Georges Highland Path - Hogback Mountain

The Hogback Mountain trail in Montville, Maine takes hikers past the gigantic glacial erratic known as “piano rock,” through a young beech forest, and up a 50-foot cliff with tiny cascading waterfalls.
Trail Activity
Length
4.1 miles, Network
Difficulty
Moderate, Advanced
Town
Montville
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

The Hogback Mountain section of the Georges Highland Path trail system in Montville, ME, takes hikers past the gigantic glacial erratic known as “piano rock,” through a young beech forest, and up a 50-foot cliff with tiny cascading waterfalls. The payoff at the summit (1,115 feet) is a fantastic southerly view of the Georges River watershed. Hogback Mountain sits to the west of Frye Mountain and the trails of both mountains are linked for an 11-mile adventure.

There is also a trail that leaves from the Hogback summit loop and connects to the Sheepscot Headwaters Trail Network, maintained by Midcoast Conservancy, a nonprofit conservation organization. This partnership has opened up an additional 15 miles of trails for the public to enjoy, featuring old growth hemlock forests, a large hidden marsh, and the rollicking headwaters of the Sheepscot River.

Other Information

Please respect that this trail is on privately owned property and help keep it open to the public by staying on marked trails.

This trail can be slippery due to leaves on the trail in fall and early winter. No overnight camping is allowed. We recommend that hikers wear blaze orange when using Midcoast Conservancy trails during deer rifle hunting season (October-November).

Trail Manager

Visit Georges River Land Trust online for more information or contact:

Georges River Land Trust

Georges River Land Trust
8 North Main Street, Suite 200
Rockland, ME 04841
Phone: (207) 594-5166
info@grlt.org
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Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Wash your dishes at least 200 feet away from water sources, use biodegradable soap sparingly, and scatter the dishwater.
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Trailhead Information

Access is via the Frye Mountain parking area. From the intersection of ME-3 and ME-220 in Liberty, follow ME-220 north for 6.5 miles to an unsigned road on the right, immediately across from Bean Road on the left. Park at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife maintenance building, located 100 feet down the unsigned road and visible from ME-220. From the parking area, walk north on ME-220 for 1000 feet. Trail leaves the road on the left.

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Tammy Pinkham
June 15, 2019
It took a bit to find as the general directions to find anything related to most actual hiking trails are not very good. The trail is located on Walker Ridge Rd but it's not clearly marked and I only happened to catch the IF&W sign accidently on the brown building. Once there you want to stay to the left and from there it's a good walking hike in and out. You do walk along the logging road a lot but we really wanted to stay on the trail. We recommend walking sticks and good waterproof shoes due to the muddy, wet, terrain in some spots. Not a lot of scrambling over ledges or rocks like some other trails. Bring lots of bug spray because you'll sweat it off and you'll need it. The view at the summit is really quite nice. It's a nice way to spend the day. The Ridgetop restaurant had good food at good prices, a very nice wait staff, but the service is a little slow so plan accordingly if you eat there. Happy trails everyone!!!
Katherine Hayford
April 28, 2018
I could not find the trail head, the IF&W building, or Walker Ridge Rd. No discernable signs.
Tim Henderson
December 26, 2015
The loop no longer exists. This is now and out-and-back hike and it avoids the logging roads. It crosses a couple old logging roads, but otherwise is entirely a wooded trail. The new blue blazes are very well done and easy to follow. Very sunny, warm Dec 26th hike.
MariahGleaton
August 23, 2014
Hike on August 23, 2014. Nice hike until you reach towards the top and there is a whole bunch of logging going on and clearcutting. This I think affected the trails, as sometimes it is a little unclear where to go. Sometimes you are walking on the logging road. Nice to have something close by though and otherwise nice hike!
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