Explore the most popular walking trails near Bethel with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We hiked up in the rain heading to the north first. The trail is up at a steady incline and then down with little to no level ground. I also found the trail to be a full 3 miles. We will be back to check out the views.

1 month ago

Nice 2 hour hike with beautiful view of the Andro and Bethel area. Moderate difficulty and well marked.

Beautiful hike through a sub-alpine/treeline ecosystem! First 30-45 minutes are pretty much straight uphill but then you're walking on the ridgeline until the Speckled Mt. summit. Ridgeline doesn't have many views but it's a wonderful walk over exposed rock, moss, lichens, and through small pines, red spruce, and low bush blueberries. Took us (we're novice hikers but athletic) about 2hrs to the summit and 2.5 down because we got caught in pouring rain. Summit had 270 degree views of the Whites. Would absolutely do again!

1 month ago

Make sure to go past the first view and follow the cairns up to the money shot. Spectacular view, easy hike up, and was able to run most of the way down. Marked very well and the man who maintains the trail does a great job. Very quiet and secluded.

great hike! I took my dog up this trail with no issues. we did blueberry mountain and speckled mountain. My mostly blind and totally deaf cattle dog made it with no problems. wonderful hike and we plan to do it again!!!

Great hike that should be listed as moderate not easy. We started up the north side and lost the trail for about 20 minutes. The blue blazes need to be redone and a little closer together. Going down the south side was marked a little more clearly.

hiked this trail in early august and it kicked my butt!! it was a tough hike and we got a bit lost along the way, but the rattlesnake pool was an amazing way to cool off and it was a great workout. also - BRING BUG SPRAY! we practically got eaten alive on this hike!

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8 months ago

I hiked this on Thanksgiving Day, 2017. The trail was very well marked and conditions were excellent, hardly any loose rocks or roots. There were a few wet areas but they were easy enough to maneuver through and my feet stayed dry. Great view to the west via a side trail about 3/4 of the way up and a nice (partial) view at the summit.

great trail but not easy it is difficult. but the views are worth it. I highly recommend it.

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11 months ago

We hiked South trail to North. Nice trail. We had 4 dogs with us who also loved it. Pretty views from South Trail. Fun nature facts through out the hike, nice touch.

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11 months ago

Nice trail. Felt secluded. Nice views on the ledges about a quarter mile past the summit. Had no troubles following the cairns up there. Spent the afternoon sunbathing up there. Walked to the trailhead from Crocker Pond Campground.

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11 months ago

Only did the south trail to the memorial crash site. Heard the view was better on the south ridge, so we went back down to eat lunch there. No real summit views. Each trail has mile markers, and a couple informational signs on native vegetation which is a nice touch.

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Spectacular forests and views. But I would rate it moderate for all the stairs and elevation gain.

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Clean yet challenging trails, fun to hike!

Not much scenic..Most of the times you have to hike through woods. When we were hiking there were lot of bugs and mosquitoes( During May), make sure to bring bug spray.

Awesome day hike but wished there were 360° views. Still amazing 180° views at multiple points in the hike. Recommend going up Blueberry and down Bickford Brook Trail if there's been any recent rain!

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Good hike, camp ground close to trailhead, pond. Great weekend out.

Awesome trail for the abuse hiker

Great hike!

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Easy 3 mile loop with about 1,000' vertical. From the trailhead, I hiked to the north ledges then proceeded to the south cliff. The views of the Andro are great from both, but overall the south cliff has much more to offer. I also went t the Gray Memorial and had been unaware there was a plane crash on Mount Will in 1992.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Very pretty and very easy trail. Lots of beautiful foliage on the way up this mountain. The overlook is clear with great views of the surrounding ranges. We hiked on a cloudy and hot day and were blessed with cooling rain at the peak.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

At the trail-head on 113 the sign said that Haystack Notch was 2.1 miles. LOTS of creek crossings. We went about two miles up the trail. At the top was a sign saying we were entering the Cariabo Mountain Wilderness area. Not long after that sign we lost the trail. Someone had flagged it for a few hundred more feet. But then nothing. We were not sure we were still on the trail so backtracked. We could not find any blazes or anyplace where we felt we missed a turn. So we did not continue - not wanting to be the people who need to be rescued off a mountain. Besides we were not planning on a 10 mile hike anyway.

The part of the trail we did was moderate, with the exception of the crossings. Maine is currently in a drought so those were easy, but after heavy rain they could be challenging.

Trail starts at historical buildings, easy to find and trail is very well marked and traveled. Rough terrain towards the top but the views are amazing, worth every bit of exhaustion.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

fun trail.... can be muddy

Good hike!

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Friday, May 25, 2012

A nice walk through woods, along a brook past a pond to Round Pond.

This was a fun hike, mostly wooded. There is some scrambling and a couple of really nice scenic overlooks. Definitely bring bug spray and a camera.

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