Pleasant Mountain via Southwest Ridge Trail

moderate 311 reviews

Pleasant Mountain via Southwest Ridge Trail is a 5.4 mile out and back trail located near Denmark, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,984 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

bugs

hiking
rocky
snow
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Spring conditions today without much mud. Icy here and there, but mostly wide open and dry. What a beautiful trail with panoramic views on the way up and down. Grateful for the cairns marking the route.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a challenging hike today 11/9/19! With snow and ice! Came down this trail and went up the Fire Wardens trail! The views were absolutely beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike -- good views, some steep climbs, fair amount of flat rock. It was about 35 degrees at base, but sunny the whole time, so it wasn't a cold trek moving at a fast pace. Wore a heavyweight base layer and tech hoodie just about the whole hike. Small patches of ice on rocks, but nothing that couldn't be stepped over. Light snow at higher elevations -- the slowest part was through the forest toward the top, with the snow on top of all the the leaves making a slightly slippery descent.

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Challenging hike, it was wet and slippery. Views were beautiful! Took us 4.5 hours to the summit and back.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike a few years ago. Took this trail up and then Ledges Trail down. Lovely views from the top and a nice little workout.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike on 10/5...excellent southern exposure on a beauty of a day. Sunshine the entire first accent. A bit of a surprise after reaching southwest ridge ‘summit’, there’s a trek down through the woods...for a mile or so, then nice workout back up to the summit of Pleasant Mountain. Out n back was perfect 3 hour hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Great moderate trail with great views on the way up

hiking
5 months ago

great moderate trail I would highly recommend it on a sunny fall day

hiking
5 months ago

We did this hike in early September. Steep and rocky at first up to a false peak and then minimally steep to the true peak. Absolute gem of a trail. Gorgeous views all the way up. Dog friendly, family friendly, perfect for fall weather. The creek was gorgeous due to a recent rain and the trail wasn’t too muddy.

hiking
5 months ago

Great views, well marked trails. I loved all the little adventures along the trail. real perfect spot at the top to enjoy lunch

hiking
5 months ago

What a great little gem of a mountain. The trail is marked as moderate which I feel is fair. There are some short inclines you walk up. The trail is marked with yellow markers, stone piles and white markers with a stork on it pointing the way. As you are walking up the mountain turn around and check out the awesome view behind you. At the summit the views are spectacular. This mountain is half the size of Old Speck but the views are 100% better. Definitely put this little mountain on your list of mountains to do.

This is a great trail! It is a bit steep to start and then there is a little break before the climb starts again. This trail ties into the ledges trail to the summit, so the total trail to the top is just under 3 miles. Everything is well marked and the views at the top are great!

hiking
6 months ago

I have been up all the trails to Pleasant Mountain summit and the southwest ridge trail is the best by far. Best views, most diverse terrain and most challenging.Lots of up and down as this trail crosses two summits. Views at summit are rewarding for such a small mountain.

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing hike today! Trail was very well marked and pleasant just like the name. Ate blueberries all the way to the top.

hiking
6 months ago

Very well marked. Gorgeous views. Definitely a heart pumper...not for beginners.

A great trail with a steady elevation gain, with a dip before a second climb to summit. Great views on both sides. No running water at all in first week of August, so if taking your dog be sure to take extra.

Great weather and views.

hiking
6 months ago

unsure if this was the trail I did, though the views are spectacular of neighboring (far away) mountains.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail definitely kicked my ass a bit. I didn't make it all the way the first time, came back with my brother the next day and made it to the top. Well not really the top, but the top of the trail. You'll reach the "smaller" summit towards the end of the steep trail, then it goes in a different direction towards the main peak. Would love to try and make it to the top of that at some point. I will say this hike is NOT EASY. This is coming from a fairly amateur hiker. If you are like me in that respect I would ignore most people here and take note of the difficulty. A LOT of steep terrain. No rock climbing, just a lot of uphill trekking. Take your time and drink plenty of water beforehand (two things I did not do my first time). It really is a beautiful trail, so if you are up to it you'll really enjoy it.

hiking
7 months ago

I lost a pin off my pack... if anyone finds it can you pack it out for me ? It's a star trek pin haha. The trail was marked very well. Had many beautiful views along the way. It took me longer than anticipated because of the heat. We went up the southwest ridge trail and came down ledges, catching a ride back to the cars at south west parking.

hiking
7 months ago

a great hike. did this one yesterday and i loved it. it was a longer hike than what i usually do but it was well worth it with all the different lookout spots with great views. took this trail up the mountain but ended up taking the ledges trail back down. very well marked trail and easy to follow but there are a few spots on this trail where you wont see any yellow markers (mainly because of clearings aka lookout spots)but as long as you follow the cairns you will find the yellow markers again with no issues. this trail is a bit steep at the beginning and a few spots throughout but a lot of it is on pretty flat ground making for a nice easy break between the higher climbs.(least it was for us in the 95degree heat)

hiking
7 months ago

Enjoyed this hike, If continue to Main Summit (fire tower) the round trip will be 5.9 Miles. If go on to Main summit you will be going down hill away on ledge trail before climb back up to main summit. Did the Hike yesterday (mid July) lot of blueberries and wildflowers. Including wild lilies.

running
7 months ago

This is my favorite early- and late-season mountain run. Because of it's aspect (SW, hence the name), the trail gets lots of sun and stays ice- and snow- free a lot longer than the trails on the other side of the mountain. After just a few minutes of more-or-less straight uphill, the trail contours around and things open up beautifully all the way to the intermediate summit just past the "teepee." What a gorgeous trail to run! (I must have done it 50 times by now!)

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked this for the first time (at least that I can remember) in the pouring rain. It was a great hike despite the weather. Had a great time and would love to do it again to see the views.

Lower mountain, but great views. Multiple ponds and lakes. Good 4hr hike. The name fits this hike.

Bad black flies. Iffy attitude. Decided to turn around. Not today. No regrets.

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