Hall Pond Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews
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Hall Pond Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Waterford, 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

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

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
3 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.

3 months ago