Tumbledown and Little Jackson via Parker Ridge Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews

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
9 days 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
14 days 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!

5 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.

10 months ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
5 months ago