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1 day ago

Easy hike, fabulous views, especially considering the effort.

on Bald Mountain Trail

2 days ago

The view is always great once at the top, summer or winter! You have two different access to this trail. You can rather start in the parking lot of the Hayes Landing in Oquossoc (will be in a left inside on Rd 4, before you reach Bald Mountain Rd), or you can start right at the bottom of the mountain, on Bald Mountain Rd (will be on a left inside on Bald Mountain Rd, a little bit after you pass Bald Mountain Camps). I regularly hike this trail and kinda prefer the first access. The beginning of the trail is therefore mostly flat and it gives you a chance to warm up before you start going up!

Did a winter hike yesterday before the big nor'eastern came in today. I started at the parking area for old speck/eyebrow and Appalachian trails which is labeled hiking trail parking on the west side of Maine Route 26. Took the Appalachian trail for 3.5 miles, then came to Old Speck trail on the left and followed that .3 miles to summit. (I logged 7.6 miles...not sure why 6.6 miles is listed above) Hike can be steep at times (specially with over a foot of snow) crampons are a must. Some decent over looks during the first section of the hike. Summiting took about 2 hours in the snow. Not great views because the storm had made its way in, however the trees were gorgeous covered in snow.

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Beautiful panoramic views at the top! The trail is a modest incline most of the way. The snow was well-packed and easy to walk on. Once the incline steepens, there is a lot of ice that makes the trail more challenging (I assume this would normally be boulder-ridden, but this time of year you can’t see them). Micro spikes or poles would be worth it over these sections as snow melts daily from the sun and refreezes. In the winter, the trail parking lot is not cleared. You can park on the road safely (it is not heavily trafficked). The trail is short, but plan time to climb the fire tower and enjoy the views. There is a picnic table at the top to sit and refuel. There are also several stream crossings early on for water.

12 days ago

Not much to see with binoculars, still early in this season.

14 days ago

I walked this yesterday 56* sunny in Maine , that was a treat. Small parking lot. trail well marked( BLUE ). Old foundation and lots of great stonewalls. some of the largest ground ledges I have seen in the area, very cool.


This is a wonderful urban trail system with well-marked trails of green, yellow, red and white markers. Portland Trails has done a great job marking and maintaining the trail (including pointing out what plants are invasive). There are several marked posts containing a number but I have yet to find what these numbers represent. Hopefully, someone will post what they represent. Dogs can run free once they get beyond 300 yards from the parking area.

19 days ago

Not challenging at all. Very disappointing. Pics made it look like you went to a top of a quarry. You don't. It's a loop around an old landfill and a tiny bit of woods to walk in. Basically an extension of the dog park.

Good winter hike, easy to follow trail.

Great off leash place for your dog! Beautiful views, and great trails!

Awesome place with a beautiful lake shore and not too crowded.

Nice trail with great view but not marked well. Mostly ice under 3” snow cover which light traction (micro spikes) handled well. Snow shoes would have been a better option but left those at home not knowing there were several inches of powder. Overall nice hike.

Gorgeous at any time of year!

Amazing, beautiful hike! Very ICY! Take proper precautions

This trail is groomed in the winter so it makes for a good winter hike. You should wear microspikes as there are some icy sections. Winter views are better than summer.

1 month ago

This was a lovely winter hike in mid January. The lower half was hard packed snow; the snow was mostly gone from the upper half. A slow running brook provides amazing ice patterns and hoarfrost.

Was a nice hike! I would say moderate is correct, rock scramble may be a little challenging for some but do-able! Went up the Blue and down the Yellow, yellow trail is marked very poorly so give yourself time to walk down. Have to stop at each yellow marker and find the next at a few points on the way down making it very confusing due to the logging that was done...

The views are incredible. Be advised that currently on the southwest trail it’s slabs on slabs of ice. You will want micro spikes for sure. Great challenge though. Definitely going back

I loved this trail. The views over the river were beautiful and the fairy houses were adorable.

Short trek around the remains of a municipal landfill. Not well traveled. The White Trail is well marked but the Yellow Trail markings are far and few between. Nice place for the dogs to run with several small ponds to check out.

Easy to follow very well maintained

3 months ago

I live in Shapleigh. Have been to the top many times, a lot 4 wheeling and dirt bikes in the summer. So it is not a quit trail. Nice view all the way to the ocean.

Could have used microspikes on the top 1/2 of the trail as ice has appeared on the ledges. Managed to travel around the icy areas. Be careful if traveling up this time of year.

Great trail for walking dogs, not too hilly, good river views!

3 months ago

This was a fun hike overlooking the forest; a canopy of colorful leaves could be seen in all directions. If you look very closely with binoculars then downtown Portland and a small glimpse of the ocean is possible.

The climb is always worth it.. beautiful views once we reached the top. Definitely didn't wear the right shoes for snow/ice. Not a hard hike per say but very slippery in areas. Fun to see all the tracks in the snow on the way up. Wish we would've started the trail earlier to enjoy the view up top longer. Incredible. A few in our group didn't make it all the way due to the slick conditions (child in a backpack child carrier... better safe than sorry). Definitely want to come back in the summer/fall!

Relaxing early morning stroll.

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

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