Singepole Trail

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Climb to the top of Singepole Mountain for views of Streaked Mountain and the White Mountains. An old granite quarry near the top provides a unique opportunity for rock hunting and photography.
Trail Activity
Length
3.0 miles, Network
Difficulty
Moderate, Advanced
Town
Paris
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Rock/Ledge
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

Two trails ascend Singepole Mountain from opposite sides and meet just below the summit at an old granite quarry. The trail from Brett Hill follows a multi-use jeep road to the top, offering moderate grades and a wide sandy surface. The trail from Hall's Pond is a narrow foot trail which travels around the pond and then switchbacks up the steep south face of Singepole, offering a more interesting and challenging climb.

  • Brett Hill Trailhead: From the roadside parking, the trail follows the ATV signage pointing straight up the roped-off dirt road. After approximately 0.25 miles, the trail bears left to continue towards Singepole Mountain/Buckfield on the ATV multi-use trail. Immediately after this junction a large red storage structure sits on the right side of the trail and several junked Volkswagon buses and antique autos are parked on the left. From here, the trail follows a rough jeep road, ascending steadily through a mixed deciduous forest for a little over a mile to the summit. At several points the trail emerges from the woods onto wide granite outcropping which offer good views southwest over the Oxford Hills and the White Mountains. Near the summit of Singepole, the trail passes along the rim of a submerged granite quarry. 
  • Hall's Pond Trailhead: From the small parking area near the boat launch on Hall's Pond, the Pond Loop Trail heads north, following the shore of the pond. Though this first section of the trail is unsigned and unmarked, it is well worn and easy to follow. In approximately 0.5-miles, the trail passes through an open old-growth pine grove which extends out into the pond. A small fire ring and idyllic views over Hall's Pond may be found here. A short ways past this grove, the Singepole Mountain trail departs the Pond Loop and begins to climb steeply. This junction is easy to miss for first time visitors, especially with leaves on the ground; look for two red metal bull's-eyes affixed to two trees on the left. Shortly after this junction, the Pond Loop passes over large exposed stones a few feet from the water; hikers that reach this point by mistake should turn back and look for the uphill trail. After the left turn onto the red-blazed Singepole Trail, the route becomes much more strenuous. The 0.5-miles of uphill trail after this junction are characterized by slippery rock banks, narrow ledges and one tight squeeze beneath an overhanging boulder. Past this section, the trail ascends out of the trees and attains the southern false summit of Singepole Mountain. Panoramic views to the south, west, and north include Pleasant Mountain, the lakes and towns of the Oxford Hills, and the White Mountains on the horizon. From here, it is a short walk along well worn jeep trails north to the granite quarry.
  • From the Quarry: Both trails meet at the southern end of the old granite quarry and follow meandering jeep trails east to the summit of Singepole Mountain. Past this point, the trail becomes challenging to follow and visitors may explore the wide granite faces freely. Excellent views of Streaked Mountain and the Mahoosucs may be found along the northeast ledges of the summit.

 

Other Information

These trails are on shared-use routes. Please be mindful of motorized vehicles and be respectful of other users.

Hall's Pond is a drinking water source. Internal combustion engines are prohibited on the pond and bodily contact with the water is not allowed.

The Maine Geological Survey provides additional information about the Singepole Mountain Quarries.

Trail Manager

For more information please contact Hebron Academy.

Hebron Academy
339 Paris Road
PO Box 309
Hebron, ME 04238
Phone: (207) 966-5223
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Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Dispose of solid human waste in a cathole 6-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet from water, camp, or trails. Don't forget to cover it up when you're done!

Trailhead Information

Singepole Mountain may be accessed from both the north and the south.

  • Brett Hill Trailhead: [Shared-use Trail] Turn onto the east end of Brett Hill Road, 2.1-miles along ME-117 from South Paris or 7.5-miles along ME-117 from Buckfield. At the point where Brett Hill Road makes a sharp right turn (about 0.4 miles from ME-117), do not turn, instead proceed straight up Durrell Hill Road for a short ways until you reach a road intersecting from the left and a rope across Durrell Hill Road. Park well off the road. [Durrell Hill Road is rough and unpaved and may be unsuitable for cars with low clearance.]
  • Hall's Pond Trailhead: [Foot-traffic Only] Turn onto Hall's Pond Road, 2.1-miles along ME-119 from South Paris or 2.3-miles along ME-119 from Hebron. From the Paris end of Hall's Pond Road, continue for 0.6-miles and turn right to stay on Hall's Pond Road. The small dirt parking lot is on the left just before the boat launch and pond. From the Hebron end of Hall's Pond Road, continue straight up the hill for 0.8-miles. The small dirt parking lot is on the right just past the pond and boat launch.
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