Tumbledown and Little Jackson via Parker Ridge Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Weld, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,982 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

This hike starts at the end of Morgan Road in Weld, ME. Follow the Parker Ridge Trail to Tumbledown Pond.  The continue over the East peak to the West peak.  From there, backtrack a short way to the North peak trail, and follow that trail over the North peak to the Little Jackson trail.  Take that trail over the top of Little Jackson and back to the starting point.

hiking
29 days ago

An awesome hike. The trail in the wooded section between Tumbledown and Little Jackson could use some work. A very good day if the weather cooperates.

hiking
1 month ago

So why did I not discovery this hike for 30 years?? My new favorite hike in Maine. Best views for the longest time of any hike in the State. Once you get above the tree line, it's hours of hiking with spectacular scenery as far as the eye can see. Not just uninterrupted views, but a variety: rolling hills, lakes, peaks, and cool rock formations - not to mention the challenging trails. Seemed that there as a new fascinating thing to see or navigate at every turn, making this long, exhausting hike entertaining enough to keep you plodding along. I would categorize the loop as a whole as "hard," with moderate and easy sections. If you complete the entire thing, you will remark at how tired and sore you are but not be able to put your finger on why. No ass-kicking, memorable steeps for long distances or anything that will traumatize you, but the up and down never ends once you get to the tree line and take the ridges.

The downhill side of Little Jackson as you head towards Tumbledown gets steep fast and begins the tough portion of the hike. Lots of fun climbing up and down rocks. That loop around the back of the Pond is wild terrain. Nice to be on a trial that someone is not striving to cultivate into ADA complaint. You will lose the trail more than once, I promise you, so check your AllTrails position frequently any time you dip down into the tree line again, which happens several times. Take a back-up battery for your phone because you will drain the battery even in airplane mode trying to relocate the trail and taking lots of photos. Losing the trail is particularly easy in the Fall when the leaves are down and cover the worn path to make it blend into the wilds. Lots of dipping down into the tree line and then back up to exposed rock sections of the trail. Not actually winding, but tiring for sure.

The Pond even this time of year is disappointingly crowded, but if you take the loop depicted here from Morgan Road up to Little Jackson Mountain, you will see few people until you clear Tumbledown and are nearer the lake. Parker Ridge Trail seems to be the "highway" most visiting the Pond take up and back down. Can't wait to do this one again and camp overnight. DON'T MISS IT!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely amazing hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Many areas of this trail are on the hard side of moderate. A great trail with the most amazing views at the top. Some of the elevations over rocks are hard for short folks.

hiking
3 months ago

This was an amazing hike. The trail between Little Jackson and Tumbledown (the unofficial part) was totally unmarked and difficult to follow when you were in tree line. The area had heavy rains two days before we arrived and some of the washouts looks like trails... We used the app to get back onto the correct track - life saver!

I would have to agree with others about the dogs. I have two Siberian huskies and while they enjoyed most of the hike, the scrambles up ledges were eventually a bit much for them. Morgan Road to Little Jackson was fine for them and the Parker Ridge Trail return was pretty good. That segment would have been better for them had they not been as tired as they were. I rarely tire them out on hikes!

8 months ago

I consider this to be one of the 10 best hikes in all of New England. I don't think there's another mountain in this part of the world that offers such amazing views of itself as Tumbledown. It is true that part of this trail is not well marked. The section that runs from the summit of Little Jackson down to the north peak of Tumbledown is not markes because it is not official and is not maintained. It is much more than a bushwack, but can be follow once you've found it.

There a review here that says not to bring a dog. This is not accurate. The "Loop Trail" is not dog friendly (although it is not actually a loop, while this trail is a loop, which is likely the source of confusion.) I had my dog with me and had a blast.

This is a difficult trail due to its length, verticle gains and losses, and navigation. I cannot recommend it to someone who is not a comfortable hike AND familiar with the mountain already.

Friday, September 29, 2017

we went up loop trail do not recommend taking a dog lots of very steep rocks and the chimney is impossible with out some helping dog friendly people. otherwise great not an easy hike.

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

Great hike up to Little Jackson. Planned to hike over to the pond however the trail was not well marked and we got significantly off trail! Be careful if taking this path.

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4 months ago

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8 months ago