turn onto the red-blazed Singepole Trail, the route becomes much more strenuous. The 0.5-miles of uphill trail after this junction are characterized by slippery rock banks, narrow ledges and one tight squeeze beneath an overhanging boulder. Past this section, the trail ascends out of the trees and attains the southern false summit of Singepole Mountain. Panoramic views to the south, west, and north include Pleasant Mountain, the lakes and towns of the Oxford Hills, and the White Mountains on the horizon. From here, it is a short walk along well worn jeep trails north to the granite quarry.

hiking
24 days ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months 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. :)

hiking
9 months ago

This is a challenging climb to some of the best views in the area. The initial walk around the pond is fairly easy to follow even though it is not marked. After the firepit site, follow the edge of the pond until you see the beginning of the uphill climb marked with two red disks on two trees. From there, follow the red disks to the open ledges at the top. An old granite quarry near the top provides a unique opportunity for rock hunting and photography.

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