Back Pond Reserve

This 249 acre reserve hosts two trails: Ron’s Loop is an easy trail through diverse habitat for all ages and abilities, and The Mountain Trail is a moderately difficult round trip ascent to one of the most spectacular views in the region.
Trail Activity
2.5 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge
Not Permitted


Ron’s Loop (1.0-mile loop, easy): A self-guided trail brochure takes visitors on a loop trail through the lower portion of the property. Features include two streams that feed into Back Pond, a large relatively wet area at the top of the trail where breeding birds are active, hemlock groves, and boulders and moraines from the last ice age. Surveys of birds, mammals, and plants are available at the kiosk.

The Mountain Trail (1.7-mile round trip, moderate): The Mountain Trail promises hikers a spectacular view of the Kezar River Valley, the Five Kezar Ponds, and the White Mountains. This 2.6 mile trail is of moderate difficulty with short sections of steep terrain. Families should exercise care of children at the summit ledges. Currently the trailhead has limited parking.

Orange Trail (0.9-mile connector trail, moderate): The Orange Trail connects Ron's Loop with the Mountain Trail, allowing hikers to extend their visit to the Back Pond Reserve. 

Trail Manager

Visit the Greater Lovell Land Trust online for more information or contact:

Greater Lovell Land Trust

Greater Lovell Land Trust
PO Box 181
Center Lovell, ME 04016
Phone: (207) 925-1056
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Know your limits – it’s okay to turn back. Your home is the ultimate destination, not the summit.
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Trailhead Information

From the intersection in North Waterford of ME Routes 118 and 35, travel south on ME Route 35 a short distance and turn right onto Five Kezars Road (immediately opposite Melby’s Store). Travel approximately 1.5 miles and turn right onto the Kezar Ridge Road which is last road on the right before the road turns to dirt. The Mountain Trail has a small parking area about 0.8 miles down on the right. Parking for Ron’s Loop is on the right 0.25 miles after the parking area for The Mountain Trail. Each is marked with a Greater Lovell Land Trust sign.

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May 18, 2014
Stopped at the GLLT trail sign and did the Mountain Trail, the orange trail back down to Ron's Loop. We hadn't planned to hike here today so we weren't sure where we were or how long the hike is. A small sign at the Mountain Trail parking lot and at the Summit indicating that the orange trail goes back down would be helpful. The kiosk at Ron's Loop is very nice. Great trail and nice views!
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