Rumford Whitecap Mountain Preserve
View Connector Trails
From US Route 2 in Rumford Point, take ME Route 5/Ellis River Road north for 3.1 miles. Turn right on Andover Road and cross the bridge over the Ellis River. After 0.4 miles, turn left on East Andover Road, and go another 0.2 miles to the parking lot on the left and the trailhead at a gated gravel road on the right.
Within the Whitecap Mountain Preserve, two trails lead to the summit from the parking lot providing either two distinct experiences or the opportunity for a loop. The Red/Orange Trail starts at the red gate directly across from the parking area, and is marked with red/orange flags. The Starr Trail, marked by yellow blazes and ribbons, starts at the gray gate, about 100 yards north of the parking area on the East Andover Road.
The two trails merge just before reaching the summit, from which point, the remaining distance to along the ridge to the summit is marked by cairns, orange ribbon flags, and a few paint blazes. The ridge line, summit, and many viewpoints on the way up provide breathtaking views of the surrounding area with the Mahoosuc and White Moutains to the west, Mexico Hills to the east, and Androscoggin River Valley to the south.
Please note: You may see red blazes continuing from the summit that mark the boundary. Please do not continue past the summit, as these blazes do not mark a trail and this is private land. There is no connection to the Black and White Trail from the summit; the only connection is the one shown on the above map via the Red Trail.
During the late summer, Rumford Whitecap is widely known for its blueberries that grown on the upper ledges. Although the trails are not maintained for winter use, the summit area is also a well known and popular backcounty ski destination.
For those seeking a shorter route, about a half-mile from the parking lot, a connector trail marked with green blazes links the two trails. The connector trail crosses a picturesque mountain stream near to where it connects to the Starr Trail and provides a shorter, less strenuous loop.
Part of the summit of Rumford Whitecap is privately owned; please respect the private property rights of our neighbors and other users.
Do not camp or start fires in the preserve and carry out all your trash. Please also stick to trails and the durable rock surface of the summit area to avoid stepping on fragile vegetation.
Rumford Whitecap Mountain Preserve is a 751-acre undeveloped tract on Rumford Whitecap Mountain (elevation 2,214 feet). The Preserve, including much of the bald summit and some of the south and east facing slopes, was purchased by the Mahoosuc Land Trust in 2007. It was acquired through the generosity of over 500 donors, grants from the Land for Maine's Future Board, and five charitable foundations.
The Preserve is the home of several natural plant communities, including part of the largest red pine woodland in the state. It has long been a popular picnicking and berrying destination for local residents.
The Mahoosuc Land Trust encourages public interest in land conservation and works to strengthen the connection between people and the land. We support a balance of growth and conservation and emphasize sustainable forestry, recreation, agriculture and traditional land uses.
This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.
Visit the Mahoosuc Land Trust online for more information or contact:
Mahoosuc Land Trust
PO Box 981
18 Mayville Road
Bethel, ME 04217
Phone: (207) 824-3806
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