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From the junction of ME-5 and US-302 in Fryeburg: Travel 0.5 miles east on US-302/Bridgton Road. Turn left into the parking lot of the Jockey Cap Motel and Country Store just before the Dollar General. Parking for the trailhead is located on the far left of the lot, within view of the trailhead kiosk.

Description

The Jockey Cap trail proceeds past the kiosk and enters the woods along a wide gravel and dirt path. The trail bends to the right to bear away from the Mollyockett Middle School and emerges behind the Dollar General. Turning again, the trail enters deeper woods and begins to climb. Within a few hundred feet the trail passes a forested boulder field at the base of Jockey Cap Rock. Small caves and excellent rock scrambling may be found here. Continuing past this boulder field to the left, the trail winds westward around Jockey Cap and climbs steeply for 0.1 miles before breaking free of tree cover and ascending to the apex of the rock. Jockey Cap Rock is crowned by a monument to Robert E Peary, commonly credited as the first explorer of European descent to reach the North Pole. This monument features a panoramic landscape compass, with every visible summit depicted to scale and aligned for ease of identification. Views to the north, west, and south include the Saco River valley, oft snowcapped peaks in the White Mountains and the town of Fryeburg below.

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