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Douglas Mountain

This trail offers a steep climb with spectacular views at the top. Much of the trail is forested with openings in the higher elevations. Some parts of the trail can be wet with challenging stream crossings.
Trail Activity
Length
2.8 miles, Network
Difficulty
Moderate, Advanced
Town
Sebago
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor
Pets
Not Permitted
Fees
Yes

Description

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 red-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.

Other Information

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.

Trail Manager

Visit the Town of Sebago online for more information or contact:

Town of Sebago

Town of Sebago
406 Bridgton Road
Sebago, ME 04029
Phone: (207) 787-2457
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Trail Tips

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Follow the Maine Forest Service fire regulations and check the current fire danger level before you go camping.
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Trailhead Information

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.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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lmacomb
October 14, 2019
Here's a simple description to get to the top: Right from the $3 parking lot, follow the orange trail for about a mile, and when you intersect the blue trail, take it to the top and climb the stone tower.
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.
ambrerose
April 08, 2019
First time at this trail. Went up about 10 am on Sunday 4/7 the weather was 52-55 and partly sunny. I forgot that they have a parking fee so I dropped what ever change I had in my car. ($3) next time I’ll pay twice.

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.
lee
October 19, 2015
These are very well maintained trails. We hiked in mid-autumn and the colors were great. A little bit of chill in the air probably kept the trails fairly uncrowded but I did encounter 3 other parties. We parked and walked up the street to the ledges trail. It was steep but quick to the top and the observation tower had great 360 degree views that included a snowy Mt Washington, Lake Sebago (and other lakes), and great new england autumn colors. We descended via the Nature trail and hooked up to Eagle Scout back to the parking lot. It took about 30 minutes to the top, and maybe an hour down.

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.
angerydad
July 28, 2015
THIS PLACE IS VERY DOG FRIENDLY!!! Just pick up after them and leash them up when you encounter other folks. Kids picked blueberries (LOTS OF THEM) and 85 yr old grand mother made it up to the stone tower and back with no trouble. Please be honest and pay the $3.00 parking fee. Watched two separate cars pull in and the parties got out and just walked off. The 1st one was a Subaru with NH plates and a "Hillary '16" sticker on one side of the rear bumper and "Coexist" on the other. My 12 yr old even asked her if she had a parking pass to which she responded "No." Oh well, I guess she's entitled to free recreation. All in all, a fun adventure for the amateur hiker.
mkane3
April 21, 2015
Walked the Eagle Scout Trail on the morning of 4/19. A little muddy and still snowy in some areas but otherwise a great hike! Trails were well marked.
sabre2up
August 22, 2014
I didn't see anything about no dogs at the parking lot or anywhere else until I got to this site so my well behave Lab was with me. I had a leash and a poop bag just in case.
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.
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