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lovely autumn hike. currently a beaver dam prevents passage via loop, unless you've got waders on, but still a great hike.

very enjoyable walk through woods and marshlands (under restoration).

hiking
2 days ago

As AllTrails lists this route as an 'out-and-back' and we summited Chaplains, we thought we could be able to descend via Precipice. After attempting to descend for about 0.2mi, it seemed unwise to continue because of the grade and ice forming over the steep face...let alone going down the iron rungs. While signs warn that this isn't recommend to descend from Chaplains via Precipice, the app's distinction of an 'out-and-back' gives a contrary and potentially dangerous impression.

hiking
2 days ago

Exhilarating trail. Tough in some sections but not impossible. First rung&ladder challenge is the toughest... if you can do this one, you can do the rest. In the colder months, leave plenty of time because there’s ice in many areas. For a short hike with a relatively small increase in elevation, this trail packs a punch. Definitely can’t do this just once!

hiking
2 days ago

nice hike and i saw a bobcat up here

great trail. there is a cave tunnel on the ledge facing craigs pond on the ledge if your on top of the summit and you look down towards the trail you come up on it is the ledge next to it on the left there is a wooden bence and it is in front of it slightly to the left look for the crack in the ledge you can shimmy down into it and walk threw a tunnel about 20 feet and come out the other side of the tunnel

great trail. there is a cave tunnel on the ledge facing craigs pond on the ledge if your on top of the summit and you look down towards the trail you come up on it is the ledge next to it on the left there is a wooden bence and it is in front of it slightly to the left look for the crack in the ledge you can shimmy down into it and walk threw a tunnel about 20 feet and come out the other side of the tunnel

Good moderate hike with two small dogs tagging along. Gorgeous views many spots along the way. Didn't do Woodsum or seek out the caves but would love to do them another visit. It was icy and treacherous as a result so keep weather conditions in mind.

tougher than moderate in my book. was very wet with leaves made it more challenging.

IMO on the difficult side of moderate. The terrain itself is pretty consistent and the trails are fairly well-marked but the elevation gain is quite high in a lot of areas. You’ll definitely be sweating on this one! Glad I went in the fall (late September) rather than the summer. For what it’s worth- my tracker (phone) said the hike was more like 7 miles and 2800-2900 gain. There are some slabs on the top that could get pretty slippery. The view on the top is a spectacular 360 view. There is a nice view between 1/2-2/3 of the way up if you don’t feel up to the peak.

Ok so myself, friend and my dog. Only made it to the first marker today. Which by the way are to small to see, very hard to find. Once starting upwards, we turned around because of the ice. We decided to try again in the summer. We will be bad.

This was a great walk in the woods today. Myself, friend and my dog. Parked at the Witt’s end entrance(you park on the side of the road). We then walked to the next sign and Turned around. My Fitbit said the total was 5.06miles. There was snow and ice in places but all in all it was a great walk. Did spook a deer, watched it bounce away. Pretty cool.

walking
5 days ago

Long, flat trail through Scarborough Marsh. Nice place to picnic and walk the dogs.

I went up the north ridge and down the south (no roads go near the south trail down, and you can catch a shuttle). Actually went up and down barefoot, and still did it all in under four hours. If you’re in half decent shape it’s a breeze.

On the way up cars pass very close by several times but that didn’t stop a deer from running across the trail! It’s really crowded on top, and as you get nearer there are lots of people who walked on from the road. It’s a bit lame, but not enough to take away from the hike and views.

I highly recommend going down the south side rather than doubling back. The scenery changes, I passed less than 5 people (and about 20+on north ridge), and it goes straight into one of the campgrounds.

This trail is amazing. Be careful during rain tho.

Beautiful hike. Great views in the way up. the summit was surrounded by tree unfortunantly. But very worth the hike for all the views!

Great bang for your buck with the view/work ratio. Relatively short loop but you get amazing views of the surrounding area and get to see the peaks of Sunday River in all its glory without any people around. Great for all ages and families and highly recommend this hike!

Beautiful hike! was a little rough in places, but had a lot of beautiful stops to rest my legs in the way up. followed the blue markings and a beautiful stream. had to be careful because of the leaves and rocks were a tad slippery. amazing view at the end, very much worth the hike. ended up watching the sunset later on. amazing views!

Fun trail fairly easy with some steeper hills. Lots of roots and unsteady ground. Beautiful views. Great little ferry homes kids and grown ups created all along the path.

hiking
9 days ago

Not very well upkeep to the trail on the wooded side. Being from out of state it was a beautiful but spent most of my time looking at the ground.

Really beautiful hike for a short trail just very wet after 3 days of raining but worth it.

my favorite of all the trails to the fire tower. Best views especially after the leaves fall. Well marked and reasonably dry 2 days after heavy rains

I have a deep personal connection to this mountain. Climbed it many times, when it would permit me to. I attempted it solo in January a few years back, but no luck. Got my truck stuck on the side of the road right by the trailhead (big drop on the shoulder of the road! Bring chains and a friend with a winch!), and then lost the trail in 6 feet of snow. Trail is unmarked except for the wear pattern on the ground itself, so don't attempt unless you or someone you're with knows the way. The site of the former cabin is about halfway, and is now a campsite for tents. From there the steepness about doubles. One of the most underrated hikes in Maine, and a personal favorite for sure.

One more point - the true summit of Big Spencer lies about 1/4 mile farther down the ridge from the communications station. Getting there requires some serious bushwhacking. I attempted it but realized it was futile after struggling to get only 20 feet off the trail. Wear long sleeves and bring an axe or machete! I hear at the summit there is some flagger's tape and a PVC pipe with a notebook inside, to serve as a register. Good luck!

11 days ago

This is the best trail I have ever done! The most beautiful trail for the entire time of the hike and even more gorgeous at the top!

I would do this trail again in a heartbeat!

I have done this trail twice and it is amazing! looking forward to doing it again. You can't beat the views. bringots of water and snacks. It takes a while to do and you will need the energy!

Unlike the title, this trail is open however as it's hunting season you should wear blaze orange.

walking
11 days ago

went for a nice walk, ot was a little wet whrn we went. The beginning was ok but the end was worth it. Definitely will do this again.

Just an FYI you have to drive through the cemetery to park at the trail head. The right side of the trail is flooded due to beaver activity but the rest of the trail is still very pretty. It’s a nice little walk in the woods.

An excellent place to walk, run, and bike; cross country skiing in the winter. The trails are well-maintained. There are several benches and picnic tables along various trails, warming huts for wintertime. Woods, open field, some single-track, lots of hills, riverside trails and a boat landing. There's plenty to explore. Kid and dog friendly.

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