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Summit Area: Respect Private Property –
Part of the summit of Rumford Whitecap is privately owned. Please respect the private property rights of our neighbors and other users.

Trailhead

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.

Description

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.

Other Information

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.

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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.

Trail Manager

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
info@mahoosuc.org

Comments

mainetrailfinder January 06, 2017, 12:00 pm EST

From our friends at Mahoosuc Land Trust: There is no trail from the Rumford Whitecap Summit east to the Black and White Trail. Although it looks possible on the map, hikers cannot safely walk from the summit east to the Black and White Trail. There is no trail, the terrain on the Land Trust property is very steep and unsafe. The surrounding land is private and should not be crossed.

taraleblanc January 06, 2017, 9:56 am EST

My sister and I hiked this in late September 2016. I don't know if there's been an unmarked trail extension, but the trail appears to continue beyond the summit. There are concurrent red and yellow blazes which continue beyond the summit and lead to a cut out trail going down the opposite side of the mountain and then joining (if I remember correctly) the Black and White trail. This resulted in our getting rather turned around especially as this continuation appears to cross a property line blazed in exactly the same yellow as the trail markers use. We had planned to hike up red and down yellow. Could someone please verify whether the trail has been extended or altered. Or at least update the trail-head with a warning. It is far too easy to get mixed up as we did (and we're old hands at hiking)!

mainetrailfinder December 28, 2016, 4:47 pm EST

ergrady70 - Sounds like it'll be a great hike! I would stick to the Red Trail (easternmost) up and down, so that you don't get confused descending. I myself had a bit of trouble descending on the yellow trail this spring, though I know they were doing trail work that weekend. But just in case - stick to the red. If there's snow, you'll at least be able to see where you came from!-Nicole (MTF Team)

ergrady70 December 28, 2016, 3:03 pm EST

Thinking about going Friday and expect a good amount of fresh snow to be on the ground. Are trails marked well enough for someone who's going for the first time? Thanks in advance.

mehiker September 01, 2016, 10:23 pm EDT

Here are elevations and hiking times taking the main (red) trail to Rumford Whitecap:Departed parking area at 1:12, elevation 650'follows old woods road at moderate pace to the Timber Stand Improvement Demonstration Site at 1:33, elevation 1210'changes to gentle switchbacks through hardwood forest to beginning of trail over smooth granite at 1:54, elevation 1730'reaches the junction of the Black Mountain trail turnoff to the right at 1:57, elevation 1770'continues over smooth granite to cairn where the yellow trail joins from the left at 2:04, elevation 1870'the surrounding forest gives way to open granite interspersed with low conifers and blueberry bushes 2:07, elevation 1930'follows open smooth granite to the summit at 2:20, elevation 2250'.Total climbing time 1:08Total elevation gain 1600'

mehiker September 01, 2016, 10:09 pm EDT

The yellow marked trail is well marked going up departing from the trailhead parking area. There is no need to hesitate taking it. The person that took it down missed the turn at the saddle between the two hills. He must have gone straight where the trail takes a sharp left going down.

soxpatfan July 18, 2016, 12:03 pm EDT

If anyone has been up the trail to White Cap summit, by July 15/16, please post whether you saw blueberries and in what abundance. Thank you!

vhonkala October 17, 2015, 10:25 am EDT

I hiked the orange trail up on October 7 (2015) with plans to take the yellow trail down. The yellow trail markers have deteriorated to the point of being virtually non-existent though I was able after much effort to find it. Then midway down, the trail dumps you out into the middle of a logging operation. Nothing to do but walk down the logging road at that point which puts you at on Coburn Brook Rd. Yellow Trail a no go. !

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