Pleasant Mountain via Southwest Ridge Trail

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Pleasant Mountain Preserve

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, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length5.4 miElevation gain1,984 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingrunningForestViewsWildflowersBugs
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This land and trail is owned and managed by Loon Echo Land Trust, a non-profit located in Bridgton, Maine. Donations to support the maintenance of the land & trails are welcome and can be made at the trailhead or online at LELT.org.

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Maegan Callahan
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HikingIcySnow

Great views for the majority of the hike. Was a little bit icy in areas, we wore spikes though and it was fine. You do have to go down towards the end before going back up to the summit but the view is worth it!

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Falon Matthews
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful! Freezing snowy and windy at the top. I used micro spikes. You don’t need them but it definitely helps. Some slippery spots.

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Kerry Kerry Horton
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erek gaines
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Erin Maguire
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Absolute blast. Spikes are a must and gaiters are recommended, there are some snow drifts in the valley to the main peak. Nothing beats coming back down the Southwest Ridge in winter, the views last for 80% of the descent. Nothing like it in Southern Maine.

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Selena McEwen-Wood
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HikingIcy

Great hike! There were fantastic views throughout. Hike was challenging, but well worth it. Definitely bring spikes for winter months! We didn’t and regretted it. There are a few icy rocks at some pretty steep points and the valley is covered in snow and ice. Wasn’t impossible by any means without them, but it definitely slowed us down a good bit. There were some pretty steep points, but nothing crazy. A good workout with a heck of a view!

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Melissa Genthner
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Southwest Ridge Trail 12/30/20 - Small sections of ice here and there. Minimal section of snow and ice around 1,800 ft. where spikes were helpful. Everything before and after, no spikes needed.

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kiera michaud
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Walking

Perfect weather and amazing views wrapping all around the mountain.

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Jacob Foss
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Mike McPherson
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Stephanie McIntyre
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Chris W
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Hiking

Did this today and it was a good hike. This is definitely the most substantial of the Pleasant mountains hikes—I ended up with over 2000 vertical and over 7 miles traveled. It wasn’t as steep as the route via Bald Peak but there’s plenty of gradual climb to the SW peak, and then up and down after that to the main summit (and back). Lots of good views and a really good, quick workout. Would do again.

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Kristen Moody
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Awesome hike! Steady with some moderate climbs. Good calf burner.

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Kelly McMullin
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Megan Devlin
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Perfect

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Nancy Annis
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Jennifer Alck
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So far my favorite hike. It's has very interesting terrain the whole trail with a slow vertical incline to start with moderate scrambling on rocks. Then it levels out to easy to the next summit with a little moderate incline. Numerous beautiful outlooks along the way that slowed me down to take multiple pictures. It took me and my dog 4 hours round trip. It's less intimidating when I see a 5 year old making this journey.

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Jacob Foss
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Hiking

no summits, enjoyed the sunset at an outcrop

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Caraline Flaherty
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It was a gorgeous day for a hike! Trail well maintained and easy to follow.

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David Arenstam
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HikingGreat!

Maybe one of my favorite hikes. Of course, 72 degrees and sunny weather helps. The trail is steady and full of beautiful views. The only area we here we saw quite a few hikers was the top near the fire tower. Other than that, we were often on our own.

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Anna Davies
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HikingGreat!

This was a spectacular hike - the first mile or so is steep through the woods, but then it opens up to a more gradual ridge with stunning views of lakes and mountains. I definitely recommend doing the full hike to the main summit, to see Mount Washington (snow-capped!) and the other Presidential Mountains - but do know that the trail from the Southwest summit to the Main summit drops into a hole before climbing again to the main peak and at this time of year the trail was snow covered and slippery. Parking was a non-issue - main parking lot was tiny, but cars could park alongside the dirt road, and the trail was trafficked, but not too busy. Perfect for a solo hiker. All in all, this is one of my favorite hikes!

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Caroline Freespirit
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Steve Nesky
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Hiking

Solid medium hike. A great pounding workout on the way up to SW trail summit. The views don't disappoint!!! Highly recommend.

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Casey Doyle
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Well-marked with yellow blazes and rock cairns. Views the whole way up so you can turn around at any point if needed and still get great pics :)

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Michael Cohen
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Beautiful hike. Steep at the start but more gradual in the last mile. Easy 1 hr and change from Portland

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Kyle Mundorff
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Kettric Midura
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