Pleasant Mountain via Southwest Ridge Trail

MODERATE 79 reviews

Pleasant Mountain via Southwest Ridge Trail is a 5.4 mile out and back trail located near Denmark, Maine that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.

5.4 miles 2057 feet Out & Back

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9 days ago

great local trail, and super training for the bigger peaks. did it today on snowshoes which is different for me and found it to be quite a workout for legs that haven't hiked in four months. went all the way to the main peak. want to thank the girl I spoke with in the parking lot that broke that trail.

4 months ago

Great views and quite the trail...well marked. Quite the getaway.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice easy hike out during late summer. Great cairns along the way & options to continue going if you want!

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5 months ago

Such an absolutely amazing hike. Ledges trail is challenging and breathtaking. One of my favorite hikes and only an hour outside of Portland.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views all along the hike and a great workout... Loved the cairns!

trail running
5 months ago

This is one of the great little mountain gems of the region. I live in Bridgton and work in Conway Village in neighboring New Hampshire, which means I drive right past Pleasant Mountain almost every day. And though I love to head into the Whites for a run after a long work day, Pleasant is just so convenient that I end up here quite often, and in all seasons (252 trail runs of the mountain as of Oct. 3, 2016). I will write this little review from the perspective of a trail runner. Of the two trails that access the summit directly (Ledges and Fire Warden's), the Ledges is much superior for running. The footing is better and the amazing views start about halfway up. The Ledges Trail is easily runnable in its entirety for experienced and relatively fit runners. My best time is 50:00 (32 up, 18 down), although I'm middle-aged and cautious, so it can certainly be done much faster. A typical time for an average trail runner would be something either side of an hour. In the winter, the Ledges Trail is almost always packed out and I run it in my trail-running shoes on all but the coldest days (micro-spikes are often necessary). The Bald Peak Trail goes to the north summit, and is quite steep. Recent trail work has made it much better for running, and the ridgeline connecting the north summit to the main summit is excellent running terrain. The SW Ridge trail is a beautiful and fairly steep run to a subsidiary southern sub-summit; to go to this summit and return is almost exactly as long and requires almost exactly as much energy output as the Ledges Trail. From the sub-summit to the main summit the trail loses a lot of elevation before regaining it, and is hard to run because it's narrow and often rooty. The SW Ridge Trail is excellent in the late fall and early spring as it catches the southern sun and is often snow- and ice-free when the other trails are sketchy. For those wanting a nice 1 - 1.5 hour running loop, up the Bald Peak trail to the north summit, along the ridge on that trail to the main summit, down the Ledges Trail, and back to the Bald Peak trailhead makes for a nice 5.5 mile trip (the final 1.5 on the road). I hope this is helpful. Come and enjoy this little mountain in my back yard!

hiking
6 months ago

Did the Fire Wardens Trail and from trailhead it was 5 miles round trip. It starts out with a gradual consistent incline and levels off for about a quarter mile then once you past the rundown bridge the incline continues to increase all the way to the top. So pretty much going up 95% of the time. The trail has lots of big smoother rocks so will be slippery when it's wet but there are paths on the side in a lot of those places. The trail is well blazed with red markers and easy to navigate thru I thought the view was pretty impressive and made the hike worth it. The day was clear and could see NH mountains! It was a great day hike and hope this review helps.

6 months ago

great views

6 months ago

6 months ago

Love

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6 months ago

This is a great hike..steep at first ,great cairns to follow..(and add to) the views are great and the top has a great ledge to rest to rest on before continuing on to the summit. it has been go to...hiked it 3 times so far.... ; )

hiking
7 months ago

A short but steep hike, with great views. Took a bunch of nice pictures. Will do it again one day.

7 months ago

Nice hike! Steep most of the way. Beautiful views!

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9 months ago

This mountain has a very steady incline, definitely not a hike for beginners. But once you get to the top, there is a very nice view.