Douglas Mountain offers a a network of short but challenging trails that lead up to a stone observation tower with expansive views of the Maine Lake Region. The preserve has a rich history and was donated to the Town of Sebago from the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
Eagle Scout Trail (1 mile, moderate): This orange-blazed trail leaves from the parking area to join the Nature Trail from the east. For most of the way it shares or follows closely a snowmobile trail with stream crossings and moderately hilly terrain; however, when the trail turns away from the snowmobile trail to go up the mountain, the terrain becomes a steep uphill.
Nature Trail (0.7 mile loop, moderate): This blue-blazed trail loop leaves from summit area to circle the top of Douglas Mountain and connect with the Eagle Scout Trail. Several steep up and down hills make this moderately difficult terrain. Ledges and an overlook provide some of the interesting features of this trail.
Woods Trail (0.4 miles, moderate): This green-blazed trail leaves from drop-off point on Douglas Mountain Road. It is perhaps the easiest trail to the summit with fewer steep sections. During the winter, the trail also provides snowmobile access to the summit.
Ledges Trail (0.25 miles, moderate): The yellow-blazed trail leaves from the trailhead and drop off point on Douglas Mountain Road, providing the shortest trail to the summit. Side trails offer connection to the Woods Trail as well as alternative routes up the ledges.
A suggested donation of $3.00 per vehicle is requested at the parking lot kiosk to help with the cost of maintaining the trails.
The preserve is open for daytime use only. Fires and pets are prohibited. Vehicles, including bicycles, are also prohibited, with the exception of snowmobiles on specially designated trails.
Hunting is allowed in season, so please wear blaze orange October through December.
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Follow ME 107 north 5.6 miles from East Baldwin or 10 miles south from Bridgton. Turn onto Dyke Mountain Road. After 0.8 miles, turn left onto Douglas Mountain Road and follow signs for the parking area and trailheads.
There are two trailheads and one parking area. The second trailhead, located 0.2 miles farther up Douglas Mountain Road, is for drop-off/pick-up only.
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For the longer walk, come down the way you came -blue, orange.
For a quicker decent (or ascent) take "woods trail".
For the steepest descent (ascent) use the "ledges trail".
"Woods" and "ledges" trail heads begin up the road from the parking lot. Park, pay your $3, and walk the road up hill to their trail head.
Went up the Eagle Scout trail and I wish I had worn my high leg boots because of the ice walking through the snow was best and it was knee deep. There were a lot of slippery spots but I made it up and down without falling. Would suggest footwear traction for winter/spring hiking. I went down the woodland trail. I’m not an avid hiker and I only exercise 2-3 times a week and I found this hike very doable. Took about 1 hr 15 total.
I also had ha dog with me and there are signs to pick up after your dog - so it's very dog friendly despite what this page says under "quick facts". As always have your dog either leashed or under voice control. My dog was friendly to the other hikers but stayed close to me the whole time and wasn't bothersome.
As for the parking fee - it's a suggested donation of $3 so pay if you can. I paid $5, others may not be able to break a $20 and choose to pay another time.
I took the Eagle Scout Trail up, went around by the ledges and than up to the tower. I had the trail to myself all the way up and saw no other people until I got to the tower. I came back down the woods trail which is the way I used to go up about 15 years ago. I enjoyed the Eagle Trail very much. A pleasant hike up a well marked trail. I'm older with an artificial knee and I didn't have any real problems.