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Starting at the bridge in Grand Lake Stream continue southwest onto the gravel road past the Downeast Lakes Community Forest welcome sign. After 0.5 mile, bear right to stay on the Fourth Lake Road (also known as Wabassus Road).  After 7.5 miles from Grand Lake Stream, look for the trailhead on the northern (right) side of the road. There is parking enough for two vehicles, though additional vehicles can park on the side of the road as long as they do not block the roadway for logging trucks or other traffic.

Description

The Pocumcus Lake Trail provides options for short or moderate loop hikes to the quiet, undeveloped shoreline of Pocumcus Lake. The shorter loop is a hike of 1.3 miles round trip while those who hike the entire trail will cover 3.6 miles. The terrain is moderately rolling, but hikers should expect a rough footpath. Once on the trail, look for yellow painted blazes.

The trail traverses a wide range of forest habitats including early-successional hardwoods, beech, and older hemlock and white pine.  Hiker can expect to hear vireos, thrushes, a variety of warblers, and possibly loons as they approach the lake.  Watch for signs of bear, moose, and other wildlife. 

The trail is intended for foot traffic and day-use only. Tread lightly! Please stay on the trail and carry out any refuse you bring in. Overnight camping is not permitted along the trail.

Other Information

The access to this trailhead is on primarily logging roads. On these roads, logging trucks have the right of way. Please be careful and on the lookout for logging equipment, motor vehicles, ATVs, and mountain bikes and do not block the roads.

The Downeast Lakes Community Forest is a 55,678-acre community asset and public resource. Downeast Lakes Land Trust manages the Community Forest for wildlife habitat, public recreation, and a sustainable timber economy.

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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 Downeast Lakes Land Trust online for more information and a printable map or contact:

Downeast Lakes Land Trust
4 Water Street
Grand Lake Stream, ME 04668
Phone: (207) 796-2100
info@downeastlakes.org

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