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

on Bald Mountain Trail

9 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!

12 days ago

Great views! Great foliage in the Fall!

Amazing views and worth it. Metal bars as holds in the steeper traverses and a well marked path guiding you to the summit are very helpful.

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.

Really cool trail close to home. Old foundations, waterfall, beaver pond. And a large balancing rock. Trail marked (white ) after pond.

This is great hike for kids & adults. Views are awesome!
Parking can be tricky on busy days.

Kasey Marsters


Fun hike - includes a lot of steep climbs using metal bars fixed in the rocks. About 30 minutes each way

Great mountain to hike! All different kinds of terrain. Summit is awesome and plenty of room to stretch out and have a snack!

I highly recommend doing this trail it has amazing views and is by far worth it.

Took Lodge-to-Lodge trail south to the Gorman Chairback Lodge (from Little Lyford Lodge) as part of a lodge to lodge X/C ski weekend. A very nice trail and the conditions were perfect as it warmed up a bit. Stayed in one of the cabins down on the pond and had a great time at the Lodge. This place is wicked awesome!

cross country skiing
26 days ago

Did the AMC guided Lodge-to-Lodge nordic ski adventure this weekend. This first leg was from the AMC winter parking area via the Hedgehog Gate Trail to the Little Lyford Lodge. The snow was a bit stiff and icy on this day but the trail was awesome. There was hiking and snowshoeing opportunities on and around the frozen Lyford ponds near the lodge. Very awesome!

26 days ago

I hiked this mountain in the winter with a group - the Northwoods Wellness Collective. We had hikers of all ages with us, kids as low as 11 and adults as high as late 60s! We parked at the dock and walked across a frozen Moosehead Lake to the trail. There's a nice spot near the summit for views, and I highly recommend heading up the fire tower for epic views.

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

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

Went on this trail a few years ago.
Had a great time and can't wait to do it again :)

cross country skiing
29 days ago

A terrific trail over to the Little Lyford Lodge (we X/C skied). You have the initial downhill from the AMC winter parking area which can be hairy if it's icy but then the Hedgehog trail brings you into a wonderfully sublime forest. It's up and down and up and down around and just perfect. Give it a try, you'll love it.

Did this hike with snow and ice on the ground but the trail was well packed down. I wore ice cleats and I’m glad I did as there were several steep sections where it was slick ice. There were some steep inclines where I felt very winded but overall a moderate hike. Well marked trails and gorgeous views at the ledges.

fun trails, cool landmarks. slightly hard to find

1 month ago

Great scramble up to the table lands!

The views were spectacular! I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is afraid of heights. You'll be climbing and walking on trails where you can look over the edge and think: "If I fell right here, I would not survive". With that said, there is no reason you should fall unless you're doing something dumb. ;)

nature trips
1 month ago

Beautiful place completely ruined by inconsiderate dog owners. You can’t look around at the beautiful surroundings because of all the dog poop everywhere, unless you don’t mind stepping in it. Gorgeous place to walk turned into a dog park.

Great trail! Awesome view of the lake and Mt.Washington

Amazing views and steep climbs, but pretty short.

1 month ago

This is a super chill hike with nice scenery. Summer months get a bit busy. It's also a great place to take the dog. In the winter, this is a great little trail to do some snowshoeing.

This is a nice trail that includes some good views of Clarks Pond even though it is bordered by a mall and highways. A little noisy but a good workout. In winter I saw signs of hikers, fat tire bikes, and cross-country skiers.

2 months ago

I completed this hike in October. I’ve never seen such a beautiful colors...or stunning views of New England fall foliage before this. The loop is challenging, but rewarding. Do this as an in and out if you want to avoid very steep climbs and a chimney climb. Not for the faint of heart.

This could be a great trail, but it needs work trimming branches to clear the path and better signage in several places.

2 months ago

Great hike/climb, definitely one of the harder trails in Acadia.

Beautiful scenery and nice stop in Acadia Park.

2 months ago

Easy hike with great views around the pond. Boardwalk was a little slick, so extra traction may be required in icy spots.

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