Packard Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews

Packard Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Buckfield, 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.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
190 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

lake

waterfall

historic site

Two-mile, five-foot wide loop trail which meanders through a hardwood forest, amongst talus slopes, whalebacks, and waterfalls, providing remote access to and views of South Pond. The route is punctuated by innumerable scenic features including views of the pond, several marshes, and North Hill, as well as a dozen or so significant glacial erratics, and small waterfalls along two prominent streams.

6 months ago

Awesome trail with some good hills!

hiking
6 months ago

Very easy trail, but has a story posted throughout the trail, my teen daughter enjoyed reading the historical pieces throughout the trail.

8 months ago

should be considered easy not moderate. nice trail with a couple views of the pond but well marked and well traveled. bring the bug spray!

hiking
9 months ago

Fun short hike with some decent elevation changes. Broke a sweat by the end of it.

hiking
10 months ago

Very easy hike with a great view of the lake.

hiking
11 months ago

Don't stop or you'll get eaten alive. cascade loop may be considered hard to follow.

hiking
11 months ago

Main trail is well marked and reasonably well maintained (save for lots of small stumps directly in the path). However, the Cascade Loop isn't worth doing in any regard. There is virtually no trail for much of it, just marker signs in on trees directing you through a bushwhack. There is a small waterfall on it, but there are others off the main trail to see if you want to be sure you see some.

hiking
Friday, March 24, 2017

Easy to follow and well marked with yellow arrow tags. No problem following the trail in the virgin snow. There is another loop off this loop called Cascade Loop which will need exploring later as this is the trail that has the waterfall.

6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago